The How Osteopathic Clinic Edinburgh also treats Sports Injuries

Commonly treated Sports Injuries at the How Clinic Edinburgh include:

What is a Sports Injury?

Sports injuries can affect both amateur and professional sportsmen or sportswomen. The term Sports Injury is used to define injuries which occur while playing sports or carrying out exercise and can affect any part of the body, including the muscles, bones, joints and connective tissues (tendons and ligaments) with the ankles and knees being some of the most commonly affected areas.

While sprains and strains tend to be the most frequently occuring sports injury; other sports injuries can include back pain, bone injury such as fractures or breaks, hamstring pulls and strains and head injuries.

Causes of Sports Injuries

There are a variety of ways in which Sports Injuries occur but some of the most common causes of sports injury are an accident such as a fall or heavy blow which are known as traumatic sports injuries. Sports Injuries which are caused by not warming up properly before beginning to exercise, overtraining or using a inappropriate training or a poor technique are known as overuse injuries such as plantar fasciitis achilles tendinopathy 

Why is Osteopathy Effective In Treating Sports Injuries?

Osteopathy can be particularly effective when used to treat Sports Injury, or to aid in the rehabilitation of the body after sports injury. Osteopathy is also extremely successful in treating functional complaints such as reduced joint flexibility and mechanical limitations which affect the ability to engage in sports.

The holistic approach to osteopathic treatment at the How Osteopathic Clinic ensures that each patient is viewed as an individual and as such there is no one-size fits all approach to the treatment of sports injury. Instead your osteopath Helen How will use a variety of osteopathic techniques; ranging from traditional osteopathy and cranial osteopathy to more modern osteopathic treatments such as electrotherapy and vibrotherapy.

Treating Sports Injuries with Shockwave Therapy

The How Osteopathic Clinic in Edinburgh is one of the only osteopathic clinics in Scotland to be qualified to provide Storz Medical  Shockwave Therapy to treat sports injuries. This treatment is widely utilised by professional sportsmen and women and has proven effectiveness in minimizing the recovery time after incurring a sports injury.

As participation in sports has greatly increased in the last few years one must maintain and develop a good continual professional learning pathway of knowledge skills and experience in the muscular-skeletal body.


Helen has attended the following courses to keep up a good all round professional knowledge and skills on shoulder pain. knee pain hip and groin back pain as a practicing clinican.  Helen would like to thank in particular Beony Mathews , Glen Robbins  Tom Goom Jo Gibson Peter Malliarias as world class clinicians and researchers





Types of Sports Injury

Sports Injuries are broadly classfied into two main groups: acute & chronic sports injuries.

Acute Sports Injuries occur suddenly when playing or exercising and are characterised by one or more of the following symptoms;

  • Sudden severe pain or swelling
  • Inability to place weight on a limb
  • Swelling or tenderness in the affected area.
  • Limited mobility in the affected area
  • Weakness in the leg or arm
  • A bone or joint that is visibly out of place

Chronic Sports Injuries

Chronic Sports Injuries are on-going or permanent injuries which cause pain while engaging in sport or prevent you from playing or exercising as normal.

Often dismissed as a niggling inconvenience, signs of a chronic sports injury include;

  • Pain or discomfort which has been occurring for over a month
  • Constant or intermittent pain or discomfort which prevents you from exercising
  • Dull aches and pains after exercise or sports.
  • Inability to place weight on a limb
  • Swelling or tenderness in the affected area.