Assessing Lorch From The Physio's Table
The Soccer Laduma Deep Heat team is dedicated to helping the fans stay on top of the latest injury news in football around the world. Our expert biokineticist, Russell Looms, from the EPT Recovery Centre in Stellenbosch, gives us his advice on the details of injuries that are sustained by some of the biggest names in local football and abroad, advises us exactly what the consequences are of a particular injury and how to deal with it.
On the injured list this week: Thembinkosi Lorch
Current club: Orlando Pirates
Injury: Shoulder injury
Soccer Laduma injury brief: Orlando Pirates attacking midfielder, Thembinkosi Lorch, suffered a shoulder injury at the end of April and opted to go under the knife. He was subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the 2016/17 Absa Premiership season.
Attending Physio: Russell Looms BHMS Hons (Biokinetics), EPT Recovery Centre
The Physio says: Most common shoulder injuries involve the muscles, ligaments, tendons and occasionally the bones. Common shoulder injuries can be separated into instability (dislocations), impingements and rotator cuff strains or tears (muscles on the shoulder blade). It is important to seek medical advice for inflammation in the shoulder because it could eventually lead to more serious injuries. Shoulder problems can develop slowly through overuse and repetitive, intense training programmes.
Recommended rehab exercise: Seek professional advice as to investigate what the injury is. Be careful of putting the arm in a sling and wearing it too long as well as performing too many movements with the arm above the shoulder.
Estimated time of recovery: Depending on what the injury is, it could range from 6 to 8 weeks. For more severe injuries it could take up to 12 weeks.
How to prevent this injury from recurring: A thorough warm-up before playing or exercising is important. Use Deep Heat to warm up and keep you moving forward. You can strengthen your shoulder muscles by using an elastic band. When doing exercises, keep the elbow up against the rib cage (body) or lower than 45 degrees away from the body. Shoulder stabilisation exercises and generally performing a seated row is advised.
Notable players who suffered this injury in the past:
• Sergio Ramos
• Juan Mata
• Ronwen Williams
• Abbubaker Mobara