There is something about athletes and injuries which creates a problem for many competitors at all different levels of competition. We find both men and women as well as boys and girls who are competitive are typically naturally very resistant to coming into treatment or to even getting a check-up after a sports related injury.
Sports injuries are not uncommon nor are they confined to one particular type of sporting activity. While professional sports such as football often focus in on one category of sports injury, such as concussions, there are actually just as many joint and muscle related injuries.
In a recent article online, Men’s Fitness identified the following as the eight most common types of injuries in athletes at all levels. They include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Ankle sprain
- ACL strain
- Quad strain
- Hamstring pull
- Hip bursitis
- Lower back pain
- Elbow pain
In addition to these shin splints and knee injuries, especially patellofemoral syndrome, are also very commonly reported.
The most common issue facing athletes is their desire or idea to simply “play through the pain” and to ignore the signs of injury. Pain is a natural sensation produced by the body to let you know something is wrong. It can either be acute, which is short and intense or chronic, or chronic, which is long in duration and may seem to change constantly from a dull ache to severe pain.
When athletes, weekend warriors, or just occasional participants don’t seek a diagnosis from our sports specialists, they ignore the signals their body is sending. This can result in escalating the damage to muscles, joints and tendons and moving from an easily treatable condition to a chronic problem which may result in permanent damage to the body part.
Patients coming to us with sports injuries will be examined by our sports injury specialists. When the condition is a strain, sprain or soft tissue type of injury often rest, anti-inflammatories, ice, and physical rehab are all needed to correct the problem.
However, when athletes keep playing and working out and don’t come into until later, the recovery process end up taking much longer. This keeps the athlete out of the game for much longer than early diagnosis and treatment. It is also much more likely to result in the increased risk of damage to the same area again unless full recovery time and processes are followed.