New Year Elimination Diet

With the start of a new decade and coming off of an indulgent holiday season you may be considering doing a cleanse or a healthy eating kick. The elimination diet is a great place to start as it can provide the structure you need to make that goal happen. Whether it’s about giving your body a break from toxic foods or finding out food you may be sensitive to, the elimination diet can help. Typically a person will maintain this diet for 2-4 weeks. The main rationale behind the diet is that by eliminating offending foods the body is able to recover and proper digestion returns while identifying specific food allergies that may be the cause of digestive concerns to begin with. Some people report some initial reactions to the diet, especially in the first week, as their bodies adjust to a different dietary program, these symptoms rarely last more than a few days. This guideline is for informational purposes only. Make sure to consult a health professional before implementing this diet to be sure it is right for you.

Comprehensive Elimination Diet Guidelines

Foods to eat: 

Leafy greens: kale, spinach, radicchio, arugula, etc.
Cruciferous vegetables: cauliflower,
broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, etc. (at least 1 serving – ½ cup – per day)
Colourful vegetables: peppers,
tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, beets,
sweet potato, etc.
Fruits, especially berries: apples,
pears, banana, grapes, blueberries,
blackberries, strawberries, etc.
Healthy fats: olive oil, coconut oil,
avocado, fish oil, flax oil
Nuts and seeds: almonds and almond butter, chia seeds, walnuts, hemp seeds, brazil nuts, etc.
Lean protein: lean ground beef,
chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, lean pork,
whey protein isolate (not whey protein concentrate), organic soy, legumes.
Organic grass-fed meats are preferred, if possible.
Healthy gluten-free grains: quinoa,
brown rice, teff, millet, gluten-free oats

Foods to avoid:

Gluten-containing grains: wheat, rye,
barley and non-gluten-free oats
Dairy: cheese, milk, ice cream, yogurt
Processed foods: processed meats,
packaged foods, fast food, chips,
cookies, etc.
Alcohol: wine, beer, hard liquor, spirits, etc.
Sugar: all added sugars (high fructose corn syrup, fructose, glucose, sucrose)
White carbohydrates: white rice, white potato, white flours and most commercial breakfast cereals.

 

Written By: Dr. Bridget Ross, ND

Visceral Manipulation

In late November, early December I had the opportunity to spend four days at a course here in Toronto, which looked at our organs and the correlation they can have with patient’s pain.

In this course there was a heavy focus on the Liver, Gall bladder, Stomach, Oesophagus, Small and Large Intestines. The techniques in which were taught, were mostly very gentle and should not feel invasive or make the patient too uncomfortable.

Some of you may ask, why would you treat a person’s organ? Well sometimes a person can be experiencing pain which is coming from the organ. Let’s take the Gallbladder for example. The Gallbladder is supplied by our Vagus nerve and our Celiac ganglia. The Vagus nerve is our 10th cranial nerve which controls our heart, lungs, and digestive tract and It is the longest nerve of our autonomic nervous system. It runs from our head down through our neck, chest, and into the abdomen. As the pathway is so long any compression along this pathway could result in pain.

The close proximity of the gallbladder to the liver and diaphragm can suggest that our right shoulder could also be a place in which pain can be produced. Our diaphragm is innovated by our phrenic nerve which consist of nerves C3-5 from our neck. As this particular nerve also supply muscles in our shoulder and neck, if there is a problem with our gallbladder there is a chance that it could be producing some kind of shoulder pain in a patient.

It is important to remember that as Osteopaths we are always trying to locate the source of pain and whether it is coming directly from the area that you are experiencing pain or whether it is coming from somewhere else. So, if we start asking questions about different areas of the body or asking if there is any relationship with your pain and food, it is because we might be looking for a specific link to point us in the direction of the source of pain.

Hope you all had a great break and happy new years to you all!

 

Brendan Ashman

Manual Osteopathic practitioner

Ice or Heat

Heat v Ice to Treat a Sports Injury

Most patients ask ‘do I use heat or ice?’ Now the answer to this question generally is if it’s acute or chronic.

