If you’re an athlete, dancer or gymnast then you know hip and knee injuries, sprains, strains and broken bones welcome to the world of sports medicine. When your musculoskeletal system is not working properly, it can be debilitating and keep you from working, exercising and living an active lifestyle.
Sports Medicine Specialists focus on your overall fitness, the treatment and prevention of sports injuries and exercise injuries, as well as physical therapy.
5 Most Common Sports-Related Injuries
1. Sprains and Strains
These are by far, the most common sports-related injuries and can occur while performing a sport or any other normal activity. A sprain occurs when a ligament (tissue connecting bone to bone), stretches or tears. A strain is a pulled muscle or tendon.
2. Shin Splints
This pain can occur in the shin bone, ankle or foot where the shin bone meets the calf muscles. It most commonly occurs in runners, who either don’t warm up enough before a workout or have incorrect running technique or old running shoes without enough support.
3. Knee Injuries
On a yearly basis, over 5 million people visit the doctor for related knee injuries. These injuries typically involve bruising and damage to the knee cartilage and ligaments. The four major ligaments in the knee that are injured include the medial collateral ligament (MCL). the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), and the lateral collateral ligament (LCL).
A fracture is a broken bone. A stress fracture is when a bone gets repeated stress over time and can break. Small cracks in the bone, called an acute fracture, can also lead to a complete break.
When a particular force pushes a bone and a joint out of alignment, a dislocation occurs. Often dislocations can occur in contact sports such as football, or with an activity with a lot of stretching. The most frequent dislocations occur in fingers and hands, then the shoulder, and then the knees and hips and elbows. While the bone is usually able to be replaced pretty quickly, the surrounding tissue is usually severely damaged.
FIND A TOP10MD SPORTS MEDICINE SPECIALIST NEAR YOU
There are hundreds of Sports Medicine Specialists to choose from; however, not all doctors are created equal. Sports Medicine takes the knowledge and finesse of an experienced Sports Medicine Specialist. That’s why we’ve selected your city’s best Sports Medicine Specialists – to make the decision process easier for you and your family.
For your peace of mind, Top10MD Sports Medicine Specialists’ credentials are validated yearly to verify medical licenses have no serious patient care sanctions, current Board Certifications in their given medical specialty, current DEA & DPS licenses, and malpractice insurance. A Top10MD has at least 5+ years experience or has performed 300+ procedures in their given specialty and a current Patient Satisfaction Score of 8.5 or higher.