Thursday, 21 of September of 2017

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NBA Players At Risk For Torn Meniscus & Other Sports Injuries

 

Photograph: Bob Pearson/EPA

Photograph: Bob Pearson/EPA

Hardly a month goes by without news about a sports-related injury sidelining a professional athlete. In April, Russell Westbrook, a star point guard with the Oklahoma Thunder collided with a player from the Houston Rockets during the NBA playoffs, resulting in a torn meniscus that required surgery.

The same month, Danilo Gallinari of the Denver Nuggets tore his ACL when he landed awkwardly after going for a layup shot in a game against the Dallas Mavericks. And Danny Granger of the Indiana Pacers has had ongoing problems with patellar tendinitis that finally resulted surgery on his left knee in April.

Knee injuries plague athletes in all sports, not just basketball. But the demands of basketball, including high and long jumps, as well as the need to accelerate, stop and turn abruptly – and the risk of collisions put players at high risk. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons reports that the knee joint, which is the largest joint in the body, is one of the most easily damaged. Injuries typically fall into three categories – the ligaments that connect the knee joint to the bones of the legs are torn; the meniscus, the tough, rubbery cartilage that cushions the knee joint is ripped; or the kneecap is damaged.

For the average person who sustains a knee injury, a period of rest from the activity, medication and an injection may be all that is needed to alleviate the pain and mend the damage. But for professional athletes, who often repeatedly injury the same party of the body and may not give themselves adequate time for rehabilitation, a more aggressive course of treatment and surgery may required.

While the knee’s design can make it vulnerable to injury, so can muscle weakness and lack of flexibility, reports the Mayo Clinic. A fitness regimen that strengths the leg and pelvic muscles around the kneecap, hips and pelvis can help keep the knee joint more stable and balanced.

For more information about knee pain and treatment options, visit www.kaganortho.com


Don’t Be a Weekend Warrior This Memorial Day

 

 

COPD_Home_Remedies_Slide_3This coming weekend, millions of Americans will celebrate Memorial Day with a weekend of social and recreational activities list. Whatever your plans are it’s important to remember not to overdo it physically and wind up with an injury.  A sedentary lifestyle with a burst of activity on Saturday, Sunday and holidays, falls into the category of weekend warrior.

Whether you’ll enjoy 18 holes of golf, an aggressive game of tennis with friends, showing the kids that you can still hold your own on the water skis, or tackling all the house and yard projects that you’ve put off for a while, a little common sense will prevent post-weekend musculoskeletal aches and pains – or worse.

According to the orthopedic experts at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, “people with sports injuries—led by boomers—are now the No. 2 group coming into the doctor’s office, behind those complaining of a cold.”

The most common weekend warrior injuries fall into the following categories: 

Ankle sprain: Accidentally turning the foot inward can stretch or tear the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. It’s a common sports injury but can also result from just stepping down off something incorrectly.

Shin splints: Runners frequently experience shin splints, which causes pain down the front of the lower legs. In extreme cases, it could actually be a stress fracture, a tiny break in the shinbone.

Hamstring strain: The hamstrings are the muscles in the back of the thigh. Running, playing soccer, doing aerobics and similar activities can overstretch these muscles.

Tennis elbow: Repetitive use of the arm and elbow can inflame and irritate the tendon in the elbow, causing tiny tears in the tissue.  Tennis and golf players frequently complain about this injury, but it can also be a problem for painters, gardeners and carpenters.

Knee injuries: Knee injuries usually fall into three categories: ACL tear, meniscus tear and kneecap injury. An ACL tear means the anterior cruciate ligament is torn, sometimes the result of a quick stop that strains the ligament. A meniscus tear means the cartilage that cushions the bones in the knee joint is torn, while a kneecap or patellofemoral syndrome is caused by a repetitive movement of the kneecap against the thigh bone or femur, which irritates and inflames the tissue. Running, volleyball, basketball and activities that involve a lot of squatting like weight lifting and gardening can put the knees at risk.

In most cases, sports injuries can be relieved with ice and over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, as well as taking a break or rest from the activity until it’s healed. Knee injuries can be more serious and may need to be evaluated by the doctor.

For more information about musculoskeletal injuries and treatment, visit http://www.kaganortho.com


Meniscus Tears

Meniscus tears are one of the most common knee injuries for athletes. For example, a meniscus tear ended the competition for basketball star Blake Griffin at recent the London Olympics. In March of this year, the New York Knick star point guard, Jeremy Lin, had surgery to repair a small chronic meniscus tear in his left knee. And last summer New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez tore the meniscus in his right knee.

What makes the meniscus so vulnerable to injury and what exactly is it? The knee has two wedge-shaped pieces of cartilage called the meniscus. The cartilage, which is a thick, rubbery tissue, functions like a shock absorber. It prevents the upper and lower leg bones from grinding against each other. It also helps keep the knee stable.

A sudden twist of the knee, an abrupt change of direction, stopping quickly or a blow to the knee (like in a football tackle) can tear the meniscus. So can lifting a heavy object, falling, or even stepping incorrectly off a curb. Meniscus tears can also be the result of degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis that cause the cartilage to be less flexible.

You can reduce your risk a meniscus tear by wearing proper footwear for the sports, remembering to warm up and stretch before the game, bracing your knee if you’ve had previous injuries, and strength training with exercises designed to keep your leg and knee muscles strong.

Minor tears may heal on their own, but more serious meniscus injuries will require arthroscopic surgery to repair the damage.

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