Exercise is an important part of life in order to get or stay healthy. For many people, sports is a fun way of burning extra calories, socializing and getting fit. Unfortunately, this also means the occasional sports injury, or a flare-up of an old injury or condition.
Almost everyone knows that exercise is good for the heart and lungs, and many people are such avid exercisers that they are of the mindset if they are going to have a health issue, they would rather it be orthopedic in nature than cardiac. However, you don’t have to be a professional or even amateur athlete to suffer a sports injury. In fact, many times those most susceptible to sports injury are people who have just started exercising or do it on a recreational level, your typical weekend warrior.
The most common sports injuries include:
A sprain occurs when the connective tissue that joins the end of one bone with another is stretched or torn. Those connective tissues are known as ligaments. Sprains are caused by trauma such as a fall or blow to the body that knocks a joint out of position. Ankles, knees and wrists are most vulnerable to sprains. However, back, neck, and shoulder sprains are very common too.
A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is pulled, torn or twisted. Strains are non-contact injuries, such as those that occur from overstretching. A common example of a strain is a muscle spasm. A back or neck strain is a very common injury treated in physical therapy.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the knee is the most commonly injured joint. Orthopedic surgeons see more than 5.5 million people annually for knee injuries, which can include runner’s knee (pain or tenderness close to the knee cap at the front side of the knee), tendinitis and iliotibial band syndrome (pain on the outer side of the knee). Severe knee injuries often include bone bruises or damage to the cartilage or ligaments.
Shin splints occur when there is pain along the large bone in the front of the lower leg, know as the tibia or shin bone. Shin splints most commonly occur in runners, expecially those who are just starting a running program. This is usually due to poor alignment of the body, or weakness in the leg muscles.
The good news is that Pinnacle Physical Therapy can treat man orthopedic and repetitive motion injuries without the need for invasive surgeries or addictive medications. In fact, most doctors have their patients try physical therapy first, before recommending any other procedures.
The licensed physical therapists at Pinnacle Physical Therapy can customize a program that recognizes the weaknesses of your particular musculoskeletal system, allowing you to recover quickly and stay active. Event, if you have an old injury, it is important to have it evaluated by our physical therapists to prevent long term damage such as arthritis to your joint. If you have a new or old sport or orthopedic injuries like tendinitis, arthritis, a stress fracture or low back pain, our therapists can design a treatment program to promote wellness and minimize the chance of re-injury.