Getting Players Back on the Field after Suffering Sports Injuries

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.

Getting Players Back on the Field after Suffering Sports Injuries

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.

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How Joint Replacement Surgery Can Help You Get Your Life Back

Pain from arthritis and other joint disorders has been the bane of humans since history began, and up until recently, there wasn’t a great deal we could do about it. However, new techniques in joint replacement surgery have revolutionized the treatment of the shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles, giving patients a much better chance of leading an active life post-operation.

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What You Need to Know About Achilles Tendon Tear and Repair

Many of us play sports for years without ever suffering from anything worse than a muscle strain. However, there are many sports players out there, both amateur and professional, that have heard the dreaded “pop” that signals an Achilles tendon tear. When this happens, it’s nice to have access to a specialist who knows all about Achilles tendon tears and repair.

What You Need to Know About Achilles Tendon Tear and Repair

The Achilles tendon connects the heel bone to the calf muscle and plays a significant role in the movement of our feet. Unfortunately, when it comes to tears, there is never that much in the way of a warning, and therefore it can be hard to protect yourself against it.

Luckily, with developments in medical science and with advanced therapeutic techniques, recovery is usually much quicker than before.

Who is at Risk?

Pretty much anyone who plays high-energy sports such as basketball, tennis, soccer, and badminton. All these sports involve short bursts of energy and sudden changes in movement that put stress on the joints and muscles of the legs and feet. It is these sudden movements and high-impact jumps that can result in an Achilles tendon tear.

But it isn’t just athletes who are at risk. Trips and falls, as well as awkward landings, can cause problems in even the healthiest people. Even people who usually wear high-heels can be at risk of an Achilles tendon tear.

To avoid this sort of injury, we recommend wearing good, quality footwear when you exercise and slowly build the intensity of your workouts. This is especially true if you haven’t done any exercise for a while.

Options for Treatment

There are several methods of treatment available to those that have suffered from an Achilles tear.

The first thing that your doctor will consider is the severity of the tear. If you are only suffering from a partial tear, then you are unlikely to need surgery. However, if you suffer from a significant tear, then your treatment will be determined by the location of the tear and factors such as age and your general health.

For sports players, surgery alongside physiotherapy is recommended, as this allows for a quicker return to action. If all goes well with the treatment, then patients are usually able to resume training within six to eight weeks.

For less active individuals, surgery would be deemed less urgent, and treatment will be more conservative. Leg braces or boots would be used alongside regular monitoring. This is to ensure that the tendon heals correctly and that it doesn’t re-rupture during the initial treatment.

In all cases, it is important that a quick diagnosis is received to avoid any complications and disruption to your daily life.

Call the Experts

After your initial diagnosis, it is important to get the treatment that works best for you. Our specialists at Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence are on hand to give you the advice that you need and start you on the road to recovery as soon as possible. Give us a call on (719) 623-1050 today to book an appointment.

The Quick Guide to Total Hip Replacement

As we get older, wear and tear on the bones and joints can lead to discomfort and, in extreme cases, a limited quality of life. One condition that can be particularly troublesome is osteoarthritis, which can cause the cartilage at the end of the bones to wear away. In the hip, the effect of this can lead to the need for a total hip replacement later on in life.

The Quick Guide to Total Hip Replacement

This may be cause for alarm, but this form of surgery is extremely successful and can reduce pain while also improving mobility and quality of life as a result.

An Important Part of the Body

The hips play a major role in the healthy functioning of both the lower and upper body. They help to support the upper body while sitting or standing while also helping the free movement of the legs during exercise.

Due to this, the hips are likely to suffer from wear and tear over the course of a lifetime. This is normal, but if you have suffered from an injury, sports related problem, or a disease that affected the bones and joints, then you may be susceptible to arthritis, the leading culprit in patients that require hip replacement surgery.

Who Needs This Form of Surgery?

There is a common misconception that only older people have hip replacements, but anyone who suffers from arthritis or has problems as a result of a fracture may be eligible to have the surgery.

