Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine

Sports Injuries Of The Musculoskeletal System

Sports injuries may be acute injuries, or they may be the result of overuse. Acute injuries are often the result of trauma, such as a fall or collision with another player. Common acute injuries include fractures, sprains, and strains. Sprains refer to a partial or complete tear of a ligament, while strains refer to a partial or complete tear of a muscle or tendon.

Overuse injuries in athletes occur over time. Athletes often have to repeat the same motions during play, and the body may not have time to recover in between. Overuse injuries are also common in patients whose jobs require repetitive motions. Common overuse injuries in athletes include ligament injuries and stress fractures.

Treatment Of Sports Injuries

Although orthopaedic surgeons are trained in surgical procedures of the musculoskeletal system, they also provide nonsurgical treatment options for athletes. Nonsurgical treatment may include medication and physical therapy.

If surgery is necessary, orthopaedic surgeons can perform many procedures without the need for a hospital stay. Advancements in surgical techniques have allowed for quicker recovery times for many sports medicine procedures, which allows post-surgery rehabilitation to begin more quickly.

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