Royal Wedding or FA Cup?

On Saturday, 19th May 2018, the world (or at least large parts of the UK) will be divided firmly in to two camps: those wanting to absorb everything to do with the Royal Wedding, and those with an eye on the FA Cup Final.

In an attempt to cater to the individual interests of these two very specific camps, we thought we’d look at the common injuries you can sustain at either a wedding, or playing football. 

Common wedding injuries

On the surface, weddings may not seem like the most likely of places to sustain an injury, but you’d be surprised.  Asides from the injury which can be caused from an ill-fitting ring, there are other opportunities for muscle strain.

No wedding would be complete without the need for a brand new outfit, handbag, headwear and shoes (perhaps less so for men) to really add the wow factor for guests.  When you add unworn heels to uneven ground covered in either grass or gravel, you have a potential recipe for disaster.

All too often guests get their heels caught in grates, or mud patches and find themselves getting stuck or falling over.  Even if you manage to stay on your feet, a twisted ankle can cause major problems and prolonged pain.

If you do find yourself suffering from an ankle sprain then strengthening exercises (as prescribed by a physiotherapist) can be performed to help improve range of movement and weight bearing.  Seeking help early on, following an injury, is also a great way to ensure that not much damage is done by overcompensating for the injury.

Another very common cause of injuries can result from excesses on the dancefloor.  Individuals who suddenly feel their inner John Travolta exploding to the surface, may find themselves over-exerting themselves during a particular enthusiastic rendition of Come On Eileen.  This can lead to muscle strain or even damaged tendons!

In such situations your physiotherapist will always ask what led to the injury, as well as any past injuries you may have had and your general medical history and health. From here they can assess the damage and the best course of treatment to get you back on your feet (and the dancefloor) again as quickly as possible.

Common footballing injuries

As a contact sport, there is always a good chance that those playing football are likely to get injured somewhere along the line.  Lower limb injuries are the most common, for obvious reasons, and include cruciate ligament tears, ankle sprains, broken bones and groin strains.

Treatment for any of these conditions and injuries can involve deep tissue massage, joint mobilisations, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, taping or strapping and of course, specifically tailored exercise programmed.  These will all help with pain management, strengthening, rehabilitation and the reduction in risk of future injury.

To find out more about how a physiotherapist can help you, no matter what injury you may have sustained (or how you sustained it), speak to the team at Active Physiotherapy today.