Arthritis usually comes on later on in life, but that is not guaranteed. As the disease or damage develops, the patient will find that their overall quality of life deteriorates. In the early stages, simple life adjustments and medication may be enough to control the symptoms. However, if the condition gets to a point where the pain is chronic and not relieved by more conservative treatments, then it might be time for surgery.

Typically, your doctor will consider surgery if you:

  • Suffer from severe pain and stiffness in your hip joints
  • Have mobility issues as a result of the pain and/or stiffness
  • Find your quality of life diminishing as a consequence of the pain
  • Can’t work or conduct everyday activities such as shopping

First Steps of Treatment

As we mentioned above, conservative treatment will be recommended initially. This can include medications and physical therapy. In many cases, this helps the patient substantially, especially when combined with lifestyle modifications and rest. Our physical therapists can be a good first point of call after your initial diagnosis.

Unfortunately, for some people, the non-surgical treatment may have little effect. In this case, the doctor will recommend hip surgery.

The Surgery

The good news is that this form of surgery is one of the most successful in the medical profession. If all goes well, you should be up and about within two to three months. At the very least, your pain should be significantly reduced.

The procedure is usually done under general anesthetic and takes about sixty to ninety minutes. During the operation, the surgeon will remove the damaged bone and cartilage and replace it with an artificial joint. Most of the materials used in this procedure last about fifteen years and should enable you to have a much greater range of movement.

Unfortunately, your days of marathons might be behind you, but you should be able to enjoy much better mobility and participate in numerous activities with the rest of the family.

Whatever the reason you are in pain, our specialists will be here to help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible.

When an Elbow Replacement is Needed

The elbow is one of the most important and used parts of the body. Getting a total elbow replacement is, for this reason, clearly not something to be taken lightly. However, for those experiencing excruciating pain or struggling to be able to move the arm properly due to certain conditions, it can be a necessity.

When an Elbow Replacement is Needed

This joint brings together the humerus, which is the bone that goes up the upper arm, and the two forearm bones, the ulna and the radius. Below are some explanations as to why certain issues cause the need for elbow replacement surgery, and more about the surgery itself as well.

Arthritis

There are actually many different types of arthritis that can cause pain in the joints which leads to the need for a replacement, but they all basically do the same thing when it comes to this and other joint pain. The cartilage that surrounds the elbow becomes damaged, and this is what leads to injury in different ways.

Degenerative joint disease, for instance, is when cartilage goes away, leading to bone on bone contact, which will cause many issues as the condition progresses. Rheumatoid arthritis is inflammation in the joints that can similarly harm the cartilage and make the pain unbearable.

Other Issues

Serious injuries, other age-related damage, and different, less common illnesses can also cause an elbow replacement to be needed. Fractures that occur in that area can, at times, lead to this surgery. Over time, instability in the bones and tendons of the arm can cause rubbing that leads to the terrible pain. It is important to tell a doctor as soon as these issues arise, as there are other solutions in many cases.

A doctor will be able to discuss and diagnose the pain and try out many different solutions before sending someone in for surgery. However, many prefer to get the replacement as opposed to having to live with other solutions like constant pain medication.

Surgery and Recovery

Overall, elbow replacement surgery is a very successful surgery that does exactly what is expected, especially if it is done by a well-trained, trusted surgeon. The surgery removes damaged joints and replaces them with a hinge, which acts as the joint, and stems, which fuse with the bones. This allows the new artificial joint to act very similarly to the old joints but without the pain.

It goes without saying that these three bones, the joint, and the nerves around them are highly used. Therefore, recovery after the surgery will take weeks, including a few days’ stay in the hospital after the surgery is complete. If there were no complications, the patient should be able to begin getting acquainted with the motion and use of the arm, which will take over a month.

Elbow replacement surgery, like the more common hip and knee surgeries, can be difficult due to the recovery time during which one’s arm is unusable. However, thanks to the high success rate, it is certainly worth it for those who experience intense, unbearable pain due to arthritis, damaged tendons, or similar issues.