Sports Injuries

Sports injuries are not just for professional athletes. They can happen during a neighborhood basketball game, an impromptu volleyball match at your company picnic, or even when playing tag with your children on a sunny weekend.

Why Sports Injuries Occur
As people age, they lose some of the water in their joints, which makes the joints more susceptible to injury. Cartilage, ligaments, and tendons become less flexible, and muscle tissue can become injured when unconditioned muscles are stressed by intensive exertion.

The lower back is especially prone to injury because our bodies are not ideally suited for walking upright. Other common sites for sports injuries are the joints, including the shoulder, knee, ankle, and elbow.

How To Tell If An Injury Is Serious
It's not always easy for people who get hurt playing sports to tell a minor injury from a major one. In some cases, a minor injury may cause severe initial pain that then subsides, while a serious injury may begin with slight pain that grows more severe over time.

The problem might be serious if the injury is to your lower back or legs and you have considerable trouble walking, or if you injure your arms or shoulders and do not have full range of motion.

How Sports Injuries Are Treated
In order to diagnose and treat a sports injury, orthopedic surgeons use a procedure called arthroscopy. This procedure allows a surgeon to see and operate inside a joint using a pen-shaped instrument to which a tiny video camera and light source is attached.

The camera sends images from inside the joint to a monitor, and the surgeon examines the joint and/or operates while watching this monitor. The technique requires only tiny incisions in the skin over the joint and usually does not require an overnight hospital stay.

Some of the more common sports-related procedures we perform are rotator cuff repair in shoulders and ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) repair in knees.