5 Sport Injuries That Require Compression to Heal
Compression Treatment for the 5 Most Common Sports Injuries
People nowadays have discovered the importance of being physically fit. Lifestyles trends have shifted to a healthier and more physically active one as compared to before. Though this may be good, having a physically active lifestyle has its pros and cons. During the transition a lot of people have gotten accustomed to the physical activities with ease. Some however were not as lucky. Injuries, one of the cons to having a physically active lifestyle may be avoided by being aware of what they are and how we can get them while working out reducing the chances of getting them.
There are some sports injuries that are more common than others, considering how much we use our bodies while engaged in sports. Hearing about these injuries, at times discourage people from engaging in such activities when in fact having knowledge about them may help in reducing the risks of engaging in sports as one would be more familiar with what the injuries affect and how they happen. This will allow us to continue to enjoy the benefits of having active lifestyles without the fear of hurting ourselves.
The most common treatment to sports injuries is the RICE method. In this method the joint may be treated with Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Rest as we all know helps our muscles and joints to recover without having to receive addition strain. The use of Ice or Cooling Packs are done to ease the pain by numbing the nerves and allow muscles to relax. Compression with the use of compression garments help with the circulation of blood into and through the affected muscles bringing more oxygenated blood to the affected areas. Elevation also helps with circulation preventing nerves from falling asleep. The type of treatment used depends on how severe the injury may be and at times, surgery and rehabilitation may be needed.
ROTATOR CUFF TEARS
The rotator cuff is found in the shoulder area and is a group of muscles which help us, as the name implies rotate our arms and shoulders. We use these muscles more times in a day than we might think we do. Incurring a tear on the rotator cuff inflicts pain that we may feel in the shoulder area, especially when weight or pressure is applied on it in common activities like sleeping on the affected side. This pain is also felt with specific movements like when we lift or lower the arm. A feeling of weakness in the arm is also a telling sign, but what is most obvious would be a crackling sensation when moving your shoulder and arm.
There are a lot of reasons as to why we may tear our rotator cuffs, and some of them become more prominent with age. Repetitive movement or overuse is something that is occurs in a lot of activities outside of sports. Constant strain on the muscle at times may lead to shoulder impingement where tissue is uncomfortably pressed against the bone. Calcification or the formation of calcium deposits in the tendon area may also be problematic as they may cause tears in tendon or muscle.
The Knee joint similar to our shoulders is subject to overuse as it is a key joint in everyday movement even outside sports. ACL Tears happen when a lot of strain is put on the muscle on a daily basis. As such even when not actively engaged in sports ailments like runner’s knee may afflict people who may have never ran a marathon ever.
One of the multiple injuries or ailments on the knees. The ACL tear, a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament, may happen when we lands badly, plant our feet to turn awkwardly to change our direction, or when we hit a sudden stop. These action put a lot of stress on our knees due to the sudden high impact on the knee joint. A popping sound followed by your knee weakening is a sign that you may have injured your ACL. This is followed by painful swelling and tenderness on the affected knee.
Just like ACL tears, meniscal tears also start with popping sound and is followed by swelling and tenderness on the affected knee. Meniscal tears occur in the cartilage area of the knee joint. The menisci are two cartilages, they cushion and stabilize the joint. When afflicted by the injury you may notice that the affected knee will begin to stiffen and become painful when used ultimately preventing any future use until treated.
The Labrum is a cartilage that cushions ball-and-socket joints such as shoulders and hips. A labral tear is a tear in the cartilage that cushions joint. This layer of cartilage is important to how the joint functions as it stabilizes the socket and the joint preventing them from grinding against each other while at the same time keeping them in place. One of the ways to identify a labral tear is when there is a locking sensation accompanied by pain when turning the joint. This is usually treated with pain relievers and physical therapy. In more serious cases surgery may be needed to remove the loose labrum and repairing the ball-and-socket.
There are more shoulder injuries that may happen besides the aforementioned. Bankart lesion is a tear under the middle of the socket. This causes pain and swelling and gives a feeling that the joint is unstable. A highly concerning feeling as we rely on it frequently. Shoulder injuries in general are identified by pain, popping or grinding sensations felt in the shoulder area. These symptoms should not be taken lightly even if they currently do not impede our day to day activities as continued temporary treatment may cause further damage to our shoulders.