By Justin Yeoh, Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Medicine Consultant
An ankle sprain is one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries across all sports; from football to running, from rugby to simply walking. A sprain occurs when the ankle is usually ‘rolled’ (inverted) and can be a contact or non-contact injury. Typically, there is damage to the ligament or ligaments on the outer (lateral) side of the ankle, which helps support the joint.
Justin Yeoh, Sports and Exercise Medicine Consultant who consults at Prime Health in Weybridge, Surrey has treated countless patients, including many professional sports players, for a sprained ankle. Justin advises that while the treatment and management of such an injury can be straightforward, for many patients, ensuring a quick return to activity and minimising any long-term damage, is paramount and their top priority.
Here Justin shares his expert advice and recommendations for treating a sprained ankle and the transition to returning to activity.
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For many adults, working from home offers a number of advantages; no daily commute, a flexible schedule and no office distractions. However, as home working becomes the new normal, there is an ongoing disadvantage which an increasing number of people are experiencing.
When lockdown was enforced, all over the land offices and ergonomically designed workspaces were replaced with make-shift desks in bedrooms and on the kitchen table. And, after spending weeks hunched over their laptops, bad posture and working at poorly set up workstations, home workers are experiencing an increase in aches and pains across the back, neck, and shoulders.
Often just put down to normal daily discomfort and left largely ignored, if left unresolved they could have a much longer-term impact on mobility and posture.
Ele King, Sports Massage Therapist at Prime Health shares five simple stretches to ease the aches and strains felt after periods of time sitting down or working on a computer at a desk.
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Winter sports training throws up multiple issues that you need to be aware of. So how do you continue to maintain your training throughout winter without the risk of gaining an injury?
The first thing you should do is not to be put off from training during cold, wet or icy conditions. Instead, you should follow safe training recommendations and expert advice offered by our sports therapists and clinicians at Prime Health.
No matter whether you are a dedicated sports enthusiast taking part in triathlons, or a passionate weekend warrior that gives it your all at the weekends for your local rugby or football club, it makes perfect sense for you to want to help prevent yourself from sustaining a sports injury that can seriously affect your performance.
When the UK experiences short days, bad weather and cold temperatures all day long, it can be challenging to keep up your training routine. However, there are many benefits to training during the winter.
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With the winter ski season almost around the corner, A& E departments across Europe will be preparing for the large increase in patients presenting with injuries sustained on the slopes. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a newbie, avoiding injury can either make (or break) your winter getaway.
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Richard Sinnerton, who practices at Prime Health and the London Upper Limb Unit, is well accustomed to treating patients who have fallen victim to the winter sports curse and here he shares his guide to the top winter sports injuries and provides expert advice on how to avoid them:
“A bit like waiting to hear the first cuckoo of spring, when winter rolls in orthopaedic surgeons try to spot the first skiing injury of the season” says Richard. “They can usually be spotted in the waiting room wearing a rather complex sling, sporting a Day-Glo coloured plaster cast or leaning on a very swanky crutch: all much grander than their NHS equivalents!
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Prime Health is proud to announce the launch of two new services at their world-class healthcare centre at St George’s Hill in Weybridge.
The two new services, a Golf Injury Package and Sports Injury Package are led by our expert sports medicine team and aim to offer patients suffering from either a golf or sport related injury a fast, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis package, which includes:
- An initial consultation with a specialist sports and exercise medicine consultant
- Diagnostic scanning (3TMRI/x-ray/ultrasound) of the injured area to determine the injury and ensure an accurate diagnosis
- A follow-up consultation with a sports and exercise medicine consultant for the results and a treatment management plan
The packages are available at a fixed price and require no GP referral.
Appointments are available on both weekdays and weekends appointments.
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Golf Injury Clinic
Sports Injury Clinic
Golf is enjoyed by almost 4 million people in the UK alone and in general, is considered a safe sport with a low risk of injury. However, a report carried out by United States of America National Center for Health Statistics in 2016 revealed that golf is no longer as low risk as originally thought and instead the sport caused a higher number of recreational injuries than rugby, hockey and even boxing.
Furthermore, research by the British Journal of Sports Medicine revealed that 15.8% to 40.9% of amateur golfers suffer an injury on an annual basis, with lower back ailments being the main injury culprits.
Like any sport, minimising the risk of injury is paramount. Not only can an injury impact performance on the course, but it can also play a significant role in affecting day to day life if left untreated.
Top 10 tips to minimise a golf injury
Prime Health, is one of only 4 accredited European Tour International Clinics and treats both amateur and professional golfers on the full spectrum of golfing related injuries.
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Whether you play sports for fun or take part in sporting competitions, the last thing you want to happen is to be put out of action by sustaining a sports injury.
While it is almost impossible to avoid every single risk of injury, there is a lot that you can do to help recover more quickly from one – and to come back stronger from it!
Obviously, prevention is better than cure when it comes to sports injuries, so let us take a look at some basic preventative measures you can take to help reduce your risk of injury as well as your best possible treatment options to help you recover from one.
Be more than a weekend warrior
We all know that our work, family and social life can take up a lot of our time. This means that there are many people who can only play sports at the weekend. This can often lead to people overdoing it resulting in an injury.
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