Ligament sprains occurs when a ligament is overstretched or torn during a sudden movement where a joint is moved beyond the natural range of motion. The two most common ligaments injured are the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in the knee and Anterior Talofibular Ligament (ATFL) in the ankle.
Muscle strains occur just like a ligament sprain. Tight muscles and poor strength can increase your risk of tearing a muscle.
In younger people cartilage tears (e.g. meniscus tear) can be a result of trauma such as a twisting injury. Whereas, in the older population cartilage tears can be caused by cartilage breakdown as part of the ageing process.
Bones can fracture as a result of direct trauma where the force exceeds the strength of the bone. You can also develop stress fractures from repetitive force (e.g. long distance running) without adequate rest and recovery time.
How can a Physiotherapist help me?
Physiotherapy treatment can help you reduce pain and return to sport as soon as possible. Our Physiotherapists will assess what type of injury you have sustained and how best to prevent deconditioning during your rehabilitation.
When can I return to sport?
Depending on the type of injury, you may require at least 4-6 weeks before you can return to sport without restrictions.
How can I prevent a sport injury?
Injury prevention requires a targeted strength and conditioning program in addition to self maintenance exercises. You will require a sport specific recovery program which will significantly improve your performance and reduce your injury risk.
62% of sport injuries occur during practices rather than games.