Sports Injuries are classified in a few ways, firstly by either Acute or Chronic,
Acute refers to injuries that occur in an instant, i.e bone fractures, muscle or tendon strains, ligament sprains and contusions, acute injuries usually result in pain, swelling, tenderness, weakness and the inability to use or place weight on the injured area.
Chronic injuries refer to those that occur over an extended period of time and are sometimes called overuse injuries, some examples would be tendinitis, bursitis and stress fractures and like acute injuries they also result in pain, swelling, tenderness, weakness and the inability to use or place weight on the injured area.
Sports injuries are also classified in degrees of severity being mild, moderate or severe,
mild injuries will generally result in minimal pain and swelling and will not generally effect ones performance, they are not tender to touch or are they deformed in any way.
Moderate sports injuries will result in some pain and swelling and will have a limiting effect on ones performance, the injury will be tender to touch, it may also have some discolouration at the site of the injury.
Severe sports injuries will result in increased pain and swelling as well as greatly impacting on ones performance and daily activities, the site of the injury is commonly very tender to touch and more commonly have discolouration and deformity.
Correct and fast diagnosis is essential in the early stages of any injury especially within the first 24 hours and without doubt the most effective initial treatment for soft tissue injuries is what we call the RICER regimen, in short...... Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Referral
for the appropriate medical treatment.
Want to know more give us a call: 07887 898159