Spring is here and thousands of runners of various skill levels will return to pounding the pavement. Unfortunately, a rather sizable subpopulation of these folks will find themselves in my office with Achilles and/or other heel injuries such as plantar fasciitis.
A recent study published this year showed that 4 out of 10 concussions are never reported by the athlete. When asked about the classic “bell ringer”, less than one out of seven are ever reported. With the recent push to educate players, coaches and parents about concussion the way we treat concussion has changed to protect the athlete from further injury. This doesn’t help if the athlete is reporting the injury.
In the blink of an eye, the NFL lost one of its most promising young players for the 2017 season. More importantly for Eagles supporters, in an instant, a franchise cornerstone, in the midst of a MVP-worthy campaign, had his year cut short from serious injury. Jarring news that seemed to dash all hopes for the team earning its elusive first Super Bowl victory, at the very least, for the foreseeable future.
Not all orthopaedic sports and spine injuries require surgery, and many can be treated with non-operative methods. While these treatments are less invasive than surgical procedures and require less preparation, it’s still important to be informed so you know what to expect. Most are performed in an outpatient setting, so recovery time and pain is minimal.
Athletes involved in sports, especially contact sports, are likely to experience an injury at some point in their athletic career. Even when they take precautions and wear protective gear, injuries can still occur. It’s particularly important to take a spine injury seriously because these injuries can have long-lasting, damaging effects.
When you’re dealing with a sports or spine injury, you want pain relief as soon as possible. That’s why it’s important to find a reputable doctor who will provide you with quality care and individualized attention. It’s crucial that you’re comfortable with your doctor and that you trust him or her with your health and quality of life.
When you’ve experienced a painful sports- or spine-related injury, you may be apprehensive about seeking treatment. However, treating this type of injury can be done safely with a minimal amount of pain. Non-operative treatment options, such as physical therapy, exercises, injections, bracing, medications, acupuncture and chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, have been proven to be very effective in helping patients with sports and spine injuries feel better and get on the road to recovery.
Athletes are susceptible to injury from the physical contact that they endure and even activities as simple as running and striking the ground. While some injuries are unavoidable, there are precautions that athletes can take to decrease the risk of injury.
Athletes constantly challenge their muscles by putting them through grueling training sessions and competitions. While staying in shape and performing well go hand in hand, overworking muscles can result in damage that can bench an athlete for the season.
If you exercise daily, it’s important to maintain muscle health in order to avoid tears and strains. Keeping your muscles healthy will also help you enhance your performance and allow you to gain more muscle strength.