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Proper Treatment of Sports Injuries Improves One’s Quality of Life

Dr. Chiam Tut Fu

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Dr. Chiam Tut Fu

Medical Director, Consultant Sports Medicine Physician at Thomson Wellth Clinic

MBBS (Singapore), MSS (Sports Medicine), MMed (Occupational Medicine), GD (Occupational Medicine)

Dr. Chiam Tut Fu specialises in the management of musculoskeletal pain due to sports injuries or age-related degenerative and orthopaedic conditions and myofascial causes like trigger points. He also has a special interest in weight management and smoking cessation.

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Sports injuries may have a lasting impact if they are not treated early or properly.

Many of us remember our glory days playing sports on the field or the courts and bringing back trophies or at least, cherished memories of seamless teamwork and supportive schoolmates who cheered us on. However, some of us have also been plagued by injuries and degeneration, such as joint and tendon pain and stiffness, as well as reduced function. Serious sports injuries may have long-lasting consequences, especially if they do not receive proper treatment.

The pain we suffer today from past activities is often the result of degeneration in the joints and tendons of our musculoskeletal system. Overuse can cause swelling and stiffness and even reduce the function of the affected part, which impacts day-to-day activities and impedes your quality of life. So, it is important to treat the sports injury quickly and appropriately

Sports Injuries – Treatments

To treat an old sports injury, your doctor first needs to make a diagnosis and determine the current complications. They’ll do this through proper history taking, physical examinations and imaging studies, such as X-rays or MRIs. A proper diagnosis not only allows your doctor to put together a proper treatment plan, but they will also better be able to predict the long-term outcome of the injury, as well as figure out what needs to be done in order to slow down its decline.

Sports injuries can be managed using short-term and long-term techniques. Short-term treatments offer quick relief, especially in joint conditions like knee arthritis. Hyaluronic injections can improve joint lubrication and function, while corticosteroid jabs offer quick relief, even as these reduce swelling and pain. Platelet-rich plasma join injections, which uses the patient’s own platelets, can speed up healing and recovery.

Long-term therapies involve sessions of low-level laser and radiofrequency therapy to lessen pain and keep aggravated symptoms under control, especially in a severe acute relapse.

Appropriate physiotherapy exercises are also part of a long-term treatment programme. Since not all exercises are appropriate for every condition, there is no one-size-fits-all programme. For example, some back and core exercises may exacerbate certain back injuries, which can cause more harm than good.

Lifestyle Changes

You can also improve your condition by making lifestyle changes. When doctors once told patients dealing with old sports injuries to totally stop all activities, studies now show that mild to moderate exercises help to preserve joint function and reduce pain. That said, you should also take care not to over-exert yourself by choosing low-impact activities, so as not to worsen your existing condition.

Supplements

In addition, taking oral supplements such as type 2 collagen, can help to boost good joint lubricating fluid and improve cartilage regeneration.

 

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