"Sports injuries are injuries that are caused by participation in a sporting event. In many cases, these types of injuries are due to overuse of a part of the body when participating in a certain activity. For example, runner's knee is a painful condition generally associated with running, while tennis elbow is a form a repetitive stress injury at the elbow, although it does often occur with tennis players. Other types of injuries can be caused by a hard contact with something. This can often cause a broken bone or torn ligament or tendon
Injuries are a common occurrence in professional sports and most teams have a staff of Athletic Trainers and close connections to the medical community. Controversy has arisen at times when teams have made decisions that could threaten a players long-term health for short term gain." (Wikipedia)
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[YEA] 02/23/2009: Lindsey from Waukesha, WI: "I swear by using Arnica Gel for sports injuries. My son had a 3rd degree sprain on his ankle during a basketball game. He was told that he would be out for the rest of the season. He wore a walking boot during the day and iced his ankle 5 times a day and after each time he would smear Arnica gel all over. He was so swollen for 2 weeks for almost 3 weeks. At his next visit to get rechecked which was 2 weeks and 3 days. He was completely healed. The doctor was amazed. He said that he could go back to playing as long as he felt O.K. He hasn't had any problems since. My husband had one of his basketball players use it when he hurt his back in practice. The kid was skeptical but came back the next day and wanted to know where he got it because it worked."Replies
[YEA] 08/11/2010: John from Boise, Id, Usa replies: "My daughter sprained her ankle and she can barely walk. I massaged the ankle with some left-over arnica tincture that I made sometime ago. I wrapped it with an old towel before going to bed. She was healed after 2 days."
Arnica Gel, Epsom Salts, Ice
[YEA] 03/13/2006: Deirdre from Los Angeles: "I use arnica gel to help in recovering from sore muscles from rigorous martial arts workouts. I also supplement with potassium once in a while. However, I've noticed that potassium lowers my already low blood pressure so I need to be careful with that one! Soaking in Epsom Salts is another technique I use from time to time. I cannot stress the importance of ice packs on an injury! They bring swelling down quickly."
[YEA] 09/06/2011: anonymous from usa: "My daughter broke her tailbone while dancing. I took her to a physical therapist at Ability Rehabilitation in Orlando, Catherine Weibel. She specializes in pelvic rehabilitation and manually treated her coccyx. She never had pain again.
Here is a list of doctors by state, look for someone who does manual treatments. I hope this helps.
06/02/2012: Faith from Corsica, France replies: "My coccyx hurts since some time. I have seen 2 generalists who don't take it seriously. I am in an isolated area and working 7 days a week. I am having a lot of pain in one leg. Swimming doesn't seem to help as the doctor said it would. Any ideas?"
06/02/2012: Steve from Las Vegas, Nevada replies: "Sounds like a pinched nerve. A good energy healer can help you with this issue easily. Peace, Steve"
11/07/2012: Mesem from Manosque, France replies: "Well, this has been a long search and not sure if I am OK yet but after seeing 5 different osteopaths I pleaded with my medicine generalist to give me a prescription for a x-ray (not that I like these things! ). Nothing wrong with the coccyx but the osteopath I saw yesterday could read the xray better than the radiographer and saw that the whole of my pelvis was twisted out of line. She went to work realigning everthing and have to say I feel lots better today. You really have to be determined to find solutions and traditinal med. will rarely help you in these sorts of situations."
09/08/2011: Rose from Brooklyn, New York: "fell and tore lisfranc ligament in right foot which is between first and second toe. doctors want to remove cartilage between first and second metatorsal and then fuse them together. could stem cell therapy help to regrow the ligament? also what can help with inflamation and swelling?"
Massage, Acupuncture, Traumeel, Icing
[YEA] 06/14/2008: Kym from Niagara, Canada: "I have severe elbow pain from both tennis elbow and golfers elbow caused by trauma to my elbow and then repetitive use. What has helped make it bearable for me is massage and acupuncture. I also use Traumeel cream on the elbow and Traumeel tablets dissolved in mouth 3x daily for relief of pain and inflammation. If the pain is bad and elbow is very inflamed, such as after alot of use, try icing for 10mins or an ice massage (rub an ice cube over affected area for 3-5mins should feel cold,then burny, then achy, then numb be sure to stop when it starts feeling numb). I also wear an elbow brace to support the elbow this helps alot if you have to use your elbow alot."
