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Some Common Sports Injuries

Here are some common sports injuries that might be treated with physical therapy. For more detail, take a look at our injuries and conditions page.

  • Knee Pain. Two examples of possible sources for the pain could be an injury to the knee or arthritis. The exact origin and severity of the pain may vary, depending on what is causing it. Signs and symptoms of knee pain that could appear are: swelling and stiffness; redness and warmth to the touch; weakness; popping or crunching noises; unable to fully straighten the knee.

  • Tennis Elbow. Tennis or golf elbow describes inflammation of the muscles in the forearm that attach to the elbow. Here are some exercises one can do to rehab this injury:  fist clench, which works the long flexor tendons of the fingers and thumb; supination with dumbell, which uses the supinator muscle; wrist extension, which works your wrist extensors, and wrist flexion, which works your wrist flexors. 

  • Shin splints. Shin splints is pain felt along the front of your lower leg between your knee and ankle, and frequently impacts people who take part in moderate to heavy physical activity. 

  • Groin strains.  A groin strain refers to an injury or tear on the inner side of the thigh. Sudden movements can trigger an acute groin strain, like kicking, twisting, or jumping. This injury is common among professional athletes. Depending on the severity of the strain, mild to severe symptoms can include pain, swelling, and bruising. 

  • Sciatica. Sciatica refers to the pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks down each leg. Sciatica commonly affects one side of the body.

  • Hamstring Strain. A hamstring injury occurs when you pull one of your hamstring muscles, which are the group of three muscles that run along your thigh. You might be more likely to injure your hamstring if you play a sport like soccer, basketball, football, or tennis; or another sport that requires a lot of "stop and start." A hamsatring injury is usually noted by a sudden, sharp pain in the back of your thigh. Bruising and discoloration on your thigh may also occur, as well as muscle weaktnness or an inability to put weight on the affected leg.