Sports and Skiing Injuries
Sports injuries are very common and can be broadly divided into two categories. Some injuries are ‘Acute’ where something tears or breaks and chronic injuries usually from overuse or an issue with the type of training being undertaken.
If a joint or limb swells immediately following an incident it is likely something has torn or a piece cartilage or bone has broken. This is usually a serious injury and accompanied by loss of function (unable to continue the sport) and pain. We’d recommend rest, ice and elevation (RICE) initially followed by advice from your GP, a qualified physiotherapist or ourselves.
If the joint or limb becomes stiff, painful or swollen the day after sport this is usually a less serious problem. Immediate assessment/treatment is therefore not always urgent but recommended if this is happening repeatedly despite rest. If a recurrent problem is happening, an x-ray and/or an MRI scan maybe indicated to ensure no permanent damage is occurring with continued activity.
In the winter months we see many patients who have had an injury whilst skiing or snowboarding. Often these injuries have been treated already with some patients having had surgery immediately in the ski resort. Early follow-up (within 1-2 weeks) once back home is highly recommended. This is to ensure that you are following the correct rehabilitation protocol and that the wounds and or fractures are healing. Please bring with you all available X-rays and the notes from the treatment centre if you have them.
The knee is particularly vulnerable to skiing injuries due to the huge forces created by the lever arm of the length ski. If you have injured your knee skiing and the binding did not release proper assessment is recommended as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture commonly occurs with this mechanism.