Many participate in sports, whether it is hitting the gym after work or playing for fun in their backyard. Exercising while playing a sport is very beneficial to your health. However, sometimes injuries happen, no matter how hard we try to prevent them. The severity of an injury can range from minor to serious and may even require surgery to fully heal. Some causes of sports injuries include:
- Poor training practices
- Improper equipment function
- Poor technique
- Failure to warm up and stretch before activity
Strains and Sprains
Strains and sprains are the most common type of sports injury, and can happen in just about any type of physical activity. A sprain occurs when a ligament (band of connective tissue that attaches bones to other bones) tears or stretches too much. A sprain is most common in wrists, ankles, or knees. A strain is also known as a pulled muscle, and occurs when the fibers within a muscle or tendon stretch too far or tear.
A dislocation happens when a force pushes the bones in a joint out of alignment. High contact sports such as football or an activity such as excessive stretching or falling can cause dislocations. A dislocation will usually require medical treatment and are treated as an emergency. Although the dislocated bone may be able to be put back in place, the connective tissue surrounding the joint may have sustained damage. The most common joints that are dislocated are the fingers and hand, and the shoulder. Elbows, knees, and hips can be dislocated, but are a less common injury.
Fractures are also commonly known as a broken bone, and are a fairly common sports injury. Some fractures are significant and classified as emergencies, and may even require surgery to completely repair. A stress fracture occurs most of the time in the legs or feet from sports that cause repetitive impact, such a running or jumping.
MD Express is prepared to diagnose and treat sports related injuries and can help you find a group of trusted orthopedic providers if so needed. If you have sustained a sports related injury and need expert medical advice, please contact us at (757) 369-9446 or visit us at one of our six locations.