Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
Nearly every athlete sustains an injury at some point. Whether you’re training at the collegiate or professional level or a semi-regular neighborhood jogger, injuries can happen. Learning these injury prevention techniques is one of the best things you can do for yourself as an athlete. Also, having a an understanding of R.I.C.E. and its role in managing pain and swelling in strains and sprains can be very helpful for when you do get injured.
Learn more about sports injuries in this infographic from Mount Sinai, which is also shared below. If you experience one of these injuries–none of which are minor–see an urgent care provider or a Houston sports medicine physician as soon as possible. (For more detailed insights, joggers and runners can reference this post about when to see a Houston sports medicine doctor for a running injury.)
#1 Rotator Cuff Tear
The rotator cuff is a muscle group that connects the shoulder and arm. Repetitive motions (and age) can cause the tissues to tear. Symptoms include: pain at rest and at night, pain in lifting or lowering the arm, weakness in the arm when lifting or rotating, and having a crackling sensation in the arm when the shoulder goes into certain positions.
#2 ACL Tear
The anterior cruciate ligament is one of two ligaments inside the knee joint that keeps bones in place. Athletes in high impact sports like football, basketball and soccer tend to be more prone to injuring the ACL. Symptoms include a “popping” sound at the time of injury, knee pain and swelling, limited range of motion, tenderness along the joint line, and discomfort while walking.
#3 Meniscus Tear
The menisci are curved pieces of cartilage that stabilize the knee joint. The menisci may “pop” during an injury, causing pain, stiffness, swelling, instability, limited range of motion, and the sense that the knee is locked or “caught” in a position. While many people can still walk on a meniscus injury for a couple of days, treatment should be sought immediately. Learn more about the treatment of cartilage injuries.
#4 Labral Tear of Hip
The labrum is a piece of cartilage that surrounds the socket portion of the hip’s ball-and-socket joints. Injury to the labrum can cause hip pain or a “catching” sensation in the hip joint. Learn more about the hip replacement technology used at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics.
#5 Labral Tear of Shoulder
The labrum in the shoulder functions similarly to the labrum in the hip. Injury can cause pain (typically with overhead activities); catching, locking, popping and grinding sensations; instability in the shoulder; loss of strength; limited range of motion.
Learn more about injuries and treatments below. If you experience one of these injuries, see a sports medicine physician as soon as possible.
See a Houston Sports Medicine Doctor
To have a sports injury evaluated by a Houston sports medicine physician, call us at (713) 756-5546. You can also schedule your appointment online.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.