Musculoskeletal conditions are common and can occur due to old age, weight management issues and genetic predisposition. However, one of the most common causes is overusing or straining the muscles, joints or bones; resulting in a sports injury.
Anybody of any age can sustain a sports injury and you do not have to be representing Team Singapore to be at risk; even general exercises such as running and weight training can result in a sports injury.
Some common sports-related injuries include sprains in the back and ankle, a herniated disc, ACL tear, rotator cuff tear, tennis elbow and fractures. However, the severity of each condition depends on each individual so it is always recommended to seek prompt medical treatment to prevent your symptoms from worsening.
If you find yourself experiencing pain, swelling, a reduced range of motion or instability; make an appointment to visit a sports injury specialist as soon as possible.
Not sure what to expect during your visit or which treatment to opt for? Read on to find out more.
Treatments Used By Sports Injury Specialists in Singapore
1. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
PRP Therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that utilises the body’s ability to heal itself so as to treat a sports injury. It works by injecting a concentration of your own platelets into the affected area to speed up the healing of injured ligaments, tendons, muscles and joints. This process then stimulates and increases the number of reparative cells your body produces, helping to speed up recovery in return.
PRP Therapy is great for sports injuries like rotator cuff tear and tennis elbow to relieve pain and improve function. It is also good for treating mild to moderate osteoarthritis. Sports injury specialists may suggest this treatment method to restore tissue while avoiding scarring and reducing the risk of further degeneration or re-injury.
2. Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
LLLT is a non-invasive sports injury treatment method as it does not cut into tissue. Instead, it uses targeted low power laser beams or light energy to enhance cellular function and nerve regeneration, reduce inflammation and expedite recovery. It is a painless procedure as the laser does not produce heat and has been proven to reduce both pain and inflammation while promoting tissue regeneration.
LLLT is also often one of the preferred choices since it treats the underlying cause of the pain rather than masking the symptom as medications would. Your sports injury specialist may suggest this for Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, lower back pain or neck pain.
Other uses of LLT include chronic headache relief, where it has been found to balance serotonin levels and regulate blood flow in sufferers of chronic headaches, reduce stiffness and muscle fatigue in stroke patients, and in smoking cessation.
3. INDIBA Active Cell Therapy
The INDIBA Active Cell Therapy has been dubbed a state-of-the-art electromagnetic therapy that is capable of treating a variety of injuries due to sports or old age. It works by raising the temperature of the cells in your body to increase oxygen and nutrients circulation which will reduce pain and heal wounds.
As our body’s cells, veins and tissues all have electrical properties, electromagnetic therapy will help to promote the regeneration of tissue and improve recovery. It is also used to enhance bone formation, cartilage regeneration and even bone fracture healing.
The sports injury specialist may recommend this treatment method if your condition does not respond to other treatments. Athletes who need to get back into form quickly will also benefit from this.
The INDIBA Active Cell Therapy is highly favoured in the sports medicine industry, as it not only promotes stable healing patterns while allowing one to recover within a shorter time frame, but it is also a pain-free and non-invasive treatment suitable for people of all ages.
Get your sports injuries treated at Thomson Wellth Clinic
These three treatments are offered here at Thomson Wellth Clinic, a sports medicine centre in Singapore.
As the treatment needed for each condition differs according to the nature of the injury, we recommend booking a consultation with our sports injury specialist for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Get it treated early so you can prevent recurrences, regain your quality of life and get back to doing what you enjoy till old age.