There is never a good time to suffer an injury and in most cases they happen when we least expect it. Stretching on a regular basis and staying in shape are great methods for reducing your risks, but more times than not there is little that can be done to avoid an injury.
While we treat plenty of patients who aren’t physically active for injuries, the majority of the injuries that come into our office are sports-related. Below you’ll find some of the most common sports-related injuries we treat:
It seems the knee is one of the most at-risk parts of the body in terms of becoming injured. Yes the knee is constantly used and undergoes a lot of stress, but we also have to keep in mind that there are a lot of moving parts around the knee. It’s made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and tendons – all of which are at risk for injury.
Some of the most common knee injuries involve the ligaments – specifically an ACL tear. Ligaments are at risk any time the knee twists or undergoes too much stress. In addition to ACL tears, runner’s knee is another common ailment we treat in patients. Treatment for knee-related injuries vary and are dependent on the severity of the injury. ACL tears often require surgery, but a case like runner’s knee will likely only require rest. Our goal is to accurately diagnose such conditions and avoid surgery as much as possible.
Sprains and strains are also very common sports-related injuries. What is the difference between the two? A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament and a strain is a stretched or torn muscle or tendon. The most common sprains occur in the wrist and ankle while strains typically occur in the back, hamstring and groin muscles. Most of these injuries are caused by a sudden fall, twist or pull. Treatment for sprains and strains will include rest, ice and occasionally physical therapy.
Fractures and breaks of the bone are typically caused by falling. If you’re participating in sports, there is a very high probability of falling. Symptoms of a fracture or break may include bruising, swelling, pain, soreness, limited movement, and sometimes a disfigured limb. Treatment often includes wearing a cast for about six weeks.
Shoulder injuries are common in the world of sports, ranging from sprains, strains and even dislocation. Some sports, specifically those with an overhead motion, are more susceptible to causing shoulder injuries. These include baseball, tennis, swimming, and volleyball. Rest is a common treatment plan after a shoulder injury. We encourage patients to strengthen the shoulder muscles through weight training in an effort to prevent future injuries from occurring.
As the name suggests, tennis or golfer’s elbow is a common injury among tennis players and golfers. Also called elbow tendonitis, the condition often arises after performing the same motion over and over again. Rest is a must if you wish to recover and several exercises are recommended to strengthen the elbow. We occasionally ask patients to wear a brace as well.
If you believe you have suffered a sports-related injury and wish to have it checked out, please give us a call at 352-556-4823 and we’ll help schedule an appointment today.
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