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Sports injury

The Wilmslow Hospital is home to many of the region’s leading Sports Injury specialists who are dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries and musculoskeletal problems. Our specialists work with national teams and sporting institutes consulting to numerous elite clubs and athletes. While we treat many athletes at the top of their game, we take the same dynamic approach with all our patients, from the dedicated runner to the first-timer. 

Common sports injuries

The most common sporting injuries are sprains or strains and can usually be treated with a tailored physiotherapy plan. Signs of a sprain or strain include swelling, bruising and pain around the joint or muscle.

Back pain – Many sports can contribute to the risk of developing back pain. It is usually caused by a sprain or strain. 

Bone injuries – repetitive and heavy strain whilst playing sport can cause a number of bone injuries including stress fractures, shin splints and broken bones.

Hamstring – a tear to your tendons in your thigh is common among athletes. You will recognise this injury by feeling or hearing a pop and experiencing immediate pain.

Head – minor head injuries such as bumps and bruises are common, but if you experience dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, slurred speech or unconsciousness, you may have experienced a concussion.

Heel pain – you may develop pain in your heel when a thick band of tissue that runs under the sole of your foot becomes damaged or inflamed. This is most common in runners and joggers. This sort of damage can occur as a build up over time. Your tendon can sometimes snap (rupture) suddenly, identified by a popping or snapping sound. In this instance, you should seek medical advice instantly.

Joint inflammation – common terms for this are tennis or golfer’s elbow (tendonitis). It is a condition by which swelling occurs underneath the skin or around the shoulder, elbow, wrist, finger, thigh, knee or back of the heel. Other inflammation is known as bursitis, which is a small fluid filled sac underneath the skin, usually found over joints and between tendons.

Knee pain – damage to the knee is most commonly found in contact sports and runners. The most common knee injuries are Runner’s knee, which can appear as a grating sensation in the knee, cartilage damage, where pieces of cartilage break off and affect movement and a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which causes severe pain and instability in your knee, and dramatically reduces your range of movement.

Shoulder pain – common in sports where there is repetitive movement such as overarm bowling or throwing, the tendons in the shoulder can become inflamed or torn. In contact sports, the likelihood of a dislocated shoulder is increased. Dislocation is caused by a fall or a sudden impact.

Why choose The Wilmslow Hospital for your sports injuries needs?

  • We provide expert care tailored to individual patients’ needs and requirements.
  • Our one stop clinics provide you with access to a consultation, diagnosis and treatment on the same day.
  • We use advanced diagnostic and orthopaedic technology to facilitate the best possible care and treatment.
  • Together, the consultants, technology and quality of care provided at The Wilmslow Hospital allow us to give patients an ideal outcome – the best treatment, most effective recovery and the best possible results.
  • We are part of the wider HCA Healthcare UK network, including the Manchester Institute of Health & Performance, specialising in sports health and performance.

Need help with your booking?

If you have private medical cover, our friendly business office team can liaise with your insurance company on your behalf, arranging everything you need to start your treatment with us.

If you are self-funding your treatment, our team can provide pricing details for your consultations, diagnostics and procedures and book your appointment too.

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Have a question? You can talk to someone on our friendly team by phone 01625 545 036 or contact us online.

Referring a patient

If you are a medical professional looking to refer your patient to us, you can write a referral letter to us and if you know the consultant that you would like your patient to see, please outline this on the letter. We also accept unnamed referrals. In this case our team will assign the most appropriate consultant to suit your patient’s needs. You then either email your referral letter to us on thewilmslowhospital@hcahealthcare.co.uk or fax it to us on 01625 545 099

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