Sports Injuries

With many people turning to sport to keep fit and healthy, sports injuries are becoming increasingly common. At Lowbourne Osteopaths we see most minor sports injuries as well as advise on ways to improve performance.

Osteopaths have diagnostic and palpatory skills to identify the tissue that is injured.  Techniques are chosen to suit the individual in order to restore ease of movement. Advice is given to help prevent further injury.

Muscle and pelvic imbalances, poor posture and altered neck or spinal mechanics can lead to the following:

  • Shoulder problems
  • Tennis or golfers elbow
  • Ligament sprains/muscle strains
  • Knee or hip pain
  • Joint pain

We have supported amateur and professional sports men and women from many areas of sport including football, rugby, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, weight training and keep-fit enthusiasts.




Health News


 Achilles Tendinopathy 



If you are experiencing pain in the back of your ankle, heel or lower calf, you may have a problem with your Achilles tendon.   

The Achilles is the thickest tendon in your body, connecting the muscles of the calf to the back of your heel bone. Tendons are tough bands of fibrous tissue, connecting muscles to bone. The tightly packed fibres run in parallel, creating a strong, rope-like structure.



The Achilles tendon can withstand high loads- for example, running and jumping generates forces up to 8 times your body weight. However, these high forces mean the Achilles is particularly susceptible to injury.  

Tendinopathy occurs when the frequency or intensity of forces exceed the ability of the tendon to repair itself. Micro-tears in the tendon fibres can cause local swelling and pain. Over time, if left untreated, poorly healed micro-tears create an increased risk of a complete tendon rupture.  

Symptoms of tendinopathy include pain and swelling around the tendon and upper heel area. It’s usually worse when you first get up, and can feel very sore on movements such as standing on tip-toes, going up stairs or walking uphill.

 You are more likely to develop Achilles Tendinopathy with:

 ·         Increasing age or weight


·         Starting a new sport


·         Increasing the frequency/ intensity of your training


·         Tight calf muscles and hamstrings


·         Chronic ankle instability


·         Biomechanical factors (such as a tight hip on one side) which affect the way you walk or run





Tendons repair slowly, but with appropriate treatment, you can often make a full recovery. The first rule is to prevent further overstrain - so, for example, if you’ve recently upped the intensity of your training, decrease it immediately. 


Your local osteopath can provide you with advice and a tailored treatment plan suitable for your level of fitness. Treatment includes correction of any abnormal loading through your ankle, combined with a program of exercises to stretch tight calf and hamstring muscles, and to stabilize the ankles, knees, hips, pelvis and core.