Runner's and Athletes' most common injury
Running and athletes are susceptible to stress fractures, which are a common injury. Stress fractures most commonly occur in the lower leg, but can also occur in the foot or ankle. The most common cause of stress fractures is excessive loading, such as running on hard surfaces or jumping repeatedly. Other causes include overuse and repetitive movements. Treatment depends on the specific fracture but may include rest, ice therapy, and crutches.
What is a stress fracture?
A stress fracture is a bone fracture that occurs as a result of repeated micro-trauma to the bone. This can occur from physical activity, such as running or jumping, or from repetitive strain, such as lifting heavyweights. Stress fractures are most common in the tibia (the lower leg bone), but can also occur in other bones, including the femur (thighbone). They typically take several weeks to heal and may require surgery. Physiotherapy can help speed up the healing process and prevent further fractures.
Causes of stress fractures
Stress fractures are a common injury in adults. They can occur when the body is subjected to sudden, repeated strains or when there is an increase in physical activity. Minor stress fractures don’t require treatment, but if the fracture is serious, the injured person may need physiotherapy to help them recover. Many factors can cause stress fractures, including age, weight, genetics, and lifestyle choices.
How to prevent stress fractures
Stress fractures are a common injury in athletes. They occur when the bone does not heal properly after being broken. When this happens, the bone becomes fragile and can fracture easily. To prevent stress fractures, it is important to take care of your bones and have regular physio sessions. Physio can help your body to heal properly and reduce the risk of developing stress fractures.
Treatment of stress fractures
There are many ways to treat stress fractures. Physiotherapy is a common treatment for these fractures and can help improve the healing process. Physical therapy can involve exercises to improve muscle strength and flexibility, as well as reduce swelling and pain. Many people also use crutches or a walker to help them regain their mobility. If the fracture is severe, surgery may be required.
Follow these tips to keep you running and participating in your sport!
Running is a great way to get exercise, but it’s not the only way. Physiotherapy can be a great complementary tool to help keep you running and participating in your sport. Here are 8 tips to help you stay active and injury-free:
1. Make sure you are properly fitted for your running gear. This includes selecting the right size and type of shoes, as well as the right type of clothing. Be sure to have your physio check what you are wearing before you start running so that any adjustments can be made if necessary.
2. Warm-up properly before starting your run. Start by walking or jogging slowly for 5-7 minutes, then increase your speed gradually as you warm up.
Do I need a doctor's referral to book an appointment?
A referral from a doctor is no longer needed before seeing a physiotherapist. You may be asked by your insurance company to get a referral before seeing a physiotherapist, but it is not common. People are usually able to schedule an appointment directly with the physiotherapist.
At The Physio Care, we ensure that our customers can book appointments in a way that is comfortable for them