Tackling sports injuries AktivOrtho™ way…
Quick Tips for Sports Injuries
- Niggling old injuries: All sportspersons are likely to have some old injury/niggle from the past and they would still like to continue training or doing some kind of sports activity, so the way to address old injuries is to apply any anti-inflammatory gel/ointment followed by a five minute heat fomentation.
- Apply ice pack: Pre- and post-activity, apply an ice pack for 15 minutes. This way, you could prevent a flare-up of an injury.
- Apply RICE principle: RICE stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. Immediately following any injury, the affected part should be rested and iced down. Elevation normally means the injured part should be raised above the level of heart to reduce swelling and bleeding if there is any. Compression means pressure should be applied to the injury part which will not only help in case of bleeding in order to control blood loss but swelling as well by pushing the extra fluid in the affected part back into circulation.
- Visit a doctor: After first aid, a thorough examination by an expert particularly in sports injuries should be carried out as soon as possible to establish the amount of damage and structures involved. Subsequent treatment is dictated by the examination findings.
- Prevention is better: Prevention means to train the body in a way that an injury is less likely to occur. It is a holistic approach that involves sports coaches, doctors, physiotherapists and the parents. Combining orthopaedic expertise with the requirements of the specific sport can effectively prevent sports injury in performance.
By Dr. Rana Chengappa, clinical director, sports medicine, AktivOrtho™