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MAURITIUS DISCOVERY
» 01 Aug 2016
DISCOVERY

Sport injuries are common even among highly trained athletes. While it is a precautionary measure to prevent all kinds of injuries, the proper treatment of injuries, when they do happen, is equally important. The paramedical department at Fortis Clinique Darné, is well equipped in terms of highly qualified personnel such as physiotherapist, nutritionist, exercisers, osteopaths, physiologists, podiatrists and coaches, and avails of the latest technology, to treat athletes in case of injury. There are different kinds of sport injuries, ranging from the benign, which require minimal intervention, to more serious ones, whose treatments are spread over a longer period of time. The most common form of sport injuries is tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon, as it concerns all sport disciplines. These are often caused by repeated movements or a bad move. There is also a cluster of injuries, which can be classified as muscular injuries, which include injuries in the calves, ankles and legs like sprains or pulled or strained muscles. While each injury requires a different type of treatment, the location of the injury, which is more or less precise, already gives an indication on the type of injury. Yannick d’Hotman, physiotherapist at Fortis Clinique Darné’s paramedical department, explains that in case of muscular injury treatment starts with an ultrasound examination of the muscle to ensure the nature of the injury and to decide on the mode of treatment to be adopted. In cases of contracture, which occurs by the shortening or hardening of the muscle, without any rupture, the patient takes an average of five days to recover, where almost no physiotherapy is required. In case of a muscular strain, without rupture, the recovery time is 15 days. However, if the muscle or ligament is torn, the recovery period stretches to a minimum of 6 weeks. When an athlete suffers from ankle ligament sprain for instance, one or more ligaments of the ankle are totally or partially torn. The ankle remains strapped for one week, where the patient is required to rest. Following this step, the patient undergoes a healing phase for two weeks, supervised by a physiotherapist. This is followed by three weeks of rehabilitation, for it is extremely important to rebalance the joint and ligaments before the patient resumes his normal sporting activities. This line of treatment helps to curtail any possibility of relapse. To ensure proper wound healing in such cases, physical therapy is essential. It may happen that a muscle gets torn completely, which entails internal bleeding. In this case, surgery followed by a recovery period of two to three months is required. Following surgery, the patient needs to undergo physiotherapy, as chances of aftereffects are high. Specific massages are recommended to completely heal the wound. In certain cases, ultrasound and electrotherapy are used in association with these massages. Once the first phase of wound healing is completed, the patient undergoes therapy for reinforcement of muscles, stretching and exercises that help restore balance, hence ensuring that there are no chances of relapse once the patient resumes training.
THE MEDICAL & SURGICAL CENTRE LTD
HEAD OFFICE: Georges Guibert Street, Floréal 74111, Mauritius
Tel: (230) 601 2300 | Fax: (230) 696 3612 (Administration) | Fax: (230) 696 1209 (Medical)
FCD NORTH: Office C, C0 – 05A & C2 – 204, La Croisette Mall, Grand Bay, Mauritius
Tel: (230) 601 2300 | Fax: (230) 269 6224
Email: clinique@cliniquedarne.com | www.fortiscliniquedarne.com

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