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Sports medicine

Optimizing Function & Preventing Recurrences

Sports Medicine applies medical and scientific knowledge to prevent, recognize, manage, and rehabilitate injuries related to sports, exercise, or recreational activity. At Nairobi Spine Orthopaedic Centre, our focus is on helping patients improve their athletic performance, recover from injury and prevent future injuries, and optimize their overall health and function. We  care for all kinds of patients, not just elite athletes.

Sports injuries occur when playing indoor or outdoor sports or while exercising. Sports injuries can result from accidents, inadequate training, improper use of protective devices, or insufficient stretching or warm-up exercises.

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The most common sports injuries are sprains and strains, fractures, and dislocations.

Our sports medicine experts in Kenya treat professional and athletes, weekend warriors, patients seeking better results from their exercise and fitness program, those who have suffered injuries and are trying to regain full function, and individuals with physical disabilities who are trying to increase mobility and capability.

Common sports related Injuries

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  • Concussion. A concussion is a type of brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way the brain normally functions.

  • Sprains.A sprain is a stretch or tear of a ligament near a joint, such as a knee, ankle, or wrist. Sprains are most often caused by falling or by a twisting motion.

  • Torn Rotator Cuffs. The rotator cuff comprises the muscles and tendons that hold the upper arm bone it its joint.

  • Achilles Tendon Rupture.  Achillles tendon are tendons that joins the muscles of the lower leg. A ruptured Achilles is a serious injury that typically requires surgery.

  • Meniscus Injuries. The knee meniscus is a piece of cartilage that serves as a shock absorber between the ends of the leg bones, helps lubricate the joint, and distributes body weight across the joint.

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries. Tears in the ACL generally result in ACL surgery, extensive physical therapy, significant time away from recreational activities, and a likelihood of arthritis within 10 years.

  • Ligament Injuries. Ligaments are the tough, flexible tissues that connect two bones or cartilages or hold together a joint.When the knee is suddenly twisted or directly impact, ligaments can be injured.

  • Heat Injuries. Most often occurs with the intense physical activities associated with long outdoor training sessions in the height of hot seasons. Sweating depletes the body of salt and water.

Sports Medicine Clinic in Kenya

The Sports Medicine Clinic at Nairobi Spine and Orthopaedic Centre brings together a unique team of athletic trainers, physicians, physical therapists and sports scientists to collaboratively provide the best possible medical care for athletic injuries and illnesses.

Whether you have had a sports injury or an orthopedic condition such as arthritis, neck or back pain or other painful conditions we are here to help. Our goal is to get to the cause of your problem, optimize functioning and prevent recurrences.

At the Sports Medicine Clinic in Kenya at Nairobi Spine and Orthopaedic Centre we are proud to maintain a longstanding tradition of excellence in orthopaedic care. We work closely with our patients to develop individualized treatment plans that focus on a speedy and safe return to sports and other recreational activities


When To Seek Medical Attention

It’s OK to put up with some initial discomfort, but don’t ignore a serious injury. If you suspect a serious injury or if you have any of these signs, see a doctor:

The pain is not controlled by the “RICE” therapy and over-the-counter analgesics.

There is a deformity in the joint or the extremity. It looks warped or moves abnormally.

You cannot bear weight or can’t use the limb without it not supporting you or buckling.

There is excessive swelling

Your skin is very discolored or severely bruised

It’s not getting any better after a few days of” RICE” therapy

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We provide a patient-centred multi-disciplinary approach through integrated team solutions to your health, fitness and sporting goals allowing you to quickly and safely return to and improve on your active life.

At Nairobi Spine and Orthopaedic Centre in Nairobi Kenya, our Sports Medicine Clinic is committed to providing excellence in injury management and where appropriate, a cross discipline team approach is utilised for optimal patient outcomes.

Some of the sports related injuries that we deal with include Heat Injuries, Concussion,Sprains,Torn Rotator Cuffs,Achilles Tendon Rupture,Meniscus Injuries,Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries and Ligament Injuries.

Our Sports Medicine clinic accepts Insurance. Please contact your insurance company to verify benefits prior to your visit, or contact us with any questions.

How Can You Prevent Sports Related Injuries

  • Follow an exercise program to strengthen the muscles
  • Gradually increase your exercise level and avoid overdoing the exercise
  • Ensure that you wear properly-fitted protective gear such as elbow guards, eye gear, facemasks, mouth guards, and pads, comfortable clothes, and athletic shoes before playing any sports activity which will help to reduce the chances of injury
  • Make sure that you follow warm up and cool down exercises before and after sports activity. Exercises will help to stretch the muscles, increase flexibility, and reduce soft tissue injuries
  • Avoid exercising immediately after eating a large meal
  • Maintain a healthy diet which will nourish the muscles
  • Avoid playing when you are injured or tired. Take a break for some time after playing
  • Learn all the rules of the game you are participating in
  • Ensure that you are physically fit to play the sport
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Sports Injuries Treatment in Kenya

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The most common treatment recommended for  Sports injury is rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE).

  • Rest: Avoid activities that may cause injury

  • Ice: Ice packs can be applied to the injured area which will help to diminish swelling and pain. Ice should be applied over a towel to the affected area for 15-20 minutes four times a day for several days. Never place ice directly over the skin

  • Compression: Compression of the injured area helps to reduce swelling. Elastic wraps, air casts, and splints can accomplish this.

  • Elevation: Elevate the injured part above heart level to reduce swelling and pain.

Sports Medicine Nutrition

To perform at your highest level, follow these general nutrition guidelines before an event:

  • Eat a meal high in carbohydrates.

  • Eat solid foods 3 to 4 hours before an event. Drink liquids 2 to 3 hours before an event.

  • Choose easily digestible foods, rather than fried or high-fat foods.

  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks within one hour of the event.

  • Drink enough fluids to ensure hydration. A good guideline to follow is: Drink at least 3 cups  of water 1 to 2 hours before exercise and an additional 2- 3 cups within 15 to 30 minutes of the event. Replenishing fluids lost to sweat is the primary concern during an athletic event. Drink 1 cup of water or diluted sports drink every 10 to 20 minutes throughout competition.

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