What are common skiing injuries?

Knee injuries are very common, particularly injuries of the anterior cruciate ligament. Because skiers frequently put their arms out to break a fall, shoulder injuries — such as dislocations and sprains — often occur. Fractures around the shoulder and lower leg are common.

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Shoulder Injuries in Skiing

Part of the reason is the shoulder joint is a very unstable joint where you have a shallow socket with a big ball sitting there. In downhill skiing, it usually happens when you fall with an outstretched arm. The shoulder can get dislocated out of sockets. You can also get a fracture through the head or neck of the humorous.

With shoulder injuries, determining the severity of the injury and the nature of the injury, there are several tools that we can use to help in your recovery. Sometimes people will need some bracing or splinting in the initial phase while the tissue is trying to heal.

And these specialized braces will also allow people to have range of motion, and planes and directions that we want them too, without sort of keeping the joint in a stable static position where it can stiffen up and lead to other detrimental effects.

Taping is another option that we usually use for a shoulder injuries that help people get through rehab a little bit faster and sort of provides stability and control when needed as we sort of work through rehab to then sort of wean people off of that.

Now, it’s very important to get to a qualified physiotherapist so that they can determine the severity of the injury and whether or not to immobilize the shoulder with a sling or a brace perhaps or whether we need to start you off on rehab exercises right away in terms of strengthening and flexibility to get you back to recovery as optimally as possible.

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ACL injuries in skiing

ACL injuries are very common in skiing, and an ACL injury is a partial or full tear of a ligament that is inside of your knee and this can happen from a bending and twisting motion, okay.

Usually you feel a big stretch on your knee or if it’s completely torn you hear a pop or a snap and that will sort of come on with swelling as well. It is going to be painful to weight bear on your knee, it feels quite unstable when you try to put your weight on it.

With ACL injuries, you want to make sure that you protect the joint in the first zero to twenty-four hours, again use your RICE principle, ice and compress and elevate. Then get to a qualified physiotherapist as soon as you can so that we can determine the severity of the injury and either immobilize your leg if we need to or get you back to some motion and rehab right away.

Usually with ACL injuries there are some predisposing factors, muscle imbalances, lack of balance and flexibility and as part of our assessment, we can sort of look at those things and make sure that we address those as part of your rehab.

Depending on how bad the ACL injury is, you may need to get surgery if it’s completely ruptured. Some people decide to go conservative and they use bracing to stabilize the joint while the rehab is happening.

We have to make sure that we determine the condition of your knee because anytime you tear a ligament in any joint the mechanics change and that could lead to detrimental affect down the road if we don’t get it addressed. That is why you need to see a qualified physiotherapist to address those issues and make sure you are on the right track with your rehab.

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Common Symptoms of Concussion

Common symptoms that people are experiencing that they don’t realize they can get treatment for, or that they’re perhaps confused is associated with the injury that had occurred are symptoms such as headache, poor sleep where their sleep routine’s been abruptly disrupted.

They can have neck pain and other pain, they can also have dizziness, they can have some difficulty with reading or computer tolerance. They of course could have emotional symptoms, such as either feeling of down or tearfulness or just extreme mood changes. Sometimes feeling very up and sometimes suddenly down and not understanding why.

And most commonly, just some sense that they’re thinking has really been disrupted, where they can’t figure out why but they know they can’t work, or they can’t attend their classes. Or they’re just not doing as well on any of those normal thinking tasks as they normally did.

Any of those, together with some sense that they’re fatiguing really quickly, no matter what they’re doing, or that they can’t tolerate normal physical activity – even some simple daily activities like running for a bus, or managing some stairs. All of those can be the types of symptoms can clue you into the fact that you’re a good candidate for rehabilitation.

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