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Sports injuries and muscle pain

In the UK, over 388,500 sports injuries were treated between 2011 and 2012 so if you lead an active lifestyle it's likely you may incur an injury at some point. Find out more from Voltarol® about the main sports injuries and their causes.

Strains, sprains and bruises

Sports injuries often occur because of overstretching or sustaining a direct blow to the body, which will affect your soft tissues, including muscles, ligaments and tendons. When this happens the tissue starts to go through a healing process, which starts with an inflammatory response that is vital for the tissues to heal well. The injured area is very sensitive to further injuries because the new tissue is very delicate, so it is important to give it time to heal.

Here are some of the most common sports-related injuries:

  • Strains and sprains: A strain occurs when a muscle is overstretched, whereas a sprain is the forcible wrenching or twisting of a joint with partial or complete rupture of its ligaments, but it is not dislocated. Traditionally a sprain is considered to be more serious than a strain, however strains can lead to muscle tears as well
  • Bruises: Bruises usually develop after a bump or fall when small blood vessels rupture or tear under the skin. This causes blood to leak into the tissues under the skin, which creates the black or blue colour. Bruises usually heal within two weeks, although bruises on the leg usually take longer than on the face or arms. If a bruise is still there after two weeks, you should consult your doctor

If any injury does not show signs of improving after a few days, please consult your doctor.

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Muscle pain

Muscle aches and pains are common and often occur because a muscle has been overworked. They can also involve more than one muscle at the same time. There are many causes of muscle pain, including:

  • Over-exercising, tension, stress or physically demanding work
  • When you do activities you don't usually do such as heavy lifting or DIY work

If you have any concerns about muscle aches or pains, please consult your doctor.

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Back pain

Back pain is a problem that will affect most people at some point in their lives and this is the most common reason for people taking time off work in the UK. The most common type of back pain is in the lower back, which affects 80% of people at some time.

Back pain develops for many different reasons and it can be triggered by everyday activities at home or at work. It can occur very suddenly if you twist your back awkwardly, or may develop gradually over time as a result of sitting or standing badly. The symptoms to look out for include:

  • Soreness
  • Stiffness
  • Tension in the neck, shoulders, buttocks and thighs

For most people, back pain will subside and resolve itself within approximately 12 weeks. The main causes of pain include:

  • Bending awkwardly
  • Lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling incorrectly
  • Slouching in chairs
  • Standing or bending down for long periods of time
  • Twisting
  • Over-stretching
  • Driving in a hunched position
  • Driving for long periods of time without taking a break
  • Over-using muscles, due to sports or repetitive movement

If your symptoms don't start to improve within three days, or if your back pain recurs regularly for more than six weeks, contact your GP surgery.

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Voltarol® Pain-eze Emulgel® contains diclofenac diethylammonium. For relief of pain & inflammation. Always read the label.

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