Conditions Treated at Sports Med London
At Sports Med London, we focus on treating knee, shoulder, and soft tissue sports injuries by surgical and non-surgical means. Muscle pain, ACL tears, and frozen shoulder are some of the more common injuries we can treat or help you manage – we’ve provided more information on these and a selection of other issues below.
Muscle pain – Also known as myalgia, muscle pain be caused by overexertion, injury, inflammation, or soft tissue infection. The pain you feel can range from mild to severe, and you may also experience swelling, tenderness, redness (erythema), and fever. As a result of sports injury, muscle pain can be treated with R.I.C.E – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation of the injured body part. You can use analgesics such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen to assist with relieving symptoms.
Cortisone injections – Cortisone injections are one of the non-surgical methods we use to treat sports injuries. Cortisone, a steroid released by the adrenal glands, is found naturally in the human body. The steroid is used to reduce inflammation, which may also reduce pain, after an injury.
ACL Tears – The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of several ligaments that connect your shinbone (tibia) to your thigh bone (femur). Many athletes feel or hear a pop in the knee when they injure the ligament, which may be followed by feeling unstable, pain too intense to bear weight, and swelling. Initial treatment of an ACL tear is with R.I.C.E. In low demand non-sporting individuals ACL tears can be managed without surgery. High demand, sporting individuals or those with instability with pivoting (twisting) usually require surgery.
Knee Arthritis – Knee arthritis develops when the cartilage (the tough, rubbery surface that reduces friction when the bones rub against one another) at the end of the shinbone, thighbone, and underside of the kneecap breaks down and exposes the bone. If you develop the condition, you may experience stiffness, pain, swelling, and deformity. The condition may be treated surgically and non-surgically.
Frozen Shoulder – Fracturing the shoulder or tearing one of the tendons in it can cause frozen shoulder, which severely limits movement of that arm. The shoulder’s lining is the capsule, which is usually elastic, loose, and thin. But with frozen shoulder, the capsule and ligaments contract, and they become thickened and inflamed, causing pain and stiffness.
Rotator Cuff Tears – The rotator cuff is a group of tendons that keep the ball part of the upper arm bone in the socket of the shoulder. They also rotate and lift the arm bone. A rotator cuff tear could affect one or more or those tendons, and tears can be partial or full thickness. This can cause pain and, in the case of the latter, loss of arm function and weakness. Cortisone injections, physiotherapy, and surgery are possible treatments.