As an athlete, there is nothing worse than getting injured and having to take time away from the game you love. Sports injuries range from minor sprains to significant traumas such as broken bones, ligament tears, and concussions.
Unfortunately, no matter what precautions you take, injuries can happen. But luckily, developments in medical techniques have reduced recovery times and the issues involved with the rehabilitation.
Sprains and Strains
These are probably the most common types of sports injuries, and they can occur for a variety of reasons. The good news is that many strains can be avoided by following a strict warm-up protocol before starting any physical activity or sport.
However, there are times when you just get unlucky, and if a sprain or strain occurs, it is essential that you elevate the injured joint as soon as possible. This, combined with hot and cold compresses, will help to manage any swelling.
In the case of minor sprains, rest is usually the main line of treatment, while in the case of more severe sprains, a course of physical therapy might be required. No matter what kind of injury you have, it is important to get checked to rule out any other issues and to ensure you are given appropriate treatment.
Achilles Tendon Tear
The Achilles tendon is probably one of the most important tendons in the human body, connecting the muscles to the back of the lower leg bones. The dreaded “pop” that accompanies a tear is a common fear of sports players who run a lot, such as those in football, basketball, and soccer. This is because of the sudden changes in direction and movement, which cause imbalances in the leg and feet.
For active individuals, surgery is usually recommended to reattach the Achilles tendon, followed by a period of rest and rehabilitation. The great news is that most players can resume full activities within two or three months.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tears
For active sportspeople, ACL tears are one of the most feared injuries that can occur on the field and usually result in some considerable downtime. If you hear a pop followed by severe pain in the knee area, it is important to get checked out as soon as possible to avoid any further damage.
The course of treatment will be determined on an individual basis and depends on whether the ligament is completely or partially torn. The good news for some people is that surgery might not be required, especially if there is no major trauma to the surrounding bones, muscles, and tendons.
Once your surgeon has thoroughly checked the damage to the knee area, they will suggest a personalized course of treatment, which can involve surgery, physical therapy, and other forms of rehabilitation.
Whatever damage you have sustained, your doctor will be on hand to get you up and running as soon as possible.
Rotator Cuff Tear
For baseball pitchers, quarterbacks, and wrestlers, a rotator cuff injury can be severely painful and can involve a lot of time on the sidelines. A rotator cuff is a group of four muscles located in the shoulder joint that enable the arm to have a full range of movement.
A tear can occur over time as a result of age and repetitive movements or can happen suddenly as the result of severe trauma. Either way, the movement of the shoulder joint will be impaired to some extent and, in the case of a severe tear, very painful.
Luckily, surgical procedures have become less invasive, which has resulted in much higher success rates and the patients being able to get back on the playing field much more quickly than in the past.
However, no matter the severity of the tear, you will need rest and, possibly, physical therapy to aid your rehabilitation. Your doctor will give you all the information you need regarding treatment and recovery times during your diagnosis.
Get Back to Your Best as Quickly as Possible
Sports Injuries can cause a lot of pain and trauma, especially for players who live to play their chosen sport. Our team of sports medicine experts is here to help you through your rehabilitation and get you back on the field as soon as possible.