Warming up is vitally important for all athletes. Neglecting to properly prepare your body before a grueling workout is usually a really unwise and painful mistake.
Here are two of the most common sports related injuries, and ways to prevent and easy treat them.
What is a TFCC Tear?
There is a bundle of cartilage on the pinky side of your wrist called the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC).
The TFCC’s job is to cushion and support the small carpal bones located in your wrist, as well as stabilize the forearm bones (radius and ulna) when grab something or twist your forearm.
A tear or other type of injury to the TFCC can result in chronic wrist pain. Having rheumatoid arthritis can be the cause of the chronic, degenerative injuries to the TCFF.
You can work to prevent sports-related TFCC injuries by slowly and steadily rotating your wrists every day.
Common symptoms of a TFCC tear include:
- Pain at the base of pinky side of the wrist
- Pain worsens as the wrist is bent from side to side
- Swelling in the wrist
- Painful ‘clicking’ in the wrist
- Loss of grip
Athletes at risk for this particular injury are those who play tennis, baseball or golf, as well as gymnasts. Chronic, degenerative TFCC tears are more likely in people over the age of 50.
Sometimes a TFCC tear can be treated without surgery, as long as the tear isn’t too severe. Non-surgical Treatment Options Include:
- A splint or cast until the tear heals
- Proper use of an anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen
- Cortisone injection
- Ultrasound therapy
You can also treat your chronic or degenerative TFCC injury by wearing awrist brace. WristWidget(™)is a popular one that specifically supports the ulnar-side of the wrist. It helps treat ulnar-sided wrist pain,speeds up the healing process, and allows for you to still move your wrist!
A sprained ankle results from a sudden, hard inward twist of the ankle. This results in a tear in the delicate ligaments of the outside of the ankle
If you’ve suffered a sprained ankle, physical therapy exercises are important to prevent loss of flexibility and strength, as well as to prevent further injury. Ask your doctor or a physical therapist to show you which kinds of exercise you should do for a sprained ankle.
One way to know for certain if you actually sprained your ankle, is to identify the location of the pain. Sprain in the ankle calls for immediate medical care, but a high ankle sprain is more urgent, as it is slower to heal, and there is risk to the damage of the bones in the lower leg.
You can look into preventing common sports injuries by talking to your doctor about a referral to a physical therapist, or by working with a physical trainer. Both of which can help you figure out how to position and move your body in the best ways to prevent strain.