You cannot keep a sportsperson away from injuries for long. This is because the level of physical activities they perform makes them highly prone to injuries. Not only this but collisions with fellow players and falls are also common while playing sports. Hence, they can get injured. The musculoskeletal system is injured the most in sportspeople and this is why athletes often face muscle, ligament, and bone injuries. Fractures could be severe in athletes and the treatment of which may require the use of Orthopedic Trauma Implants.
Here in this post, we will be discussing some of the sports injuries that a sports medicine specialist can treat. Undoubtedly, a sports medicine specialist is the best person to seek help.
Injuries a Sports Medicine Specialist can Treat
Sportspeople often experience fractures as a result of collisions with players or falls. The intensity of the impact decides the severity of the fracture. If a high-energy impact causes a fracture, it can be an open one and this requires an immediate visit to the hospital for surgery. Not only this but a closed fracture can also be severe where the bone breaks into multiple pieces. Mild fractures occurred due to low-impact injuries can be treated without surgery.
Sprains and Strains
Muscle and ligament tears are also commonly seen in athletes and the reason for this could be overstretching of the soft tissues as a result of awkward bending. When an athlete suddenly changes his/her direction or stops while running, strains and sprains could occur. Such an even puts a lot of sudden stress on muscles or ligaments, and hence, damage occurs. This is a painful condition and swelling may also be on the cards.
In most cases, the RICE method i.e., rest, ice, compression, and elevation can provide relief from strains and sprains. Surgery may be required in rare cases.
A sports medicine specialist can also treat dislocations. It is a condition when the entire bone slips out of its place. Dislocations also occur as a result of an impact on the joint. They can be fixed with closed reduction followed by the application of a cast or a splint for immobilization. In some cases where non-surgical methods fail to provide relief, surgery is recommended. Before deciding to do or not to do surgery, the doctor performs various radiological tests including x-rays, MRI, and/or CT scans.
The cases of knee injuries are reported the most by sports medicine specialists, and why not? The knee joint bears the most stress while playing sports and hence, it tends to get injured as well. Different types of injuries affect the knee joint:
ACL Tear – Anterior cruciate ligament which provides most of the stability to the knee joint can get damaged due to awkward twisting of the knee.
Meniscus Tear – Meniscus is rubbery thick cartilage in the knee joint that protects it from damage caused by impacts. When someone bearing weight twists his/her knee, a meniscus tear can occur. Rest and application of ice can improve the condition. The doctor may also suggest analgesics and NSAIDs to improve symptoms.
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