Sports injuries

Sports injuries can significantly impact spinal health. At The London Spine Clinic, we understand the importance of early intervention and specialised treatment to prevent sports injuries from becoming chronic and to facilitate a prompt return to activity.

Exercise and sports

Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and sports offer a popular avenue for staying active. By paying attention to your back and understanding the strains that different sports can place on it, you can prevent back injuries and maintain your athletic performance. Our comprehensive approach encompasses specific information about sports injuries and their connection to back pain in various activities, including bicycling, weight lifting, running, swimming, skiing, golf, and tennis. The team have huge experience of treating elite athletes and other sports men and women.

Schedule a consultation with The London Spine Clinic to start your journey towards healing, injury prevention, and continued engagement in sports.

Types of Sports-Related Back Injuries

Lower back injury:

  • Poor posture, sudden movements, and repetitive motions during sports activities can contribute to lower back injuries.
  • Common lower back injuries include herniated disc, muscle strains and ligament sprains,

Our specialised physiotherapy team is highly skilled in managing back injuries, offering tailored rehabilitation programs to promote healing, restore function, and prevent future recurrences.

Podiatry assessment is also very helpful with dealing with foot and leg misalignment which can help balance the spine and alleviate pain.

Neck injury:

  • Sports-related neck injuries, such as disc injuries, whiplash and cervical strains, can result from impacts and sudden movements.

Our experienced physiotherapists employ targeted treatment techniques to alleviate pain, restore neck mobility, and improve overall function for individuals with neck injuries.

Upper back injury:

  • Impact during sports activities, poor posture, and repetitive motions can cause upper back injuries.
  • Upper back injuries may include muscle strains, thoracic spine fractures, and postural imbalances.

Our dedicated physiotherapy team focuses on therapeutic interventions to address upper back injuries, including manual therapy, exercise prescription, and posture correction techniques.

When to see a consultant

Knowing when to seek medical attention for sports-related injuries is crucial to ensure timely and appropriate treatment. While some minor injuries may resolve with self-care and rest, it is recommended to consult with a specialist if you experience any of the following:

  • Severe pain: If you are experiencing severe or persistent pain that limits your range of motion or affects your daily activities, it is important to seek medical evaluation. This could indicate a more significant injury that requires professional attention.
  • Swelling or bruising: If you notice significant swelling, bruising, or discolouration around the injured area, it may indicate tissue damage or internal bleeding. Consulting with a specialist can help determine the extent of the injury and guide appropriate treatment.
  • Joint instability: If you feel that a joint is unstable or "giving way" during physical activity, it could be a sign of ligament or tendon damage. Seeking a consultation can help assess the injury and provide recommendations for stabilisation and rehabilitation.
  • Inability to bear weight: If you are unable to bear weight on a limb or experience significant difficulty in walking or moving, it could indicate a fracture or severe ligament injury. Immediate medical attention is recommended to prevent further damage and promote optimal healing.
  • Numbness or tingling: Persistent numbness, tingling, or weakness in any part of the body following a sports injury may indicate nerve involvement. Consulting with a specialist can help determine the underlying cause and guide appropriate treatment.
  • Recurring or worsening symptoms: If your symptoms persist, worsen over time, or recur despite conservative management, it is advisable to consult with a consultant. They can assess the underlying cause and provide tailored treatment strategies to promote recovery.


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Our state-of-the-art facilities and diagnostic expertise enable us to accurately assess and diagnose the underlying causes of your sports-related injury. We employ various imaging techniques such as EOS scans, X-rays, CT and MRI scans, discography (imaging of spinal discs), and myelography (contrast dye imaging of the spinal cord). Nerve conduction studies further aid in evaluating your condition.

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Treatment Options

We are dedicated to providing specialised treatment and rehabilitation services for sports-related injuries. Our goal is to facilitate your recovery, prevent chronicity, and support your safe return to activity. With a focus on optimising your spinal health, our skilled physiotherapy team develops personalised rehabilitation programs tailored to your needs. Our podiatrist can also carry out a biomechanical assessment and gait analysis.

Whether you're managing existing back pain or aiming to prevent injuries, we can help you navigate sports activities successfully.

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