An acute injury, being one that happened suddenly, will show signs and symptoms of pain (usually intense), local tenderness, redness, warm to touch and swelling. These signs and symptoms are mostly the result of internal bleeding and inflammation, which is the body’s response to an injury occurring suddenly and usually the inflammatory process should last 48 hours. The best therapy for an acute injury in these initial stages is rest and iceIce is a vasoconstrictor (it causes the blood vessels to narrow) and limits internal bleeding at the injury site and would therefore reduce the swelling and pain. Apply ice (wrapped in a thin towel) to the affected area for 10-15 minutes at a time and generally repeat every hour (if needed). The main goal during these initial stages is that you want to isolate, decrease and prevent the inflammation from spreading further.

Chronic injuries, on the other hand, can be subtle and slow to develop. They sometimes come and go, and may cause dull pain or soreness. They are often the result of overuse, but sometimes develop when an acute injury is not properly treated and doesn’t heal. Chronic injuries generally do not have inflammation or swelling and that is when heat a good form of therapy. Heat is best to stimulate blood flow, increase the elasticity of joint connective tissues and help relax tight muscles or muscle spasms. Safely apply heat (i.e. wheat pack) to an injury 15-20 minutes at a time and use enough layers between your skin and the heating source to prevent burns. Because heat increases circulation and raises the skin temperature, you should not apply heat to acute injuries or injuries that show signs of inflammation, as this will generally make them worse. This is a common mistake made by a lot of people with acute injuries, so please use cold in the initial stages of injury.

Some exemptions to the rule are:

Heat is recommended in an acute injury once the inflammation has settled down (usually after 48 hours). This will encourage the blood flow to the injury site and promote the healing process.

If you have a chronic injury, but suddenly aggravate the injury and the pain greatly increases in severity, ice would be recommended for the next 2 days. This type of injury is also known as acute on chronic.

If you are unsure or the injury does not show signs of improvement within 48 hours please consult with your local doctor or osteopath.

 

Written by: Daniel Stasiuk

Numbness Or Tingling In Your Arms And Legs, What Does It Mean?

Numbness and tingling are abnormal sensations that can occur anywhere in your body however, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs are the most common association and complaint.

Sensations related to numbness and tingling in the arms and legs are often caused by an interruption in proper nerve flow. Activities like sitting or standing in one position for a long period of time can cause a temporary pinch on the nerve thereby interrupting its conduction. Continuous pressure on a nerve can cause lasting damage to the layers of the nerve known as myelin sheaths.

Causes of Numbness of Tingling

There are many common causes of numbness and tingling in arms and legs. Some common causes include:

  • Disc Herniation’s
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Transient Ischemic Attack
  • Raynaud ’s phenomenon
  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency

How Your Osteopath Can Relieve Numbness and Tingling in Arms and Legs

In the case of prolonged numbness and tingling in arms and legs, early detection and proper diagnosis by an Osteopath, is of the utmost importance. Most causes of numbness and tingling are not serious and we can resolve quickly.  By examining your spine & joints, lifestyle, daily activities, diet and exercise we are able to not only identify the symptoms causing your arm and leg discomfort, but also the causes. This integrated approach helps determine the best and quickest treatment protocol for your arm and leg discomfort.

Treatment may include activity modification, anti-inflammatory medications and joint mobilizations’. The Osteopath will be able to provide you with a series of stretching and strengthening exercises designed to return you back to participation and to reduce the chances of the injury re-occurring.

Joint mobilisations can help restore alignment, improve mobility, and relieve arm and leg pain, swelling and stiffness. Osteopathy may apply a variety of therapeutic modalities in conjunction with the adjustments which may include but not be limited to dry needling, massage, traction, stretching and strengthening exercises.

Make an Osteopathic appointment with Beachealth today and relieve yourself from numbness and tingling in the arms and legs.

Ankle Sprains

The ankle is made up of 3 bones: The Tibia (the shin bone), Fibula (runs on the outside of the shin bone) and Talus (connects our foot to the shin bone). The bony bumps found on the inside and outside of the foot are called the medial and lateral malleolus.

The way the ankle is designed, its primary movement is dorsi and plantar flexion (up and down), while it is subtalar joint which produces eversion and inversion movements (turning foot in and out).

 

The ankle has a number of ligaments which holds the bones together and allow the ankle and foot to move. The two main sets of ligaments which originate from the malleolus are the Medial and Lateral Ligaments.

The Medial Ligament, or the Deltoid ligament is a strong, flat and triangular band which consist of four ligaments and fans out from the medial malleolus to the talus, calcaneus and navicular bones. The primary action of this ligament is to resist over-eversion of the foot or rolling the foot inwards. This particular type of rolling motion which may cause an ankle sprain is rare and is normally associated with a fibula fracture known as a Pott’s fracture.

