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January 30, 2018

Common Sports Injuries To Muscles & Treatments

Common Sports Injuries To Muscles & Treatments

Everybody would likely have experienced some discomfort in his or her muscles at one time another. This type of pain can be felt practically anywhere because almost every part of the body has muscle tissue.

  1. Symptoms & Treatments of  Muscle Ache

Muscle aches can be caused by increase in physical activity, stress, dietary deficiencies, hormonal changes and dehydration. Some muscle aches are related to medical conditions or medications eg. Fibromyalgia, statin drugs, flu, hormonal changes and lyme disease.

Common sports injuries due to new, extended or intensity of physical workouts includes the following:

 

Groin pull

  • Symptoms
    • Pain and tenderness in the groin
    • Severe pain after a snapping feeling during the injury
    • Pain when you raise your knee
    • Pain when you bring your legs together
  • Treatments
    • Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (R.I.C.E.)
    • Take anti-inflammatory supplements eg. Emu Oil Capsules
    • Apply topical anti-inflammatory creams eg. African Potato Cream, Emu Oil Balm

Hamstring strains

  • Symptoms
    • Spasms, tightness, tenderness
    • Swelling and bruised appearance
    • Sudden and severe pain during exercise, with a “pop” sound heard or felt
    • Pain in the back of the thigh and lower buttock when walking, straightening the leg, or bending over
  • Treatments
    • R.I.C.E.
    • Stretching and rehabilitation exercises
    • Gradual Strengthening Programme
    • Take anti-inflammatory supplements eg. Emu Oil Capsules
    • Apply topical anti-inflammatory creams eg. African Potato Cream, Emu Oil Balm

Shin splints

  • Symptoms
    • ache in the front part of the lower leg
    • pain that develops during exercise
    • pain on either side of the shin bone
    • pain, tenderness or soreness along the inner part of the lower leg
    • swelling in the lower leg
    • numbness and weakness in the feet
  • Treatments
    • R.I.C.E.
    • Take anti-inflammatory supplements eg. Emu Oil Capsules
    • Apply topical anti-inflammatory creams eg. African Potato Cream, Emu Oil Balm
    • Recommended activities: swim, walk, stationary cycling

Knee injury – ACL tear

  • Symptoms
    • “pop” sound during injury followed by sudden and intense pain
    • Inability to carry out range of motion
    • Obvious swelling within few hours of injury

 

  • Treatments
    • Surgical

ACL reconstruction surgery

    • Non-surgical

Progressive physical therapy and rehabilitatio.

Use of hinged knee brace

Take anti-inflammatory supplements eg. Emu Oil Capsules

Apply topical anti-inflammatory creams eg. African Potato Cream, Emu Oil Balm

 

Tennis Elbow

  • Symptoms
    • Tenderness on outer bony part of the elbow.
    • Morning stiffness of the elbow with constant aching.
    • Soreness in the forearm
    • Pain worsens when holding an object.
  • Treatments
    • Activity modification and physical therapy
    • Steroid injection provides immediate relief But risk long term side effects
    • Use of forearm counter-tension band during activities
    • Surgery to remove inflamed tendon
    • Take anti-inflammatory supplements eg. Emu Oil Capsules
    • Apply topical anti-inflammatory creams eg. African Potato Cream, Emu Oil Balm
  1. Other helpful tips for muscle recovery

Foods to avoid: Soda and Sugar promotes loss or removal of important minerals from the body which makes cramping worse. Alcohol and overconsumption of coffee or caffeinated beverages leads to dehydration. Packaged foods are deficient in minerals and vitamins to effectively support muscle function and hydration.

Top foods to improve hydration, increase circulation and reduce inflammation: Foods naturally rich in magnesium, potassium and calcium eg. nuts, seeds, leafy vegetables, avocados, tomatoes, kale, spinach, kefir. Others include coconut water, melons and yogurt but should be taken in moderation due to its sugar content.

Water is critical to maintaining hydrated muscles. At least 8 glasses is optimal, more if one is engaged in physical activities. Consuming an electrolyte drink can hydrate or replenish mineral deficiencies to reduce cramping.

Tip for Icing: Ice the injured area for 15 minutes each every hour for the first day. After that, use ice as needed to control swelling.

  1. Topical Anti-Inflammatory Applications

Prevention is better than cure. Gentle stretching and warming up exercises before a workout is highly recommended so as not to shock the muscles when it is cold.

Emu oil has been used by NBA basketball coaches and recommended by runners like women’s marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe for recovery from fatique and severe injuries. Liniment and Emu Oil Balm from Emu Tracks is fast penetrating, delivering natural anti-inflammatory properties to reduce swelling, pain and cramps. They are specially formulated with natural light warming ingredients which is great as a muscle relaxant.

For natural herbal treatment, the tried and tested granny’s remedy that Africans use is the African Potato Cream from Down To Earth Care products available on ilovenatural.store. It is highly penetrating without leaving a residue. Easily absorbed into the skin, the potent anti-inflammatory quality of the african potato herb is able to target joint, muscle pain and swelling due to strains and sprains.

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