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  • 1. Rehabilitation of injuries to the thorax and abdomen Rib Fracture • A rib fracture (broken rib) is common in contact sports and usually occurs when you have a hard impact to the chest such as an elbow. Symptoms of a fractured rib • Pain and swelling at a particular point in the ribs. • Pain when you breathe in deeply or when you cough or sneeze. • Pain at a specific point when someone presses in over the whole of your rib cage.
  • 2. Treatment of a Fractured Rib What can the athlete do? • Rest is all you can do. • If it is very severe then you should seek medical attention to ensure no damage has been done inside the rib cage. • If you have a severe fracture of the ribs you would know about it! What can a sports injury specialist do? • There is not much a sports injury specialist can do except confirm the diagnosis and advise rest. • A doctor can X-ray the ribs and rule out any internal damage.
  • 3. Abdominal Muscle Strain or Inflammation • An abdominal strain is a tear or rupture of part of the abdominal muscles. • We look at symptoms and treatment options. Symptoms of Abdominal Muscle Strain • Tenderness and inflammation over an area of the rectus abdominis (usually at the bottom). • A sudden sharp pain in the abdominal muscles which would indicate a rupture. • An increase in pain when the abdominal muscles are contracted e.g. doing a stomach crunch.
  • 4. What is Inflammation of the Stomach Muscles? • It is usually the Rectus abdominus muscle which is damaged in an abdominal strain but other muscles in the stomach area (Internal obliques, External obliques) can be affected. • Ruptures occur in weightlifters, throwers, gymnasts, and wrestlers and other sports which involve fast whole body movements and changes of direction. • If the athlete returns to training before the injury is allowed to heal fully then repeated injuries may occur.
  • 5. Treatment of Abdominal Muscle Strain • Rest until there is no pain. • Apply cold therapy to help ease pain and swelling. • See sports injury professional who can advise on rehabilitation. • Anti-inflammatory medication e.g. ibuprofen. • Use therapeutic ultrasound. • If you rest as soon as there is sign of injury ,then it should not take more than a couple of weeks to heal. • If you have ruptured muscle the healing time will depend on how bad the strain is.
  • 6. Stitch • A stitch can usually be felt to one side of the abdomen (more often the right side), around the area of the lower ribs. • Most cases of abdominal pain during exercise are referred to as a 'stitch' or side stitch. • Stitches are very common, especially in running and swimming. • The causes of a stitch may include: Eating too close to exercise. Not warming up thoroughly.
  • 7. Continued… Other causes of abdominal pain in athletes include pain referred from the thoracic spine. Treatment of Stitch Pain • In order to relieve stitch pain, try stopping, leaning forwards and breathing out hard whilst pressing in to the painful area with your fingers.