In an ideal world, we’d all take steps beforehand to prevent sports injuries from happening. Unfortunately, we’re not always that lucky. In fact, sports injuries are quite common, especially those that result from overuse.
At Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida, Dr. Edward R. Dupay, Jr., offers comprehensive sports medicine services. This specialized area focuses on treating and preventing sports-related injuries. Here are a few of the most common injuries Dr. Dupay sees at our practice in Fort Myers, Florida.
Sports injuries involving muscles, tendons, or ligaments are incredibly common. Tendons are the dense tissues that connect your muscle to bone, while ligaments attach one bone to another.
Injuries to these tissues can vary from mild to severe and can produce intense pain, weakness, and decreased mobility. They’re also very common, because just taking a wrong step can lead to these types of injuries.
Overuse injuries top the list of common problems for athletes. These issues occur when tissue becomes irritated or inflamed, often because of overuse or poor body mechanics. When this inflammation involves a tendon, it’s known as tendonitis.
Fasciitis involves the protective tissue covering many of your muscles and tendons. Many walkers and runners struggle with plantar fasciitis, which occurs when inflammation develops in the dense band of tissue holding your heel bone to your toes.
Joints form where bones come together. For example, your upper arm bone fits in the socket created by your shoulder blade and collar bone. These joint structures help give your skeleton mobility.
Unfortunately, this flexibility can also leave joints vulnerable to injury, like dislocation. When you experience a dislocation, your bone no longer sits where it should. This can occur almost anywhere in your body, including the shoulder, hip, knee, or ankle, and often causes visible deformity and limited joint movement.
A fracture may seem like it would be an obvious injury, but they don’t always occur because of a traumatic event. Instead, overuse injuries can develop, leading to hairline stress fractures that may not cause visible problems or symptoms.
Stress fractures are especially common in the feet and legs when you’re training for sports like long-distance running, basketball, and other activities with continuous, repetitive movements. In contact sports, athletes are more likely to fracture their hands, wrists, collarbones, or bones in the feet and ankle.
Treatments for sports-related injuries vary depending on the type and severity of the problem. Sometimes, self-care is all you need to resolve your symptoms. This approach usually involves the RICE method:
Depending on your sports injury, Dr. Dupay could also recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to increase your comfort. For more severe injuries, like dislocations and fractures, he may also recommend additional treatment, like arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery.
While all physical activities can increase your chances of injury, the most common injuries often develop from overuse. Because of that, Dr. Dupay recommends taking steps to reduce your risk of injury or reinjury in the future.
To learn more about sports medicine, contact our office by calling 239-768-2272 or requesting an appointment online today.