Sports Injury Clinic Kitchener, Waterloo & Elmira, ON

Sports Injury

There’s always a certain amount of risk for sports-related injuries when playing sports. Contact or collision sports have higher injury rates, such as soccer, baseball, basketball and football. Twice as many males suffer sports-related injuries compared to females due to the types of sports they play. Whether you’re a seasoned and trained athlete or weekend warrior, there’s always a chance of incurring a sports injury.

Common Sports Injuries

Patellofemoral SyndromeSports injuries involving the lower body are often knee injuries. Patellofemoral syndrome is often caused by a slip or fall onto the knees. There’s pain, swelling and an imbalance of the knee muscle in its groove. Strengthening exercises and stretching can help the muscles correct themselves. In addition to strengthening exercises, a physiotherapist may use bracing techniques or knee taping for this injury.

A blow to the head can cause a concussion. It’s a serious injury and should not be taken lightly. Symptoms include headache, dizziness, confusion, vomiting and slurred speech. Any athlete who incurs a concussion should have immediate medical attention. Treatment with a physiotherapist can help with the headaches and dizziness associated with a concussion.

ACL Tear
The ACL is a major ligament in the knee. ACL strain or tear can be caused when playing sports due to a sudden change in directions or coming to a sudden stop. There’s swelling and instability in movement with an ACL tear. Aggressive physiotherapy can assist with recovery but can also help with the decision as to whether or not surgery may be warranted. If surgery is needed, your physiotherapist can help guide you through the process of rehabilitation (usually taking 6 months or longer before return to sport) to ensure a smooth and durable transition to your sport and functional activities

Hip Flexor Strain
The hip flexor muscles are located in the upper, front thigh but also have some attachment to the front of the lumbar spine in the low back. Sprinting, running inclines and sudden movement can cause a hip flexor strain. There may be bruising in the thigh area along with inflammation and pain. Stretching and range of motion exercises with a physiotherapist assist with recovery. They can also assess and treat stiffness and or pathology in the low back and pelvis that may be contributing to the injury.

Shin Splints
With shin splints, there’s typically pain in the lower leg bone- the tibia. It’s common with runners and can be caused by increased stress on the bone from impact or the musculature attached to the Tibia. Rest and ice can ease the pain, and a good pair of shoes with custom orthotics can help. Your Physiotherapist will also assess and treat the low back and pelvis and review stride mechanics to ensure minimal stress on the lower leg. Taping can also be an effective form of treatment for this condition.

Sciatica is leg pain often caused by breakdown or movement dysfunction i the back or hip. It’s often seen in cyclists and athletes who perform a lot of trunk rotation in swing sports like tennis and golf. The back pain may be caused by a pinched nerve or bulging disc. A physiotherapist can use mobilization/manipulation and acupuncture, along with exercise to alleviate sciatica symptoms.

Shoulder Injury
Shoulder injuries in sports range from dislocations and misalignments to strains and sprains of shoulder muscles and ligaments. The shoulder is a weak joint and prone to injuries during sports activities. Rest and icing should help with pain and swelling.

Tennis or Golf Elbow
This condition is known as an overuse sports injury. Repetitive actions inflame the forearm and wrist. Icing and rest generally help, but stretching techniques and strengthening exercises with a physiotherapist help even more.

Groin Pull
Also known as groin strain, the groin muscles can get strained with quick side-to-side movements when engaging in sports. Stretching and range of motion exercises can help with recovery.

Hamstring Strain
The hamstring muscle is located in the back thigh. Lack of stretching can cause this muscle to be pulled. If this condition persists more than two weeks, a physiotherapist can help with ultrasound treatment to promote healing of the pulled muscle.

Have you incurred a sports injury?

Turn to our physiotherapists for recovery. Our physiotherapists are dedicated to sports medicine and focus rehabilitation based on the performance needs of athletes. They will do a complete evaluation and design a treatment plan targeted to your injury. Get back in the game with the help of our physiotherapists. Contact Us today at Kitchener, Waterloo & Elmira, ON Centers and schedule a one-on-one consultation.



    Belmont Centre for Physical Medicine
    564 Belmont Avenue West, Suite 301
    Kitchener, Ontario N2M 5N6

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    Behind Wellness Centre ( Clock Tower )
    3 Wyatt Street East, Suite 2
    Elmira, Ontario N3B 2H4

    Phone : (519) 669-1212 Fax : (519) 669-0800


    University of Waterloo Student Life Centre
    200 University Avenue West
    Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

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