6 Common Injuries in the Gym – Prevention & when to seek Treatment

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Dubai, UAE- Your workout is meant to build your body up, not break it down. However, injuries from working out happen way too often. Let’s be honest: most gym injuries are totally preventable! Here are the 6 most common ones — and how you can avoid them. Dr Ertugrul ‘Erti’ Karanlik – Sports medicine consultant discusses the conditions, causes and when to seek treatment.  

Lumbar strain.

Straining the muscles of the lower back can occur in numerous ways. Typically, these injuries are the result of “suboptimal posture/technique, excessive load on the back with an activity, repetitive movements, and/or twisting motions — especially with weightlifting.

When to see a doctor: For most of the injuries you should adhere to the PRICE method (PRICE stands for protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation) and stay off the injured area for a few days. However, any time you have pain radiating from your back down your legs, it is time to seek a medical opinion. Numbness or tingling or burning may signal a disc herniation.

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Hamstring strain.

Hamstring pulls or strains involve the muscles in the back of the thigh.

They occur when these muscles are overstretched rapidly, usually when someone accelerates quickly from a neutral or stationary position.

 When to see the doctor: The dreaded hamstring region ‘pop’ when engaged in significant activity probably warrants a more in-depth evaluation. It could be a sign of a hamstring pull or tear. If you’re in significant pain when you sit down or are walking with a limp, you should also seek a medical opinion.

Groin pull.

It could be a number of muscles in the groin region giving you trouble. There are hip, pelvic, and even some abdominal wall muscles or tendons that could factor into this injury. Typically, these injuries are associated with side-to-side movement, often due to over-stretching of the muscles in this region.

When to see a doctor: If you notice a significant amount of bruising or a bulge, you should get it checked out: you might have a hernia. Hernias can either result from or masquerade as groin pulls, and their management may differ from a more straightforward, isolated groin muscle/tendon injury.

Rotator cuff tendonitis

The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles and tendons, which help to move your shoulder in all of its natural directions. Individuals engaged in throwing and racket sports are susceptible to this injury. High-intensity interval training workouts can lead to it as well.

When to see a doctor: When you can no longer lift that double latte without significant pain, or any time that you experience weakness in the shoulder with activities of daily living, you should reach out for medical assistance. These are indications that you may have torn one of the muscles that make up the rotator cuff.

Tennis elbow

Tennis elbow involves injury or damage to the muscles and tendons that extend the forearm and wrist that attach to the outside portion of the elbow.

Repetitive activities can contribute to this condition. Any activities that involve a regular extension of the wrist and forearm can incite tennis elbow, including golf.

When to see a doctor: Tennis elbow typically resolves for most individuals with rest. If the symptoms persist for more than six weeks or your elbow/forearm feels weak, you should see a doctor for diagnosis with treatment options including physiotherapy.

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