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The doctors at Inside Heath specialize in treating sports injuries. Above all, our focus is performance.
Whether you are a serious athlete, play sports at school, or you’re just a weekend warrior – you’re at risk for a sports injury.
What is a sports injury?
A sports injury can occur either by impact or overuse of the muscles and joints. Impact sports injuries usually occur in contact sports like football and hockey, while sports like tennis and golf tend to cause repetitive strain injuries. Even Yoga, for example, could give you a sports injury if you strain a muscle during your workout. Children are more susceptible to sports injuries, but they can affect you at any age.
Preventing a Sports Injury
Putting strain on muscles that have not warmed up opens the door to a sports injury. Always warm up and stretch before you start your exercise routine or your game. Warm muscles are more flexible. They can absorb quick movements such as bends and jerks, making injury less likely.
Common Sports Injuries
At Inside Health in Loveland CO, these are the most common sports injuries our doctors treat:
Sprains. An overstretched or torn ligament it’s called a sprain. A ligament is a short band of tough, flexible connective tissue which connects two bones or cartilages or holds together a joint. For example, an ankle sprain, which can also cause bone misalignments.
Strains. A strain is overstretching or tearing a muscle or a tendon. Tendons are thick, fibrous cords of tissue that connect bone to muscle. Strains are commonly mistaken for sprains.
Knee injuries. This could be any injury that impacts how the knee joint moves. Many aspiring college athletes have had their careers cut short by knee injuries. It could, for example, be caused by anything from an overstretch to a tear in the muscles or tissues in the knee.
Achilles tendon rupture. The Achilles tendon is a tough band of fibrous tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. While playing sports this tendon can break or rupture. If it does, you’ll feel sudden, severe pain and have difficulty walking.
Fractures. A broken bone can happen in any sport or exercise program. The contact sports are, of course, the most common, but people can break bones skateboarding or riding a bike!
Dislocations. Sometime an impact or severe strain can dislocate a bone in your body. When a bone has been forced out of its normal position, you’re likely to feel pain and see swelling around the area.
Rotator cuff injury. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, keeping the head of your upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder. Because of this, an injury to any one of these muscles can cause damage to the rotator cuff and cause pain in your shoulder.
If you have any of these conditions call and make an appointment to see our sport injury doctor. Click here to start today with our online assessment and save 50% off your first visit.