Snow Skiing Injuries

Snow Skiing Injuries

Article by John Miller

Skiing & Snowboarding Injuries

Snowboarding specific injuries

Alpine skiing or snowboarding is so much fun, but two things can go wrong for you this ski season: muscle soreness or injury – particularly your knee ligaments! The good news is that both of these are connected and largely preventable with just a little bit of pre-season exercise. Let’s discuss muscle soreness first.

Muscle soreness usually occurs on day two or three of your ski holiday. Your muscles have been pumping away keeping you on your skis or snowboard. However, they require strength and most importantly eccentric fitness to cope with the hours of skiing. If you don’t have this type of muscle fitness you’ll develop a condition known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).

One of the downsides of DOMS is less muscle control, which unfortunately predisposes you to injury – especially later in the week when you are sore and muscle fatigued.

The most common region in the body injured by skiing is your knee. Knee ligament injuries including ACL injury are commonplace.

You wouldn’t want to do your ACL if you knew you could prevent it! That’s where a “Prepare to Ski” exercise program or a “Ski Injury Risk Assessment” can help you avoid pain or injury this ski season.

At PhysioWorks, we’ve even set it up so that you can “Get Fit for Skiing” either solo, with a ski buddy or a family group. Please call us today for details.

Plan to Ski this Season Injury-Free! (1161 KB)

Snowboarding specific injuries

Arm Pain Causes

Arm pain and injuries are widespread. Arm pain can occur as a result of either sudden, traumatic or repetitive overuse. The causes can be related to sports injuries, work injuries or simply everyday arm use.

Arm pain can be a local injury, musculoskeletal injury or could even be referred from nerves in your neck (cervical radiculopathy). This can result in neck-arm pain.

Causes of Arm Pain by Region

Causes of Arm Pain by Structure

Neck-Related Arm Pain

Shoulder-Related Arm Pain

Elbow-Related Arm Pain

Wrist-Related Arm Pain

Hand-Related Arm Pain

Muscle-Related Arm Pain

Other Sources of Arm Pain

Common Causes of Arm Pain

The most common sources of arm pain include shoulder painwrist pain and elbow pain.

Referred Arm Pain

As mentioned earlier, arm pain can be referred to from another source. Cervical radiculopathy is a common source of referred arm pain. Cervical radiculopathy will not respond to treatment where you feel the arm pain. However, it will respond positively to treatment at the source of the injury (e.g. your neck joints).

Professional assessment from a health practitioner skilled in diagnosing both spinal-origin and local-origin (muscle and joint) injuries (e.g. your physiotherapist) is recommended to ensure an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment directed at the arm pain source.

Arm Pain has Diverse Causes.

The causes of your arm pain can be extensive and varied. Due to this diversity, your arm pain should be assessed by a suitably qualified health practitioner to attain an accurate diagnosis, treatment plan and implementation specific to your arm pain.

What Arm Pain is Associated with a Heart Attack?

Left-arm pain can be an early sign of a life-threatening cardiac issue. Based on this, a professional medical assessment that involves an accurate history, symptom analysis, physical examination and diagnostic tests to exclude a potential heart attack is important to exclude this potentially life-threatening source of arm pain.

For more information, please consult with your health practitioner, call an ambulance on 000, or visit a hospital emergency department to put your mind at ease.

Good News. Most Arm Pain is NOT Life-Threatening.

Luckily, life-threatening arm pain is far less likely than a local musculoskeletal injury. Arm pain caused by a localised arm muscle, tendon or joint injury should be assessed and confirmed by your health practitioner before commencing treatment.

Arm Pain Prognosis

The good news is that arm pain, and injury will normally respond very favourably to medical or physiotherapy intervention when early professional assessment and treatment is sought. Please do not delay in consulting your healthcare practitioner if you experience arm pain.

Common Arm Pain Treatments

With accurate assessment and early treatment, most arm injuries respond extremely quickly to physiotherapy or medical care, allowing you to resume pain-free and normal activities of daily living quickly.

Please ask your physiotherapist for their professional treatment advice.