It is very hard to deny that living the active lifestyle and engaging in sport activities can be tremendously useful for our health. It is also hard to deny that increased physical activity raises the chance of injuries. Fortunately, the pros of the first argument largely outweigh the cons of the latter one, so we should not have any doubts which way to go. However, it does not mean that we should take injuries lightly. If untreated properly, some of them can cause a long-term damage to our bodies. Let us see what those injuries are, and why it is important to leave the treatment to professionals.
Strains and Sprains
One of the most common types of sport injuries which can occur in almost any kind of physical activity. Strains and sprains occur when a ligament overstretches or even tears. They are most common in wrists, knees, and ankles. The symptoms that point out to them are pain at rest, swelling, redness, bruising, weakness of the muscle, or inability to use the muscle at all. Although they are usually harmless, in some cases they can cause very unpleasant chronic pain, so be sure to ask the physician’s opinion if you experience the symptoms.
Groin pull is usually earned by pushing off in a side-to-side motion, which makes it the number one enemy if you are interested in football, hockey, soccer, and baseball. Its symptoms include tenderness and pain in the groin, pain when you raise your knee, pain when you bring your legs together, and finally a snapping feeling during the injury. A groin pull treatment usually includes taking the anti-inflammatory painkillers, like naproxen, so it is strongly advised to ask the doctor's opinion before getting them. Also, some cases of the pull may require active stretching and strengthening exercises which should not be performed without a proper guidance.
This is one of the most severe sport injuries you can get, and the one with the most severe consequences if left untreated. Namely, the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) holds together the leg bone and the knee. If it is strained due to a sudden hit, or a sudden “cut”, it may completely tear, and leave the knee buckling and unstable. Unfortunately, the only way to treat the ACL tear requires surgical assistance. If you hear the dreaded “pop” sound during some sport activity at any time of the day, be sure to immediately contact some reliable 24 hour urgent care center and solve this dangerous issue.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Another knee injury, Patellofemoral pain syndrome is caused by excess weight and the knee overuse and results in improper kneecap alignment. It is a common type of injury in basketball, running, and volleyball. You will recognize it by the occasional knee pain (especially when you are sitting, squatting, and going down the stairs), knee buckling, and grinding sensation when you move your knee. Although it can sometimes be tamed with 6 weeks of low impact exercises, some more serious cases may require surgical intervention or wearing a knee brace, so consultations with doctors are well-advised.
Although it does not exclusively occur as the result of some sport activity, it may happen due to repeated motions like throwing a ball, kneeling, or swinging a bat. Unfortunately, arthritis develops very gradually, so its symptoms can sometimes go unnoticed, but that only underlines the need for seeking the professional advice whenever you feel joint pain and stiffness.
In the end, all we can add is that all the injuries we mentioned above should not, by any mean, discourage you from engaging in physical activity. If anything, sport can only help your body become stronger, healthier and reduce the risk of potential injuries. Caution is always advised no matter what kind of sport you engage in.
Gabriella Diesendorf is a freelance writer from Australia and a devoted mother. She loves badgering about beauty, green lifestyle choices and parenting techniques, and if you mention attachment parenting or natural makeup she will bore you to death. You can find her on Facebook