Sports Injuries

Training in orthopaedic surgery involves considerable exposure to sports injuries. In addition to this, I have studied the wider areas around sports injuries and have become a member of the faculty of sports and exercise medicine (MFSEM). This does not make me a consultant in sports and exercise medicine, as this is attained through a different training pathway, but it has helped to give me a much better understanding of athletes, training and to be able to work more effectively with physiotherapists.

Professional athletes have the advantage of incredible access to rehabilitation, and the time to dedicate to their recovery. The principles can be applied to amateur athletes and anyone involved in sporting participation or exercise. Common problems I might see include groin pain, hip adductor problems, tendinopathies, hamstring avulsion, injuries to the ligaments of the knee (such as the ACL) and meniscal problems.

Degenerative disorders also come into the sphere of sporting injuries. Previous injury may unfortunately lead to the premature onset of arthritis. In this situation a careful assessment of the training loads, types of training and recovery need to be undertaken, before reviewing the surgical options available.

    Health, wellbeing and exercise are increasingly important across the age groups and there is inevitably an interaction with osteoarthritis, which is very common. A diagnosis of osteoarthritis does not preclude exercise, and consideration of the best exercise strategy may be enough to maintain your fitness. Despite this, there are times when the pain and restriction of hip or knee arthritis is enough to push you to seek an opinion from an orthopaedic surgeon. The good news is that although a major operation is never to be taken lightly, there are countless people out there exercising who have undergone a hip or a knee replacement.

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