What can you do for recurrent sports injuries?

Many injuries such as groin pain, hamstring pain, ankle strains etc. seem to come back to haunt us throughout a season or in subsequent seasons.

These are frequently not what they seem and with thorough accurate assessment, experienced treatments and appropriate exercises these cycles of injury can be broken forever.

Recurrent Hamstring Pain

Not all pain in the back of the thigh is a hamstring strain or tear. If a hamstring feels ready to pull, tight, or is recurrently pulling throughout the season it may be due to a number of factors:

  • A genuine hamstring strain
  • Overuse of hamstring due to poor use of gluteal muscles because of poor core stability
  • Inflexible hamstring due to ineffective or harmful stretching techniques
  • Referral of pain in to the back of the thigh due to disc, joint or muscle injury in the back
  • Referral of pain into the hamstring from the Sacro-iliac joint
  • Referral of pain from Myofascial trigger points in overworked muscles in the pelvic region or back area.

To determine what the true cause of hamstring pain is, it is essential to have a thorough assessment by a qualified and experienced practitioner who can get to the base of your problems, treat accordingly, advise appropriately and prescribe the correct exercise routine for you.

Recurrent Groin Pain

People frequently present with what they or their doctor refers to as groin pain. This pain may be in the front of the hip joint, or slightly above it, in the actual groin area between the legs, or at the pubic bone in front of the pelvis. The cause of each type of pain can be from a very different source and may not necessarily be from a strain or tear of the groin muscles.

Below are a few possible causes, there are many more, of pain in the groin area

  • A genuine groin muscle strain
  • Overuse of groin muscles due to poor use of gluteal muscles because of poor core stability
  • Referral of pain in to the groin area from a disc, joint or muscle injury in the back
  • Referral of pain into the groin area from the Sacro-iliac joint
  • Referral of pain from Myofascial trigger points in overworked muscles in the pelvic region or back area.
  • Abdominal hernia
  • Gilmore’s groin
  • Osteitis Pubis
  • Labral tear in the hip joint

To determine what the true cause of hamstring pain is, it is essential to have a thorough assessment by a qualified and experienced practitioner who can get to the base of your problems, treat accordingly, advise appropriately and prescribe the correct exercise routine for you.

Recurrent Ankle Sprain

If you sprain your ankle once you are at a much greater risk of respraining, and this risk increases hugely if

  • you do not receive good physiotherapy treatment at the time of initial injury.
  • Your ankle swells hugely at the time of initial injury.
  • You use crutches for a prolonged period of time after the initial injury.
  • You are immobilised in plaster of paris for any period of time.
  • You do not give the ankle adequate time to heal before returning to sport after the initial injury

The reasons for this are:

  • Your ligaments do not heal back properly
  • Your muscle support system is weakened
  • Your Proprioceptive system (ie: your brain’s awareness of the position of your foot on the ground) is impaired
  • Other predisposing factors such as flat feet are not addressed and sorted
  • In appropriate footwear or usage may not be changed

To determine what the true cause of your recurrent ankle sprain is, it is essential to have a thorough assessment by a qualified and experienced practitioner who can get to the base of your problems, treat accordingly, advise appropriately and prescribe the correct exercise routine for you.