The lateral Ligament has 3 parts to it, which we separate into 3 different names. The Anterior talofibular, Posterior talofibular and Calcaneofibular ligaments. They all originate from the lateral malleolus and attach onto other bones of the foot. These ligaments all resist over-inversion of the foot. This type of ankle sprain is the most common.

So how do we treat a sprained ankle?

As osteopaths, we have a number of special test that we can do to make sure that we are able to identify the exact ligament that is involved and rule out a fracture. If we are unable to rule out a fracture we may advise an x-ray to identify a break and possibly a cast if needed.

If no break is suspected, the first goal of treatment is to assist in getting the swelling down while keeping as much range of motion throughout the foot and ankle bones. Rehabilitation is extremely important with a ankle sprain and vital for getting the person back to their sport or daily task. We would start off with some advice which would include rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). Then followed by basic ankle and foot range of motion exercises such as the ABC’s (which is just moving the foot to the letters of the alphabet).

Once the person’s pain and swelling has decreased and their range of motion is better, we can start to add in some harder exercises like balance exercises, theraband ankle work and increasing their range of motion exercises. The very last step is to make the persons rehab a little more sport specific to them, such as hopping, jumping and changing directions. Whether it is basketball, running or just getting back to playing with the kids.

 

Written By: Brendan Ashman

Concussions and Our Kids In Sports

After a conversation with one of the Beach Integrated Health Clinics patients, the topic of concussions with kids in sports came up. It prompted me to write a little bit about concussions, what to look out for and how as Osteopaths we can help.

So what is a concussion? A concussion is an injury to the brain that results in temporary loss of normal brain function. It is usually caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body. This force to the body or head may or may not involve a loss of consciousness. Often there are no specific signs of head trauma like bleeding or even a bump.
A person who has suffered a concussion often cannot remember what happened immediately before or after the injury and may act confused. Which is why it is important to know the type of questions to ask someone if you suspect a concussion has occurred. A concussion can manifest in different ways such as altered memory, judgment, reflexes, speech, balance and muscle coordination.

Who can suffer from a concussion?
Everyone has the potential to get a concussion at some point in their life. Studies have shown that concussions seem to effect women more than men. Which could be for a number of reasons, though researchers seem to think the main reason for that is because women are more likely to report it or at least mention it to their healthcare professionals. A person who has had a previous history of concussions, especially a history of 2 or more concussions, are more at risk for increase in symptoms.

Symptoms of a concussion may include:
• Prolonged headache
• Vision disturbances
• Dizziness
• Nausea or vomiting
• Impaired balance
• Confusion
• Memory loss
• Ringing ears
• Difficulty concentrating
• Sensitivity to light
• Loss of smell or taste
There are also some post Concussions symptoms to be aware of, as some symptoms may not show immediately.
• Mental fog
• Mental slowness
• Memory loss
• Confusion
• Irritability (especially in children)
• More emotional
• Nervous
• Sad
• Difficulty falling asleep
• Sleep changes
There are ways to decrease the risk of a player getting a concussion in many sports like encouraging kids to wear a helmet in sports such as hockey and rugby if it isn’t already compulsory, however, this will not 100% stop a concussion from occurring.
The treatment for a concussion is rest. However, we must take into consideration the severity of the concussion and other factors that might be inhibiting the individual to heal. For example: after a tackle in football a player may hit their head and get a concussion. After 72 hours they may still have some neck pain and a dull headache. Although the concussion may have settled down, the player may have some neck stiffness or pain, which is causing the headache to be persistent. This is where our Osteopaths can help. Having spent time as an Australian Football league Trainer 1 have seen my fair share of concussions and it is important to treat all concussions as a serious injury. While taking a medical history and we decide on techniques that are a little gentler, so we don’t expose the individual to a jolting sensation through the body, neck or head to our treatment.
If you come across a person who you suspect does have a concussion the rule that I like to follow is if in doubt sit them out. While they may be unhappy that they cannot return to the sport, it is always better to be cautious. If they subject their body or head to another heavy blow, it may increase the persons symptoms exponentially.

By Brendan Ashman
Manual Osteopathic Practitioner

Getting your bike setup correctly

Over the last three weeks, the Tour De France has been running. The Tour consists of 21-day stages over a 23-day period, and the riders will cover around 3,500 kilometres (2,200 mi). While not all of us are elite athletes, there has certainly been an increase in cyclist on the road with the nice weather.

