How Physiotherapy Clinics Can Help With Common Swimming Injuries?

How Physiotherapy Clinics Can Help With Common Swimming Injuries?

Swimming is considered to be one of the best forms of exercise. It helps you tone the muscles in your body and allows you to stay in shape. Although it is considered to be a sport with relatively low risk of injury, there can be certain types of injuries that might occur while swimming. These injuries usually take place due to overtraining, doing a swimming technique that requires you to reach too far and over-rotate your body, and the overuse of pull buoys and paddles.
Experts at our Lethbridge physiotherapy clinic regularly come across patients with swimming injuries. Treatments like massage therapy, exercise therapy, and anti-inflammatory medication are prescribed for these injuries. Let’s take a closer look at a few common swimming injuries and ways to deal with them –

  • Impingement Syndrome

All forms of swimming styles involve the use of your arms. You need to perform multiple shoulder rotations to swim across a short distance of water. These movements tend to take a toll on the tendons surrounding your rotator cuff. Your tendons tend to get inflamed and cause your rotator cuff to wear off. A rotator cuff injury can cause a sharp pain in your shoulder. The best way to avoid developing the impingement syndrome is by warming up every time before you go swimming. If you still experience consistent pain in your shoulder joint, it is recommended to visit a physiotherapist at the earliest.

  • Breaststroker’s Knee

If you use the breaststroke style of swimming, then there is a high chance of getting a breaststroker’s knee. It is an injury in which the ligaments around your knee become inflamed leading chronic pain. The ‘whip kick’ movement in this style of swimming leads to the muscles around your knee to contract violently and repeatedly. This takes a toll on your knee. In Lethbridge physiotherapy clinics, massage therapy is recommended to alleviate this pain. The physiotherapist might also prescribe exercises to strengthen the muscles of your hips and your knees, including your quadriceps, abductor, and adductor muscles. 

  • Lower Back Injury

Doing butterfly strokes can lead to lower back injury at times. In fact, butterfly back is an alternative term used for lower back pain frequent among swimmers. If you have been experiencing this condition, then you should immediately consult with a physiotherapist at a reputed Lethbridge physiotherapy clinic. The most common way of treating this condition is rest combined with anti-inflammatory medication, heat therapy, and massage therapy. 

If you have been facing any of the above conditions, then 
get in touch with our physiotherapists at InHome Physical & Massage at the earliest.