50 shades of dismay: Sex injuries are on the rise and this is the number one place couples hurt themselves
Top osteopath says the number of sex-related injuries has gone up 80 per cent in five years
'Adventurous' sex is to blame for a steep rise in the number of middle aged men injuring themselves in a fit of passion, experts have revealed.
And medics have warned that mishaps in the shower are the most common cause of sex-related wounds.
Now one of the country's top osteopaths said 80 per cent of non-sporting injuries he treats are sustained during during sex.
In the the space of just five years, Stephen Makinde - clinical director of the Perfect Balance clinic in London - says the number of bedroom-related injuries have quadrupled.
He 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 many patients are too ashamed to admit how they hurt themselves, meaning doctors cannot treat them properly.
Making love in the shower can be very hazardous, medics have warned (Image: Moment RF)
- Nuns shocked as sex-mad party girls leave VERY little to the imagination as they arrive at convent in Bad Habits, Holy Orders
"But in the last five years that's now increased to around 80 per cent. It's a significant jump, and quite surprising."
He said while most patients are men in their mid 50s, medics do treat a large number of women as well.
The 37-year-old said: "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."
Patients should tell their doctor how they injured themselves, experts have said (Image: E+)
In the past, he said, patients have lied and claimed they suffered their injuries while doing DIY or fishing.
The medic said "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.
"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."