Sports play a central role in the lives of men and women across the United States. Whether you play on a pick-up team in your neighborhood or on a college or professional team, chances are one day you will get injured. Siatta B. Dunbar, DO, CAQSM, specializes in sports medicine. Call or book your appointment today.
The adult human body is made up of numerous complex, interconnected biological systems — including more than 200 bones and 600 skeletal muscles. It’s no wonder that when athletes play sports or exercise, accidents and injuries can and do happen.
The most common sports injuries are:
You’ve probably heard about the health risks related to living a sedentary lifestyle. Activity or exercise strengthens our bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles through a process called remodeling, which involves a continuous cycle of breaking down and building up of tissue. When this process becomes imbalanced and more tissue breakdown takes place than tissue buildup, an overuse injury occurs.
Overuse injuries do not happen suddenly as the result of an accident or trauma, but instead are subtle and happen over time due to repetitive stress to tissues without allowing healing time. Common overuse injuries are tendinitis, stress fractures, and shin splints. If left untreated, overuse injuries can turn into chronic conditions like tendinosis or chronic tendinopathy, where the tendon deteriorates and starts to grow irregularly, has disorganized fibers and then has a tendency to tear.
Sprains and strains are both painful and involve stretching and tearing, but they affect different parts of the body.
Sprains happen in ligaments, the tissues that connect two bones. A sprained ankle is one of the most common sports injuries.
Strains affect muscles or tendons, the tissues that connect muscles to bones. Common strains occur in the calf and hamstring, the muscle in the back of your thigh.
If you have experienced a sports injury, make an appointment with Dr. Dunbar right away. Her expertise in sports medicine and her patient-centered approach will get you on the path to recovery in no time. Book your appointment online or call today.