Cycling can be a great form of exercise. We get a great cardiovascular workout and it helps improve the strength of the leg muscles. There are, however, many common injuries that can occur when we start to ride or with high volume riding without the correct recovery methods.

Some of the most common sites of pain in cyclists are the neck, shoulder, knee, lower back and sacroiliac joints (SIJs). There are many reasons in which a person might be experiencing pain. It could be related to a new hobby, a predisposing injury, muscle tightness, or it could even be the set-up of your bike. Just like a work desk, our bike set up can be incredibly important to ergonomics, decrease injury, aid in decreasing pain and keep you riding for a longer period of time.

Getting the correct set up on your bike will depend on what kind of bike you have, how tall you are, shoulder reach, as well as what feels comfortable.

Here are a couple of quick tests you can do:

To check your seat height get onto your bike with one leg straight and place the heel of your foot on the pedal at the lowest point, which should make your leg straight. If this does occur then your saddle should be at the correct height for you.

To find the best saddle position, you should sit on the bike with the pedal at 3 o’clock. Place your foot with the joint of the toes on the pedal spindle. In the perfect scenario an imagery perpendicular line should run from your knee-cap through the spindle of the pedal. If the line runs behind the spindle, then the saddle needs to be pushed forward. If the line runs in front of the spindle then the saddle needs to be pushed backwards.

There are a lot of measurements and angles to take into consideration when setting up your bike with an ergonomics assessment. My best advice is that if you are experiencing any pain before, during or after riding your bike, it might be worth a visit to your local bike shop or your local specialized practitioner and ask for an ergonomic bike set up. This will allow to can for longer with the correct posture and decrease your chances of dealing with some of the getting some of the common cyclist pain.

If you would like more information on ergonomic set ups on bikes. Please ask us for a bike set up hand out.

 

Written by Brendan Ashman

 

Did you know that Brendan recently did a certification course for bike fitting and setup. For more information please ask Brendan at brendan@beachealth.com or call (416) 546 4887

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway in the wrist, which opens into the hand. It is enclosed by the bones of the wrist (underneath) and the transverse carpal ligament (across the top).

Many structures pass through the carpal tunnel, including:

The carpal tunnel and its contents

The median nerve, which gives feeling to the thumb, forefinger, middle finger and half of the ring finger. The muscles of the thumb are also innervated by the median nerve. A person with advanced carpal tunnel syndrome may find weakness in thumb movements and difficulty grasping objects.

Many tendons also pass through the carpal tunnel – the long flexor tendons from the forearm run through the carpal tunnel into the hand. These tendons are covered by a smooth membrane called the tenosynovium and allow hand movement.

Signs and symptoms

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Numbness
  • Pins and needles
  • Pain, particularly at night
  • Darting pains from the wrist
  • Radiated or referred pain into the arm and shoulder
  • Weakness of the hand
  • The little finger and half of the ring finger are unaffected.

Causes/Risk factors

Any risk factor that causes a reduction in the amount of space inside the carpal tunnel can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. If left unchecked, the median nerve is squashed against the transverse carpal ligament until the nerve cannot function properly. Numbness and pain are the result. It can affect one or both hands. Many factors can increase your risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.  These include:

 

  • Anatomic factors: A wrist fracture or dislocation that alters the space within the carpal tunnel can create pressure on the median nerve.  Carpal tunnel syndrome is generally more common in women. This may be because the carpal tunnel area is relatively smaller than in men and there’s less room for error. Women who have carpal tunnel syndrome may also have smaller carpal tunnels than women who don’t have the condition.
  • Nerve-damaging conditions: Some chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and alcoholism, increase your risk of nerve damage, including damage to your median nerve.
  • Inflammatory conditions: Illnesses that are characterized by inflammation, such as rheumatoid arthritis or an infection, can affect the tendons in your wrist, exerting pressure on your median nerve.
  • Alterations in the balance of body fluids: Certain conditions — such as pregnancy, menopause, obesity, thyroid disorders and kidney failure, among others — can affect the level of fluids in your body. Fluid retention may increase the pressure within your carpal tunnel, irritating the median nerve. Carpal tunnel syndrome associated with pregnancy generally resolves on its own after the pregnancy is over.
  • Workplace factors: It’s possible that working with vibrating tools or on an assembly line that requires prolonged or repetitive flexing of the wrist may create harmful pressure on the median nerve, or worsen existing nerve damage. There is little evidence to support extensive computer use as a risk factor for carpal tunnel syndrome, although it may cause a different form of hand pain.

