Treatment for Football
Related Injuries

Sports Injury Specialist for Football Injuries

The Capital Orthopaedics team is dedicated to providing the right diagnosis and most effective treatment for all football-related injuries.

We work with professional football players to get them back on the pitch quickly, with the physical resilience to avoid future injuries.

And we treat recreational footballers with exactly the same focus – whether you’ve been hurt in a park kick-about or in a local league match.

Football Injuries

Many of football-related injuries occur as a result of traumatic events – an explosive or wrenching movement, or a direct impact such as a tackle or a fall. Players over 40 also face a risk of overuse or wear-and-tear injuries.

Non-surgical treatments we offer for musculoskeletal conditions include:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Steroid injections to reduce inflammation
  • Ultrasound-guided injections to stimulate healing
  • Shockwave therapy
  • If surgery is necessary, our highly experienced orthopaedic consultants always aim to use minimally invasive techniques to ensure a faster recovery time.

Football Injuries We Treat

Sprained ankle

The strong ligaments in your ankle joint are stretched due to a sudden twisting action. Severe or untreated sprains can lead to ongoing ankle instability and pain. Common ankle conditions that we treat include:

  • ankle arthritis
  • cartilage damage
  • tendon tear
  • ankle impingement
  • footballer’s ankle

Hamstring injuries

The three large muscles at the back of your leg can be injured due to sudden changes of speed. The following hamstring injuries are particularly common in footballers:

  • hamstring strain
  • hamstring rupture
  • avulsion fracture

Knee ligament injuries

The strong, fibrous ligaments that stabilise your knee joint can get damaged or torn due to a sudden twisting motion or a side impact. This can result in pain, swelling and ongoing instability. The most common footballing injuries that we treat include:

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) tear
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) tear
  • multiple ligament injuries

Knee cartilage tear

An impact on your knee, or a sudden twisting movement can cause the cartilage that lines your joint to be damaged – whether it’s the rubbery pads that provide shock absorption (meniscus) or the smooth layer that coats the bones (articular cartilage). Injury to knee cartilage can be debilitating and lead to ongoing problems. Common conditions we treat:

  • meniscus tear
  • cartilage damage
  • arthritis

Groin strain

Your inner thigh muscles (adductors) can be overstretched due to kicking, twisting, running or jumping. For groin strains that do not respond to rest, ice, compression and elevation, we diagnose and treat the condition.

This can be done non-surgically with physiotherapy, shockwave therapy and injections to reduce inflammation and stimulate healing.

Some adductor muscle tears need to be surgically repaired with minimally invasive techniques.

Why Capital Orthopaedics

Capital Orthopaedics works within three central London locations: The Cromwell Hospital, Basinghall Clinic and 45 Queen Anne Street – offering state-of-the-art diagnostics equipment, dedicated physiotherapy centres and innovative surgical procedures.

Led by internationally renowned consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Simon Moyes, the Capital Orthopaedics sports medicine team includes expert surgeons, radiologists, nurses and physiotherapists.

Book an Appointment with an Orthopaedic Specialist

The Capital Orthopaedics team is made up of highly experienced medical professionals – from Mr Simon Moyes, the renowned orthopaedic consultant surgeon, to physicians, nurses, anaesthetists and physiotherapists.
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