Some sports injuries are more serious than others but rest assured if you do suffer an injury we have the knowledge and experience to help.
Common Ski injuries:
Knee pain is common pain in skiers due to the highly repetitive motions of twisting and turning.
Excessive side to side motions can accentuate the forces going through the knee and lead to inflammation or wear and tear on the various structures around the knee.
There are two meniscus (a type of cartilage) in the knee. Kidney shaped, they provide a cushion between the upper and lower leg bones and can be pinched and torn under pressure. This tends to happen during twisting movements, a tear will alter the biomechanics of the knee and therefore can cause irritation, swelling and pain.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury
This is the supporting ligament in the knee joint that enables twisting and turning movements. It can tear or completely rupture during an awkward landing or fall.
Medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain
This is the ligament that joins the thigh bone and the shin bone and is found on the inner side of the knee joint. As with the ACL, it can be torn through twisting or impact.
The wrist contains many small joints and ligaments and has a cartilage structure which can be injured during impact from a fall.
Rotator cuff impingement
This occurs when there is insufficient space in the shoulder region for the soft tissues. This may be due to localised swelling or thickening, or may be a consequence of forcing the joint or repeated biomechanical issues.
Lower back pain
This is also common among skiers because the back can be held in a ‘flexed’ position for long periods.
It is also worth noting that the main cause of back pain may be the many other lifestyle activities such as prolonged sitting at work or heavy lifting, and that skiing is merely a factor that aggravates the problem. A sustained flexed position can compress the discs of the spine or place an excessive strain on muscles and ligaments which over time can lead to pain.
The pain itself can sometimes spread from the back to the buttocks, and along the leg.
Muscle contusion and bony bruises
This is where a muscle or bony prominence (most often around the hip and thigh) gets bruised in a fall. The impact of the fall can cause damage to the muscle or bone causing swelling and visible bruising, and often limits the amount of movement in that area.