Sports Medicine

Sports Injury Services
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As a city with a mild climate and close proximity to mountains, rivers, beaches, and lakes, it is no wonder Vancouver is a popular destination for many outdoor sports and activities. With so many things to do, injuring yourself doing them can be a highly likely possibility. The more sports you play, the more likely you are to suffer a sports-related injury. Our fully equipped physiotherapists at Downtown Health & Physiotherapy are here to set you back on the road to recovery from any injury, so you are able to go back to snowboarding, hiking, sailing, or anything else you enjoy before the season ends.

Generally, sports injuries are caused as a result of direct trauma that is too severe for the body to tolerate. Direct trauma often causes damage and injury to the body. Injuries that swell, cause pain, impair movement, etc., are all acute injuries. Acute injuries include but are not limited to:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Knee injuries
  • Rotator cuff tears in the shoulder
  • Acute back or neck strains
  • Hamstring strains
  • Groin strains
  • Calf strains
The overuse of tissues causes chronic injuries as a result of excess loading of structures on the muscle tissues. When this occurs, the tissues break down and cause pain, aggravation and a worsened injury. Poor movement patterns, muscle imbalances, improper technique, excessive training, and muscle weakness/tightness are all contributing factors for chronic injuries. Others can include:
  • Tennis elbow (Lateral elbow pain / Epicondylitis)
  • Shoulder Bursitis (Subacromial Bursitis)
  • Patellar tendinopathy
  • Stress fractures in the shins
  • Hip pain
  • Osteitis pubis
All of these injuries and conditions are avoidable by practicing safety and knowing your own limits when taking part in physical activities. But if you find that you have overdone it and are facing a crippling sports injury, the expert team at Downtown Health & Physiotherapy is here to help! Give us a call to schedule your appointment so we can start helping to heal your injury and set your body on the road to recovery.

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