How Can You Treat Your Soccer Injuries? Consider LLLT as a Viable Solution!
Robbie Adams August 2nd 2018
Two weeks ago we discussed the most common soccer injuries that can occur to ANY athlete playing this sport. "Soccer Injuries. You don't have to be Ronaldo to get them"
With the exciting conclusion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, youth and adult soccer in North America has exploded in popularity.
As the number of players has increased nationwide, injuries have soared as well. This trend will continue in an upward fashion as the popularity of soccer increases.
Today’s Topic: How Can You Treat Your Soccer Injuries? LLLT can be the answer...
*Always consult your family doctor or medical professional before starting any form of treatment*
**Patellar Tendonitis (Jumpers Knee)
This injury is usually going to involve the knee that does most of the planting while kicking the ball. This condition can last a few days, weeks or months depending on the frequency of play. Stretching out your quadriceps several times a day will help relieve the pulling sensation in your knee. Rest and elevation are also natural ways to alleviate this condition.
There are many parts of the ankle to sprain and at different levels of severity'. Solution? Elevation, rest and Laser Therapy.
*This is one of the most common injuries in soccer. Many times this type of injury can be avoided if you properly stretch and warm up before practice or a game. However, when and if this injury happens, there are some key steps you can take to reduce the pain and increase the rate in which you can heal some of these ailments.
Breakdown of Groin Injuries:
- 1st degree: Mild pain, but little loss of strength or movement
- 2nd degree: Moderate pain, mild to moderate strength loss and some tissue damage
- 3rd degree: Severe pain, severe loss of strength and function due to a complete tear of the muscle
Steps for Groin Healing:
- Ice the inside of your thigh to reduce pain and swelling. Experts recommend doing it for 20 to 30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours for 24 hours.
- Compress your thighusing an elastic bandage or tape.
- Take anti-inflammatory painkillers. **Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen and naproxen, will help with pain and swelling. Take note: Using any form of medication carries the risk of side effects and you should always consult your Family Doctor or medical professional before you embark on such treatments.
- Acute hamstring strains are injuries to the muscle or its tendons in the back of the thigh. They might be the most common injury in adult male soccer, making up between 12% and 16% of all injuries.
- Hamstring injuries are usually non-contact injuries, often resulting from sprinting. They can require a 2- to 6-week absence from sports. ICE/**RICE, rest and light stretching with rehabilitation / physiotherapy will assist in your healing process.
- The adductor muscles are those located on the medial (side closest to the midline) side of the thigh that pull the lower extremity across the body. Athletes who play sports requiring quick changes of direction can injure these muscles or tendons. A strain involves a stretch or possibly a small partial tear.
- Surgery is rarely required, but an adductor injury can be painful while it heals. Rest, activity modification, and physical therapy can all help decrease pain and speed return to activity.
- This is another knee injury that often affects athletes. The meniscus is the shock-absorbing cartilage between the femur and tibia. A meniscus tear near its attachment to the capsule can occasionally heal on its own due to better blood supply of the meniscus in a child compared to an adult.
- Many meniscus tears need surgery, though. Fortunately meniscal repair, where the surgeon **arthroscopically sews the meniscus back together, is often possible in young soccer players. Older patients or patients with long-standing pain might need surgery to trim out the tear.
The Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Option
Athletes who play soccer can suffer both overuse and acute **musculoskeletal injuries. Some of the injuries above are not serious, while others require long absences from the sport and even surgery. Low Level Laser Therapy or the acronym (LLLT) is scientifically proven through medical case studies to accelerate the healing process and reduce pain for numerous musculoskeletal injuries! Consider using Low Level Laser Therapy in tandem with traditional medical treatments for your sport related injuries. Consult your medical professional about this new and cutting edge medical technology to help you get back on the soccer pitch!
- **Patellar Tendinitis - Injury to the tendon connecting your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone. The patellar tendon works with the muscles at the front of your thigh to extend your knee so that you can kick, run and jump.
- **RICE - The first four steps of first aid for injuries such as ankle sprains are known by the acronym "RICE," which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
- **Non-steroidal (NSAIDs) – Anti-inflammatory drugs is a class of analgesic medication that reduces pain, fever and inflammation. NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and naproxen are some examples.
- **Adductor - A muscle that draws a body part, such as a finger, arm, or toe, inward toward the median axis of the body or of an extremity.
- ** Meniscus - Is a thickened crescent-shaped cartilage pad between the two joints formed by the femur (the thigh bone) and the tibia (the shin bone). The meniscus acts as a smooth surface for the joint to move on.
- **Arthroscopy - Is the examination of a joint, specifically, the inside structures. The procedure is performed by inserting a specifically designed illuminated device into the joint through a small incision.
- **Musculoskeletal - The musculoskeletal system provides form, support, stability, and movement to the body. It is made up of the bones of the skeleton, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, and other connective tissue that supports and binds tissues and organs together.