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Osteopath Stephen Makonde, clinical director of the Perfect Balance clinic in London’s Harley Street, said 8 0% of the “non-sporting” injuries he treats can be attributed to amorous activities.
He’s also experienced a real spike in such sexual mishaps, with incidents rising four-fold in the last five years.
Now he’s calling on the key demographic he treats – men in their mid 40s to 50s – to be aware of the dangers.
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“We’ve noticed a real increase in sex-related injuries”
Stephen Makonde – Osteopath
Mr Makinde, 37, said: “We’ve noticed a real increase in sex-related injuries.
“It used to be that injuries associated with sexual activity used to account for a small percentage of the non-sporting cases we treated – around 20 per cent. But in the last five years that’s now increased to around 80 per cent. It’s a significant jump, and quite surprising.
“Most patients are middle-aged males, roughly in their mid 50s, but we do see women who’ve experienced such injuries, too.
“And while the reasons for the spike aren’t immediately clear, it’s certainly something to be aware of if you do enjoy a healthy sex life.”
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He added: “When it comes to sex, we see everything from neck injuries to wrist fractures, ankle sprains and, of course, back problems. Hernias are common, too, close to where the adductor muscles of the pelvic region become strained.
“With the back, we see everything from facet joint locks – where the back spasms and locks in a particular position – to full-blown disc prolapses and sciatic pain.
“And the reasons for the rise in sexual injuries is intriguing. To me it’s also a positive, because it shows the patient-clinician relationship is working at a point where there’s real trust.
“It’s impossible to say whether there’s more of these sorts of injuries taking place. But I suspect that there’s a new willingness to admit the cause of the injury, rather than a patient simply lying and saying, ‘I did it doing DIY or fishing…’”
Sex injury patients are treated in the same way as sports injury patients, with Mr Makinde adding; “The injury has been sustained while involved in a vigorous activity, whether that’s on a cricket field or in a bedroom.
“And honesty can make the difference between someone being treated for two or three weeks, or being treated just once or twice to completely resolve a condition.
“Being armed with all the facts gives you an appreciation of the mechanical stresses the patient is putting on their bodies during those activities.
“It’s obviously a taboo area and people might find it hard being open about their private lives.
“But for us there’s no real difference between an ankle you’ve rolled over playing squash or an ankle you’ve rolled over in the bedroom.
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“It’s roughly the same, but just having an understanding of how you did it gives us a much better understanding of how to treat it and then rehab it properly.
“I’ve seen patients who haven’t been honest with their first, second, third or even fourth practitioner about how they’ve sustained their injury.
“The work of physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, acupuncturists and massage therapists fail because they don’t have the full story.
“It’s only when there’s a full appreciation of the situation that a remedy can be found. That’s the secret, particularly in complex cases.”