 

Diagnosis

Early diagnosis and treatment are important to avoid permanent damage to the median nerve. An Osteopath will perform a physical examination of the hands, arms, shoulders, and neck which can help determine if your complaints are related to daily activities or to an underlying disorder, and can rule out other painful conditions that mimic carpal tunnel syndrome. The wrist is examined for tenderness, swelling, warmth, and discoloration. Each finger is tested for sensation, and the muscles at the base of the hand are examined for strength and signs of muscle wasting.

Occasionally it is necessary to confirm the diagnosis by use of electrodiagnostic tests:

  • Nerve conduction study: electrodes are placed on the hand and wrist to measure the speed with which nerves transmit impulses.
  • Electromyography: electrical activity can be viewed on a screen to determine the severity of damage to the median nerve.
  • Ultrasound imaging: may show impaired movement of the median nerve.

 

Conservative Treatment

Initial treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome generally involved resting the affected hand and wrist for at least two weeks – avoiding all activities that might aggravate the symptoms.  If there is inflammation, applying a cool pack can help to reduce swelling.

Osteopathic management consists of ensuring optimal hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder and neck biomechanics with techniques such as joint articulations, manipulations, and soft tissue therapies.  Identifying and removing the aggravating or underlying causative factor is important for a long term resolution.

Stretching and strengthening exercises are often helpful once the severity of the initial symptoms have reduced. Yoga has also been shown to reduce pain and improve grip strength among some patients with carpal tunnel syndrome.

 

Medication: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and other on-prescription pain relievers, may ease symptoms that have been present for a short time or have been caused by strenuous activity. Orally administered diuretics may help to decrease swelling. Corticosteroids* can be injected directly into the wrist or taken by mouth to relieve pressure on the median nerve and provide immediate, temporary relief to persons with mild or intermittent symptoms. Additionally, some studies show that vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) supplements may ease the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

*Corticosterioids should not be taken without a doctor’s prescription.

 

Surgical Treatment

Occasionally carpal tunnel symptoms do not resolve with conservative treatment alone. Carpal tunnel release is one of the most common surgical procedures and is generally considered if symptoms last for 6 months. Surgery involves severing the band of tissue across the wrist (transverse carpal ligament) to reduce pressure on the median nerve.

Although symptoms may be relieved immediately after surgery, full recovery from carpal tunnel surgery can take months. Some patients may have infection, nerve damage, stiffness, and pain at the scar. Occasionally the wrist loses strength because the carpal ligament is cut. After surgery, an Osteopath will assist to restore wrist strength and mobility.

Recurrence of carpal tunnel syndrome following treatment is rare. The majority of patients recover completely.

 

If you are suffering from any type of hand or wrist pain, contact us for an appointment.

Proper posture at your office

Most postural issues are caused from everyday habits from everyday activities such as sitting in office chairs, staring at a computer, prolonged use on your mobile phone, especially smart phones and iphones, carrying a purse or bag over your shoulder, driving and repetitive physical activities.

If your job involves prolonged sitting, like so many individuals that work in an office space or corporate environment, you may experience the pain and discomfort caused by poor posture.

Prolonged sitting for desk work can lead to muscular and skeletal imbalances. Your skeletal system gets used to the hours of sitting in an unnatural position, wreaking havoc on your body, posture, and causing more serious long-term issues. Continuous daily sitting affects posture and can also cause physical pain, strain, and discomfort.

Here are some basic tips to improve posture and ergonomics, especially for people who sit for most of most of the day.

  • Sit up straight
  • Align the ears, shoulders, and hips in one vertical line.
  • Sitting in the one position for a prolonged period of time, even a good one, can be tiring. Shifting forward to the edge of the seat with a straight back and alternating with the support of the chair can help add some variety.
  • Take regular breaks and get up and move around. Get up every half hour for two minutes to stand, walk or stretch.

Improve your set up at your desk:

  • Head is level and inline with the torso. Beware not to draw the head forward towards the computer screen as this can put a lot of stress on the neck.
  • Shoulders are relaxed, not shrugged, and upper arms hang normally at the side of the body.
  • Hands, wrists, and forearms are straight, inline and roughly parallel to the floor.
  • Keep your elbows close to the body, ideally at your sides, this will take stress off the back of your shoulders and your mid back.
  • Keep your back upright and not slouched.
  • Keep the knees and hips at the same height
  • Keep your feet on the ground and if you cannot touch the ground use an elevated footrest.

