Summer Sports

Summer is the perfect time to play more sport or take up something new. With so many tournaments, including Wimbledon, The Open, and The Ashes, taking place during the warmer months, there’s plenty to inspire and motivate us to get out and get moving.

However, without care and attention, and particularly if you’re a little out of practice, it’s easy to get injured.

Common summer sports injuries and their symptoms

Tennis elbow

This is a condition that causes pain around the outside of the elbow, which can also radiate down the arm to the wrist. This can be mild and only felt when using the elbow, to a constant burning pain that interferes with everything from washing, dressing and sleeping. In some instances, people can even lose the ability to fully extend their arm.

It’s called tennis elbow because the prevalence is high in people that play tennis. In reality, it occurs in any number of sports, and even in people that don’t play any sports.

If you do think you might have tennis elbow, it’s important to get a formal diagnosis. Without this, you won’t receive the targeted treatment needed to effectively resolve it.

SLAP (Superior Labrum, Anterior to Posterior) injury

This happens when cartilage in the inner part of your shoulder joint tears. Tears can happen over time in people who play sports or do exercise that requires lots of overhead motion. Summer sports, such as tennis, swimming and lifting weights are all common causes for SLAP tears. A SLAP injury can make it painful or difficult for you to move your shoulder and arm; cause popping noises or a grinding feeling when you move your shoulder; and make it feel like your shoulder might pop out of your shoulder blade.

Left untreated, these tears can cause chronic pain, limit how much you can use your arm and shoulder, and lead to more serious shoulder problems. As such, it’s important not to grin, bear it and ignore your symptoms. Seeing a doctor and getting a formal diagnosis is the first step to getting your quality of life back.

Shoulder impingement

Shoulder impingement happens when a tendon inside your shoulder rubs or catches on nearby tissue and bone as you lift your arm. It can come on gradually or you might feel it all of a sudden. It can cause pain, and a feeling of weakness when you lift or move your arm.

If your pain doesn’t go away, it’s worth seeing a specialist who can assess your condition and create a recovery plan for you. This could include working with a specialist physiotherapist, steroid injections in the shoulder, and rarely, surgery.

What to do following an injury

The first thing to remember is that injuries happen. Stop your activity. If necessary, take painkillers and anti-inflammatories, ice the injury, and then get plenty of rest. If after a day or two, you don’t see any improvement, seek help. Alternatively, if you feel intense pain straight away, don’t wait and see.

Book an appointment with a specialist so you can start your recovery journey without delay:

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If you are paying for your own treatment, you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. Simply refer yourself* and book an appointment by filling the enquiry form.

Using health insurance?

If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa, Aviva), you need to contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment, and in most cases, you will also need to get a referral letter from your GP. If you’re not registered with a GP, we have an in-house private GP practice you can use.

*Please note – for tests and scans such as X-rays, MRIs and blood tests, a referral will be needed. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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