• Common Winter Sports Injuries

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    For many people, cold weather means the chance to participate in winter sports such as skiing, ice skating, sledding, and snowboarding. But while these sports are fun, you should be careful about potential injuries that can keep you homebound for the rest of the season. Here are some guidelines that can help you stay safe while you are having fun this winter:

    Fractures. Shoulder and lower leg fractures are an extremely common skiing hazard. Wearing the right protective gear—including gloves, padding, and a helmet—can help you cushion yourself in the event of a fall, but caution is equally important. Avoid slippery and dangerous-looking areas while skiing, and never start skiing if you are already tired.

    Sprains. Falling down while skiing or snowboarding can result in serious ankle sprains. In many cases, spraining your ankle can be more debilitating than breaking it, and the healing time may be longer. Skiers should also be aware of the risk of skier’s thumb , a thumb ligament tear that happens when you grasp your ski pole the wrong way after losing your balance. Learning the right way to hold your ski pole—and how to brace yourself properly during a fall—can reduce your risk of suffering this injury.

    Strains. Since most people only participate in winter sports for a small part of the year, it can be easy to jump right in without the proper preparation—which can raise your likelihood of straining a muscle. To lower your risk of strains, always take the time to warm up before playing, and be careful not to overexert yourself.

    Dislocations. Dislocated shoulders are one of the most common ski injuries. If you take a spill while skiing and reach out to break your fall, you can easily cause your arm to pop out of the shoulder socket. Falling while skiing can also cause a dislocated kneecap. This is generally not difficult to treat, but it can be extremely painful.

    If you have sustained an injury, it’s time to call MK Orthopaedics . Our orthopaedic doctors specialize in providing state-of-the-art treatments for a wide range of injuries, including both adult and pediatric fractures. To find out more about our services, call (815) 741-6900. 

  • Ankle Replacement Surgery and an Improved Quality of Life

    As with any joint replacement surgery, ankle joint replacement involves an extensive healing and rehabilitation process to ensure full mobility and recovery.  This video shows how one MK Orthopaedic patient went from excruciating pain that had him ‘crawling in the door’ after work to walking a 5k.  His story demonstrates how this procedure can be life transforming.   Patients that undergo ankle replacement will work with physical therapists for several weeks following surgery with bracing and padding for the first three weeks. Once healing has begun, patients will start weight bearing exercises with the new joint. From here, many patients start to return to a normal walking style after another month of working with a physical therapist.

    If you are struggling with chronic joint pain and considering your surgical treatment options, call MK Orthopaedics in Joliet at (815) 741-6900. We can help restore your joint health for a more active, pain-free lifestyle.

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