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Anyone who plays sports on a regular basis will have suffered some form of sporting injury. Athletes, long distance runners and footballers all try to avoid strain and pain, but sometimes injury happens. Below we explore some common sports injuries and treatments.

Back pain

Most athletes will experience back pain. This usually resolves within a few weeks with stretching, hot and cold packs, pain medication and keeping active. If this becomes a long-standing problem, then back massage can help to relieve pain and ease movement.

Sprained ankle

This occurs when the foot turns inwards and most commonly affects runners. The ligament is torn or stretched which results in inflammation, swelling, pain and ankle weakness. This is treated with rest, the application of an ice pack, a compression bandage and elevation. A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory can help with any pain.

Groin strain

This is when the muscles of the inner thigh are strained, which results in difficulty of movement and pain. Most common in footballers, runners and hockey players, treatment is usually with an ice pack, rest and compression.

Hamstring strain

The hamstring refers to the three muscles that run along the back of the thigh. Pain occurs when it becomes overstretched, usually by running or in sports that involve the leg kicking outwards. Recovery is usually slow as rest is needed and this is difficult to achieve. Sports massage and laser light therapy can help to reduce pain during recovery.

Sports massage can help

Many sports injuries can be helped with sports massage. This provides deep massage to the muscles to help loosen tight muscles and alleviate pain. This is particularly useful on the back, shoulders and legs.

The benefits of light laser therapy

Light laser therapy is often used in combination with sports massage and sports physiotherapy. This non-invasive procedure penetrates deep into the muscle, helping to reduce tension and pain.

A sports injury clinic can fully assess your injury and provide treatment by trained professionals, as well as offering sports rehabilitation programs. To learn more about Infinite Health and how we can help you, simply get in touch with us today.