04/04/2011: Thakor from Bradford, West Yorkshire, Uk: "Has any one tried castor oil for the treatments of RSI, thats repetive strain injuries, could it work! Anyone any remedy for RSI, regards"
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "I have this little theory about recovering from sports injury, especially Karate (being subjected to a lot of bruises). Taking liberal amounts of vitamin C and vitamin B3 (only in the form of Nicotinic acid -another word for it is niacin).
Another overlooked one is the use of allantoin. But since allantoin is NOT SOLUBLE IN WATER, I used DMSO, which is also known to help sports injury. DMSO or Dimethyl sulfoxide is found in nature and animals are fond of drinking this stuff - they have an instinct to know what is good for them. DMSO will dissolve the allantoin and I have read that comfrey, whose main component is allantoin will help heal broken bones faster also, but you cannot take comfrey internally because it might be poisonous. A way around this is to add 30% allantoin to 70% DMSO, and put in 1/3 -1/2 teaspoon and mixed in your favorite fruit juice, say orange juice. This might help aid in the recovery of sport injury much faster.
The use of north pole magnets (using a very powerful neodymium magnets) will help reduce inflammation. South pole increases inflammation, so please take note to apply the correct one. To identify the north pole is to get a compass. If the north pointing compass points to your magnet. It means this side is north. So mark the positions accordingly. The idea is well accepted in sports area, but are not well accepted in conventional medicine. Sports people need results and the faster they heal, the faster they can compete."
03/05/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland: "I have had a bit of bad news today and I need a bit of advice, if possible! A while ago I did something stupid in the swimming pool and somehow tore a tendon in my left arm. Since then I have pain doing certain movements and in bed at night. The bone surgeon told me today that I need an operation where they make little holes, correct the growth that is now on the tendon and will be immobilized for 6 weeks. After that I will need a lot of exercises in order for my arm to get back to normal. Only half of the tendon is torn, the other half is working but stressed out because it works for both halves.
My question is, is there maybe another option than an operation? My brother-in-law had a similar problem in his knee and had steroids injected, he is ok now. My husband had the same problem with a sports injury many years ago, decided not to go for the operation and eventually got better. I am 54, so not one of the youngest. Is the operation the only way or is there something else one could try first? The surgeon told me that if I go for physiotherapy I will be better part of the time but sometimes I will get worse. I don't know what to do! As we are new here I don't know where else to go either and I need to decide quickly because otherwise in the middle of May we will move to the French countryside for some months and there things will be even more difficult! I can't stay this way because even if I mostly have no pain I do have pain doing some unexpected movements and I never know which ones!"
[YEA] 08/04/2007: Tami from Chattanooga, TN: "My right knee was injured playing softball. A very smart alternative health practitioner told me that all illness, ie staph, strep and any virus, etc goes to the injury area. She said if you want any injury area to heal, you need to give it added nutrition and support. Since I had some liquid Trace Minerals at home, I put a quarter size amount on my palm and rubbed it onto my knee. After doing this for two weeks my right knee felt stronger than my good left knee. Later playing racquetball, I injured my left knee - and the Trace Minerals came thru again! I now apply liquid Trace Minerals directly externally over my heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas and colon. Plus my knees! This is incredible!"
06/22/2008: TAN KOON PENG from SINGAPORE: "To relieve sore muscles from exercise soak in a warm tub with about 2 cups of vinegar poured into the water.. It will help with the soreness tremendously...Its actually best if you can soak with the vinegar after strenuous excercise, (before the soreness sets in), BUT, it will still help alleviate some of the soreness that is already there and you wil feel better soon.
Strawberry tea is good for muscle cramping and tightening. Some people like the tea leaves green but it tastes like straw."