5 Most Common Sports Injuries, Part 2

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Welcome back to the Topical BioMedics blog. In part one of out short blog series, we began looking at some of the most common sports-related injuries and ways in which to prevent and treat these injuries. Some of these injuries we discussed include ankle sprain, pulled hamstrings, and a variety of shoulder injuries. There are hundreds of different sports injuries that range from minor to severe and, today, we would like to continue looking at a few more of these injuries to educate our readers on the ways they can prevent and treat them at home.

Shin Splints

For all you runners out there, you are probably well aware of the pain and discomfort that shin splints cause—the name itself sounds painful! Shin splints refers to the pain at the front of the large bone on the lower leg caused by overuse and repetition. Not only is this injury common among runners and speed walkers, but also among skateboarders, snowboarders, skiers, and basketball players. To prevent shin splints, stretch the lower leg by gently flexing and extending the foot, wearing good shoes, and keeping the muscles hydrated. To treat shin splints, ice and light stretch the lower legs, and use a natural pain relief cream like Topricin® to reduce pain and inflammation.

Lower Back Pain

While lower back pain is not necessarily one of the most common sports-related injuries, nearly 31 million Americans experience lower back pain at any given time, meaning athletes of all kinds suffer from back pain, which can affect their posture and performance. Lower back pain may be caused by sciatica, bulging discs, and pinched nerves. Sciatica is one of the most common forms of lower back pain which involves the sciatic nerve. Sciatica causes mild to excruciating pain along the path of the sciatic nerve which runs from the low back, down through the hips and down each leg; sciatic pain is usually experienced on one side of the body. For athletes like cyclists and golfers, sciatica may be excruciating considering the positions they place their bodies in when performing. Low back pain can also lead to other injuries as a result of poor posture, weak core muscles, and stiffness. Lower back stretches are a great way to warm up for any sport, and will help keep the back flexible for peak performance. Additionally, core strengthening. regular exercise, and yoga may help prevent other common sports injuries in the legs and shoulders. For an injured lower back, ice, hydration, stretching, and applying a topical pain relief cream can ease sore muscles, reduce pain, and minimize inflammation.     

 

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Concussion

Athletes of all shapes and sizes suffer concussions when playing sports. Concussions are typically associated with football, hockey, skiing, snowboarding, and gymnastics, but can be caused from any number of athletics. A concussion is brought on by a blow to the head and cause blurred vision, disorientation, dizziness, nausea, issues with balance, and in some cases, amnesia. Wearing protective headgear can help prevent concussions in some athletes. For those who suffer a concussion while playing sports, it’s best to consult a doctor for treatment.    

Knee Injury

Knee pain and injury is very common among athletes and, according to the Andrews Institute of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, accounts for one third of all visits to the doctor for muscle, joint, and bone pain. The knee joint is made up of crisscrossing ligaments which cradle the joint, and unfortunately, these ligaments are prone to tears. Some of the most common knee injuries result from hyperextending the knee, overuse, and degeneration which lead to torn ligaments, meniscus (cartilage) tears, and swelling. Runner’s knee affects the knee cap, but don’t let the name fool you; this injury is common among cyclists, gymnasts, basketball players, football players, and volleyball players. The best prevention is wearing good shoes with strong soles, exercising regularly, strengthening the legs, and stretching before and after an activity. The best treatment for knee pain (if it is not a serious injury like a tear) is applying the RICE method: Rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Keep a jar or tube of Topricin natural pain relief cream handy to apply to a sore knee to reduce swelling and ease pain.

Achilles Tendon

The Achilles tendon (tendon at the back of the ankle), although incredibly strong, is susceptible to injury when overused or in a weakened state. To avoid overuse which may cause inflammation, pain, and limited range of motion, also referred to as Achilles tendonitis, it’s best to stretch the Achilles regularly, especially before and after physical recreation. Strengthening the Achilles can also make it more stable. To treat an injured Achilles tendon, avoid heat and opt instead for the RICE method, and use Topricin® Foot Pain Relief Cream to ease pain and reduce inflammation.

Order Topricin Natural Pain Relief Cream

To treat and relieve sports injuries at home, keep your medicine closet stocked with Topricin Pain Relief Cream. Our specially formulated natural pain relieving cream helps heal injuries quickly and effectively to improve an injured athlete’s recovery time. Topricin is the best topical pain relief cream for treating all muscle pain, while reducing inflammation and ache. Visit Topical BioMedics today to view our excellent selection of natural pain relief creams that work for athletes of all ages.

Thanks you for taking the time to read our short blog series. Please be sure to check our blog regularly for news and information about Topical BioMedics pain relief products, as well as health tips and advice for living a healthy and happy life.