Osteopathic Treatment for Sports Injury Management

Osteopathic Treatment for Sports Injury Management

Sports injuries are common. They can be very painful. Time-consuming to recover from.  And worst of all prevents you from playing your desired sport. Injuries generally occur when your body can no longer tolerate the load it is put under. Ultimately it breaks down.

Osteopathy helps the body’s natural ability to heal itself, by restoring its equilibrium and reducing stress on injured areas. Osteopathy is a primarily hands-on treatment modality that involves the manipulation of muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints to restore mobility and relieve pain.

Osteopathic treatment for sports injury management aims to improve the overall functioning of the body by ensuring its structure and function in unison. The Osteopath’s aim is to align the body systems, so they are once again working harmoniously. And you are pain free

What Is a Sports Injury?

A sports injury is where you damage the body’s musculoskeletal system. This can be a muscle, ligament, joint or bone.  This could be through an accident, overuse, or simply doing too much too soon. A sports injury can keep you out of action and prevent you from doing things that are important to you. It can be a career-ending injury for some sportspeople.

How Does It Happen?

Like other injuries, sports injuries may occur as a result of a trauma or an overuse injury. Trauma is an injury caused by something hitting or pressing on the body very hard.  Like when you roll your ankle or fall heavily on your shoulder participating in sport. An overuse injury is caused by the body being placed under more stress than it can handle repetitively for a prolonged period. Much like tennis elbow or shin splints. Of course these are simple examples. Often there are multiple reasons for why our bodies break down. 

What Are The Symptoms?

Common symptoms that you may have suffered an injury include: Pain at the site, swelling, bruising, altered movement, redness and reduced performance.

Is It Serious?

Sports injuries range from minor to more severe. You should always seek immediate attention if you suspect a fracture, as this may damage underlying tissues and structures such as nerves, blood vessels, and muscles.

The quicker you can get an assessment of your injury, the quicker your recovery will be. An accurate diagnosis is vital in any sports injury, it guides your rehabilitation program. An incorrect diagnosis will often delay your healing times. Scans are often NOT necessary, and can potentially delay your recovery times.

Osteopathic Treatment for Sports Injury Management

How Does Osteopathy Treat Sports Injuries?

Osteopathy treats sports injuries by helping the body to restore itself to balance after an injury or trauma. Osteopathy uses hands-on techniques that ease tension or improve mobility within the body’s muscles, bones, ligaments, and connective tissue. Our main goal is to strengthen the injured area. We do this via a specific exercise program that is unique to you and your injury.

How long does it take to recover from a sports injury?

Recovery from a sports injury can vary from weeks to months depending on the severity of the injury. It also depends on how quickly you get Osteopathic treatment and whether you adhere to the exercise program and injury advice given by your Osteopath. 

Common Sports Injuries

Common sports injuries include 

  • Ankle sprains
  • Tennis / Golfers Elbow (epicondylitis)
  • Rotator Cuff Injury – Shoulder Injuries
  • Knee injury: ACL tear
  • Knee injury: Patellofemoral syndrome (runner’s knee)
  • Groin Strains
  • Shin splints
  • Hamstring strains
  • Muscle Strains
  • Ligaments Strains

Osteopathic treatment benefits for sports injury management

  • Minimising loss of function in injured areas
  • Increased blood flow to the point of injury
  • Decreased swelling of the injured area
  • Faster return to full function
  • Earlier detection or prevention of injury recurrence
  • Shorter recovery time after an injury
  • Enhanced return of function
  • Restoration of normal movement patterns, and coordination
  • Reduced use of pain medication
  • Reduced stress and anxiety 


Can An Osteopath Help With Pulled Muscles?

Osteopaths can help with pulled muscles. In addition to treating musculoskeletal injuries, osteopaths are trained in a whole range of other health care skills which they can apply if required.

An osteopath can help with many acute sports injuries. They also know when to refer a patient to another professional such as an orthopedic surgeon for further examination and intervention.

What Happens During An Osteopathic Treatment?

Common Osteopathic techniques used for sports injury management may include:

  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Joint Mobilisation
  • Joint Manipulation
  • Dry Needling
  • Shockwave Therapy
  • Exercise Prescription

During an initial consultation, an osteopath will ask about your medical history and how you sustained your injury. We also carry out a physical examination to see where your problem lies and feel around the muscles for areas of tension, tightness, and pain. We want to assess, where the problem lies, What other body parts have been affected. What is not moving. And sometimes where structures are moving too much. 

Once this has concluded, an Osteopath will be able to ascertain the most appropriate sports injury management treatment for you. We will guide you the entire way. That is, from the treatment room back to the sporting field. 


Final Thoughts:

Osteopathic treatment for sports injury management is an important adjunct to returning to the sporting with the confidence your injury has healed. 

Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) includes gentle adjustments that improve mobility in the skeletal system, as well as myofascial release techniques designed to stretch muscles, relieve spasms, increase circulation and relax overactive muscles. 

OMT is often effective for the relief of pain, restoration of range of motion, and prevention of chronic problems and sports injuries.

Equilibrium Sports and Spine Clinic is your local provider of osteopathy services. We offer a wide range of Osteopathy treatments to the communities surrounding Glen Iris, Malvern, Hawthorn, Caulfield, Ashburton Camberwell Kooyong South Yarra Toorak. Take care of all your sports injuries by booking an appointment today!

Ensure your sports injury is effectively managed at Equilibrium Sports and Spine Clinic by booking an appointment today!

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