If you are still finding that you are having a very hard to sitting for long periods of time, talk to your HR to request a sit stand desk. A simple and affordable sit stand desk, such as veridesk, can be a good solution.

Try to keep an active lifestyle. This can help reduce the impact of poor posture on your skeletal system and improve overall health. Try to incorporate more physical activities into your routine, such as going for a walk with your pet or taking advantage of a gym membership. Being active doesn’t necessarily have to mean an intense gym workout or marathon, although those are great too. It can be as simple as taking some time to stretch and do low impact yoga or taking a walk in your neighbourhood or local park.

Try these simple tips and you will notice a difference. If you are still experiencing pain, such as neck or back pain, feel free to call us on (416) 546-4887 to speak to one of our osteopathic manual practitioners or book online at beachclinic.janeapp.com and we can help you become pain free.

Most Common Basketball Injuries

The Toronto Raptors are in the NBA playoff finals for the first time in History and what an exciting time it is to be in the city of Toronto. With a current 2-1 lead, a championship certainly favours the Raptors. With certain key players like Thompson and Durant out with Injury, it has certainly made the Raptors job easier. Pivotal moments like this, where injury is a huge factor, it brings on a great topic of discussion – INJURY.

What makes basketball players susceptible to injury?

In basketball, there are a lot of quick pivoting moments such as jumping, running, cutting. You have people going in different directions at all speeds, playing offense and defense. Athletes today are stronger and more powerful with more explosive force than ever before, thanks to sports nutrition, sports performance and conditioning.

What can players do to prevent injury?

Maintain a good balanced workout, stretch daily and strengthen your core muscles. Flexibility is extremely important, but it’s not as much of a focus for young athletes. As you get older, flexibility becomes important to help limit injuries on the basketball court.

What are the most common injuries in Basketball?

  1. Foot and ankle injuries

Lateral ankle sprains are the most common injury in Basketball. With the quick movements, lots of jumping and especially big feet in some players, some injuries are bound to happen. You may see a player jump and land on another players foot, causing their foot and ankle land awkwardly, resulting in a sprain.

High ankle sprains, an injury to the ligaments between the two lower leg bones (tibia and fibula), can be more of a serious injury and sometimes require surgery to reestablish the relationships between the bones.

With a sprain, follow RICE: Rest – Ice – Compression – Elevation. A lot of these injuries don’t need surgery, but if you can’t put weight on it, get an X-ray to rule out a fracture.

  1. Hip and thigh injuries

An injury to the hips, such as a strained hip flexor, can result from quick pivoting movements. Getting a knee from another playing into the thigh can cause bruising and possible contusions. This may seem like no big deal, but it can be painful and keep you out of the game. For this, ice it for the first 24-48 hours, then switch to heat and stretching so the thigh doesn’t get too tight.

  1. Knee injuries

Basketball requires extensive stop and go and cutting maneuvers which can put the ligaments and menisci of the knee at risk. Injury to the medial collateral ligament is most common following a blow to the outside of the knee and can be often be treated with ice, bracing and a gradual return to activity.

An injury to the anterior cruciate ligament is a more serious injury and can occur with an abrupt change in direction and landing for the jump. Although this ligament tear is most commonly a season ending injury that requires corrective surgery, current techniques used to repair the ACL ligament generally allow the player to return to play the following season.

  1. Wrist and hand injuries

From jammed fingers to sprained, dislocated or fractured fingers, these injuries are very common among basketball players. The ball can hit it your hand or fingers at a fast speed and can cause a significant sprain or break. Sprained wrists can occur if a player falls and puts his hand down to protect himself.

  1. Head and face injuries

Concussions, bloody lips, and other head injuries are usually the result of getting elbowed accidentally or coming down from a layup and getting hit in the head. It’s common when a player is rebounding or fighting for position.

For concussion, players should always get out of the game and have an evaluation by a medical health professional that regularly manages concussions.

 

For an assessment, treatment and management of your Basketball Injuries our osteopaths, massage therapist and chiropodist at Beach Integrated Health Clinic can help you get back on the court. Feel free to contact us directly with any further questions on (416) 546 4887 or  book an online appointment.