If you feel pain after a fall, sporting accident, or sudden movement, it is recommended that you have yourself checked by an orthopedic specialist. This is important to assess if you have sustained injuries that have affected your joints, bones, and connective tissues.
Orthopedic doctors recommend that you don’t treat any orthopedic injuries on your own or wait them out as it might lead to permanent damage. Some of the most common injuries orthopedic and sports injury clinics attend to include:
Fracture is a prevalent risk, especially for those that engage in contact sports. Fractures have two primary classifications: simple and compound. The most common fractures in sports occur in the ankle, foot, wrist, collarbone, and hand.
A fractured bone can be extremely painful, and the area around the fracture often swells instantly. If you suspect you have a fracture, it is recommended that you seek medical attention right away.
Groin strains often occur when you change direction drastically while exercising. Groin strains can also be attributed to overstretching of the groin muscles. Some of the most common symptoms of groin strain include swelling, bruising, and muscle spasms.
Hamstring injuries often occur when exercising or running. The hamstrings can get injured when they are overworked or stretched too far. In some instances, the muscle can also tear.
Individuals with hamstring injuries can feel severe pain in the back of their thighs. Some people will also feel a “pop.” Hamstring injuries can also cause bruising or inflammation at the back of the thigh.
When the ankle is bent or twisted the wrong way, a sprain can occur. Ankle sprains can also happen if you wear improper footwear or get injured while playing sports. While a mild ankle sprain can get better with rest, severe cases will require orthopedic care.
About the author
Dr. Charles R. Kaelin received his medical degree from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, and completed his orthopaedic training at Orlando Regional Center in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Kaelin also received training in Sports Medicine at Alabama Sports Medicine with Dr. Lemak, specializing in sports medicine and workman’s compensation injuries. He has been a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) since 1990. He is a charter member of the International Cartilage Research Society, a Founding member of the AAOS Education Enhancement Fund (AAOS), and a past editorial board member for the American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Journal.
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