An active lifestyle that includes exercise and sports can be good for your health. But subjecting your body to routine vigorous activity and repetitive motions can lead to injury. Stretching, warm-ups, and proper training practices can minimize the risks, but nothing can keep your musculoskeletal system absolutely safe from harm. Across the nation, orthopaedic surgeons treat thousands of sports-related injuries each year. Here are some of the most common types:
The human knee is a very intricate joint, and during sports activity, it is subjected to a wide variety of forces. Because of their complexity, knees are injured more often than any other joint in the human body. Knee injuries can result from impacts, twisting, jumping, or even simply excessive or improper running.
Achilles Tendon Injuries
The Achilles tendon connects the back of your heel to your calf muscle. When this tissue begins to degenerate or becomes inflamed from overuse (tendinitis), it becomes vulnerable to tearing or rupturing. Though they are common to practitioners of all sports, Achilles tendon injuries occur more frequently in sports that require dynamic changes of direction and speed, like football and basketball.
All over your body, membranes called fascia enclose groups of muscles, nerves, and blood vessels in compartments of tissue. Inflamed muscles may press on the veins, arteries, and nerves in their compartment, causing this very painful syndrome. Acute compartment syndrome can be caused by sudden trauma or blows to an area of the body, like football tackles, boxing punches, or falls. Chronic exertional compartment syndrome results from prolonged overuse of muscles, such as in long-distance running.
The doctors at MK Orthopaedics specialize in treating all types of sports injuries. If you need surgery and rehabilitation from a sports injury, call Joliet’s best orthopaedic surgeons today at (815) 741-6900.