Common Sports Injuries

Common Sports Injuries

Common Sports Injuries

Regular physical activity is crucial in staying healthy; however, playing sports may also put you at a higher risk for sports injuries.

Whether it’s an accident, improper training, or equipment issues, injuries can prevent you from participating in your favorite sports, but with prompt sports injury treatment, you can make a quick recovery and get back to the activities that you love. 

Some of the most common sports injuries include:

Joint Dislocations 

A dislocation occurs when the bones of a joint pop out of position. This may occur due to sudden trauma, such as a fall or because of weakened tendons and muscles within the joint. These types of events can cause a joint to become partially or completely dislocated.

Joint dislocation may cause pain, instability, and/ or immobility of the affected individual. In order to treat this common sports injury, your doctor will need to first pop the joint back into position. Afterward, they may recommend additional rest, pain medications, and/ or physical therapy to relieve your symptoms while helping you to prevent future dislocation. 

Sprains and Strains

Sprains and strains are among the most common sports injuries. A strain can occur when a muscle is overextended or is leading to a stretch or tear. A sprain occurs when a ligament located near joint stretches or tears. 

Strains may occur over time with repetitive motion or suddenly while lifting, running, jumping, or rapidly changing direction. Strains typically occur with a fall and/ or when part of the body is twisted, like the ankle. 

Sprains and strains can vary greatly. Depending on the severity, treatment may involve resting, icing, compressing, and elevating the affected area (RICE) along with pain medications, immobilization, and physical therapy. 

Achilles Tendon Injuries

The Achilles tendon links the heel bone to the muscles at the back of the calf. This tendon is especially vulnerable to injury in athletes, given that it supports your ability to walk and run.

Achilles tendinitis is a common injury among athletes as it’s an overuse injury that occurs when the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed and irritated. With Achilles tendinitis, you may experience pain around the heel and ankle along with stiffness and swelling-.

For more information about treating sports injuries, schedule an appointment at Family Medical Centers in Trinity and Port Richey today!