Posted on September 01, 2016 by Jack Quinn
This weekend marks the start of the Aviva Premiership Rugby season, with this begins our partnership with Sale Sharks. This step illustrates the commitment to providing professional standard care to each and every customer.
Our continuous development with professional sports teams has enabled us to once again expand our understanding and awareness of our athlete’s needs. This year will see the launch of our first sport specific product line, this product line will add to our exiting quality products such as the Exo Ankle and Pro Action Knee Brace.
BeneCare Direct’s passion is to provide you with professional standard care and the best possible advice and service with every purchase, with that in mind here’s a list of the most common injuries and the best rehabilitation solutions we can offer.
ACL Knee Injury
Your anterior cruciate ligament is vital to your knees stability and is one of the most common issues involving the knee. Around 80% of ACL tears are non-contact injuries and most often occur when pivoting and or jumping, therefore the injury more likely in the lock and second row position. Many ACL tears do not require reconstruction surgery and the best way to treat an ACL injury is to immobilise the knee until it can be returned to their normal range of movement.
Ankle sprains mostly occur when rolling the ankle on some unstable ground. You may be referred for an X-ray or CT scan to provide the clinician with the specific ligament or bone injuries. Ankle sprains increase your risk or re-injury by 40-70% therefore correct protection should be worn in the rehabilitation process. The Exo Ankle Brace provides support around the ankle and can be worn to minimise any possible re-injury.
MCL Knee Ligament
One of the most common rugby injures, the Medial Collateral Ligament is located on the inside of the knee joint. The MCL knee ligament is typically injured during a collision or the fixation of the foot when added traction (boot studs) remains in the turf as the individual twists ultimately injuring the Medial Collateral Ligament. Ice packs and compression will aid the injury in the initial stages; a doctor should be contacted to provide medication and rehabilitation if necessary. The SK Knee Brace and Hinged Knee Stabiliser will provide support and protection to the knee and can be worn during the recovery process.
Acute thumb injuries occur frequently in rugby alongside numerous other contact sports. The majority of thumb injures are a result of bending the thumb tackling or holding an opponent. This type of injury commonly creates severe pain and restricted movement around the thumb join. In some cases the ligament can be completely torn away. There will be no further tension on the injured ligament; therefore the thumb will be noticeably more mobile. The first stage of recovery is several days’ rest. Once the thumb gradually becomes more mobile you may wish to introduce a thumb splint such as the CMC Comfort Splint or BeneCare Pro Thumb Splint. A thumb splint aims to immobilise the thumb and reduce the range of movement whilst protecting the thumb from further injury.
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