Whatever kind of sport you are involved in, an injury can be anything from a minor niggle to something that is potentially career ending. Whether you are an elite athlete or just someone who takes the competition seriously, any injury needs dealing with before you can return to your best. Cryotherapy for sports injuries is a proven method of treatment and many of these sports injuries are sadly all too common. From Archery to Zorbing and all sports in between, here are just a few of the knocks, sprains and strains that the cooling powers of cryotherapy can help.
If you fall and land awkwardly or turn suddenly, then you could twist or tear the ankle ligaments. This type of soft tissue injury will cause swelling and discomfort and may take up to 48 hours to fully develop after the accident. Depending on the severity it will naturally heal over time, however, this could take as long as 3 months for a serious strain. Cryotherapy can reduce swelling and speed up the healing process, getting you back on your feet ready for the next game.
Strenuous overuse of the forearm tendons and muscles can cause the painful problem of tennis elbow. As the name suggests, it is associated with tennis, although many activities that place repetitive stress on the elbow joint can cause it. From golf to playing the violin, the constant elbow movement can result in pain that will not only be a nuisance when you are playing sport, but it will also rear its head when holding small objects or opening jars. The process of cryotherapy can help reduce the pain and get you back out on court faster than a Federer first serve.
Knee pain is often found in participants of contact sports that involve twisting and also in sports such as running that overwork the joint. Skiing, football and rugby can all cause one the most serious knee injuries, a torn anterior cruciate ligament. This ligament passes through the knee, joining the thigh bone to the shin bone. Essential for movement and stability, damage to the ACL can severely limit your mobility and, in extreme cases, may need surgery to correct it. If surgery is necessary then cryotherapy can help control inflammation and pain after the operation, reducing recovery time.
The shoulder is an incredibly mobile joint, but all this movement leaves it open to a wide range of potential problems. A torn rotator cuff is caused by damage to the soft tissue of the shoulder joint and is common in sports that use a lot of overhead movements, such as tennis and swimming. The right kind of gentle exercise can help repair the shoulder but, as with all the injuries mentioned here, cryotherapy treatment speeds up the natural healing process and restores a normal range of movement more rapidly.
The range of treatments offered by Cryoaction for these injuries give you the edge to return to training earlier and get fitter faster.