Figure Skating Looks Beautiful, But the Injuries Can be Ugly. Here’s Helping You Recover
Most commonly occurring injuries
Since figure skating does not involve wearing any kind of protection, any body part could be injured. The most commonly observed injuries include concussion which occurs after a hard fall to the ground, head first. Wrist injuries like the carpel tunnel syndrome, sprains, fractures are common during lifting as well as while breaking the fall. Fractures can occur in the radius and ulna of the arm and the small scaphoid bone of the hand. Knee injuries are another common type of injuries which occur during a fall. Injuries to the knee cap range from minor bruises to knee cap dislocation. The misalignment caused due to dislocation of the knee cap can damage the knee and the cartilage. Injuries to the hip joint and the feet have also been reported. Overstretching of the Achilles tendon can cause major injury to the feet.
There are various recovery techniques to recover from injuries caused by skating. The most common are:
- PRICE (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation)
PRICE is most commonly administered as the first treatment for any kind of injury like bruise, sprain, muscle strain or others. Protection needs to be given to the part that has already been injured to prevent any further damage, which might worsen the condition. Supportive gear like crutches, sling, walker or a cane might be recommended depending on the injury. Rest after the injury is a must for quick healing. Ice packs are applied to control the swelling and to treat soreness. Compression technique is used by sport professionals to limit swelling of an injury by covering it with medical bandage. Elevation of the injured body part can speed up the recovery process.
Electrical stimulation or e-stim is used to control pain, control inflammation, decrease muscle spasm, heal skin incisions, heal bone fractures, heal muscle and ligament injuries, etc. Electrical stimulation is achieved with a specialised unit and electrical pads which direct current to the target region. Electrical stimulation can be used on single or multiple locations to treat multiple injuries at a time.
- Physical Therapy & Exercise Therapy
Physical therapy & Exercise therapy are the most effective treatment options against various sport injuries. The injury treatment plan consists of different phases which cover pain control, injury management, recovery and rehabilitation. Occupational therapy provides specialised programs for patients to work around their injuries to resume daily functions.
- Medication and Surgery
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are administered during initial phases of injuries to fight against acute pain. Ibuprofane and naproxen are the most commonly used anti-inflammatory drugs. When the non-invasive techniques fail or the injury is recurring, surgery is advised. Depending upon the severity of the injury surgery is recommended to patients.
Figure skating is a delight for the performer as well as the audience. Don’t let injuries scare you away from it!