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About Sports Injuries
- We all like to keep fit, enjoy the outdoors and use our physical bodies. Whether you are a highly-trained athlete or a weekend warrior, there’s always a chance you could get injured. Unfortunately, when injuries happen, it can be hard to know what you’ve tweaked or how to treat it.
- Soft tissue injuries can derail your fitness goals but understanding them can get you back on track… or gym, or bike.
Hip Flexor Strain
Your hip flexor is found on the upper part of your thigh and is used to move your leg forward or lift your knee toward your trunk.
Hip flexors tend to be weak in people who sit a great deal or have poor sitting posture. Injuries to this muscle group can be caused by sprinting or activities with quick turns or sudden starts.
A strain would be identified by pain felt on lifting the leg (stair climbing, while lying or from sitting), or during running. There might even be bruising.
Knee Ligament Tear or Strain
- A healthy knee has 4 ligaments that keep the knee joint in place and upright while allowing some side to side movement as required.
- Straining or tearing the stabilizing ligaments of the knee are common sports injuries. one of the major stabilizing ligaments of the knee. Most often, the cause of knee ligament injuries is slowing down and trying to cut, pivot or change directions.
- Those with knee ligament injuries will suffer instability when walking or turning corners, as well as increased swelling and pain in the affected knee.
- The groin muscles run from the upper-inner thigh to the inner thigh right above the knee.
- A groin pull is also called a groin strain. Groin muscles pull the legs together and are often injured with quick side-to-side movements and/or a lack of flexibility.
The injured athlete might notice difficulty with lateral movements, getting in and out of cars, as well as tenderness or bruising in the groin or inner thigh.
Shin splints are most often found in athletes who are runners or participate in activities with a great deal of running, such as soccer.
Athletes with shin splints complain of pain in the lower leg bone, or the tibia. Athletes typically get shin splints diagnosed early in their season, as they increase activities or mileage too quickly.
- Sciatica can be seen in athletes who are in a flexed forward posture, such as cyclists, or athletes who perform a great deal of trunk rotation in the swing sports, like golf and tennis.
- Sciatica is back pain that also travels down the back of the leg or even to the feet. This radiating pain can additionally be associated with numbness, burning and tingling down the leg.
Read more about Sciatica here: Sciatica
- The hamstring muscle is located on the back of the thigh.
- Unfortunately, the hamstring muscles can be tight and are susceptible to a strain, which is also called a pulled muscle. Poor stretching techniques or lack of stretching can be the cause of a hamstring tear/strain.
- Pain can be felt walking, climbing and getting up from a sitting position.
- Often, an athlete with a hamstring tear will experience bruising in the back of the thigh or the knee.
Shoulder injuries cover a large number of sports injuries from dislocations, misalignment, strains on muscles and sprains of ligaments.
The shoulder is the weakest joint of the body and is subject to a great deal of force during athletic activities. Many shoulder injuries can be caused by either a lack of flexibility, strength or stabilization.
See more about Shoulder Pain here: Rotator cuff
Tennis or Golf Elbow
- Tennis elbow or Golfer’s elbow can be labeled as an overuse sports injury, also known as medial or lateral epicondylitis. The tendons connecting the arm muscles connecting to the elbow bones become inflamed and sore.
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow is usually seen with athletes performing a great deal of gripping activities. Due to the repetitive action, the tendons of the forearm can become inflamed and make any wrist or hand motions extremely painful.
- Often, athletes will complain of a lack of grip strength and pain when lifting that uses mainly the arm in question.
See more about Tennis Elbow here: Tennis Elbow
- Acute Sports injuries are best treated by rest and icing for 15 to 20 minutes at a time for the first 48 to 72 hours.
- After the first three recovery days, the injured athlete could apply heat for 15 to 20 minutes followed by lying down and performing gentle stretches.
- Banding, bracing and taping can help to stabilize injured joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles while they heal.
- If the pain, symptoms and limited activity remain after two weeks, the individual should seek out physical therapy for pain and swelling control and instruction in specific strengthening exercises to regain power, range of motion and movement.
- NSAIDS and other pain medication may be taken if tolerated.
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- Ultrasonic sound waves are pulsed into the affected inflamed and injured tissues at a million vibrations per second.
- The sound waves penetrate the skin and surface layers causing the soft tissue to vibrate. This produces increased blood flow to the area to help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation and thereby relieve pain.
- Increased blood flow also delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the tissue, removes cell waste and aids healing. Regular ultrasound therapy on your injury relieves pain and speeds the healing process.
- Ultrasound is a drug free and proven modality.
How to use your Sonic Relief to treat Sports Injuries
- Apply a quarter size dollop of ultrasound gel over the area of pain or injury
- Turn on the Sonic Relief device to the “high” setting.
- Apply the sound head directly over the gel and move slowly in a small circular motion no wider than 3 – 4 inches.
- Add more gel if the gel begins to dry out.
- Sonic Relief will shut off after 10 minutes at which time the treatment is complete.
- Wipe the gel from skin and the sound head with a soft cloth or paper towel.
- You may treat multiple areas one after the other – ie, ham string followed by bicep, left side, right side – as needed.
- Put the Sonic Relief back in the charger to be ready anytime you need it for your sports injuries or any other soft tissue pain or injury.
- Treat each area up to 3 times per day for 2 weeks. Then treat as needed.
- Good idea: keep your Sonic Relief by your bedside. Do your treatment before you go to sleep for a chance at a pain free night. Then first thing in the morning to start the day off right. Then try to get a 3rd treatment in during the day – either before or after an activity that generally exacerbates your pain and injury.
Allowed me to get back on track for my marathon
The Sonic Relief has been amazing! I had been trying to run through my Achilles tendonitis for about 4 – 6 weeks when I realized I needed to do something about it. I previously had Achilles tendonitis and went to physical therapy twice a week for two months. This time, I was training for a marathon and didn’t want to waste the time AND money going to a physical therapist. When I came across the website, I figured it was worth a try. The Sonic Relief COMPLETELY cured the pain and allowed me to continue training after only three weeks, which has allowed me to get back on track for my marathon. I recommend the Sonic Relief to anyone.
Dan Callistein – Chigaco IL