6 Common Sports Injuries

Playing sports puts you at risk of injury, especially if you are a weekend warrior, overtrain, or fail to wear the right equipment. Even if you’re super careful, injuries can happen due to uneven terrain, a genetic weakness, a hard fall, or an unlucky pivot. 

If you do suffer a sports injury, it’s very likely to be one of these six common ones. The team at Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care is available to help you heal and prevent future setbacks.

Groin pull

A groin pull or strain happens when you overstretch or tear the muscles of the inner thigh and groin. If you play a sport that includes a lot of running and jumping, especially while changing direction, you’re at significant risk. Soccer, hockey, and football players are most affected. 

This injury usually heals on its own, but needs rest to do so. The team at Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care can assess your groin pull and prescribe the appropriate time you’ll need to heal. 

Alleviate symptoms by using an elastic bandage or tape, icing the inner thigh, and taking anti-inflammatory painkillers. You may also benefit from active stretching and strengthening exercises; we can show you how to do these. 

Hamstring injury

Hamstring strains, or pulls, usually occur if you overstretch any one of the three muscles at the back of your thigh. Basketball, soccer, and football players are at a lot of risk as are anyone who plays a sport that involves sprinting with sudden stops or directional changes. 

A mild pull usually resolves with rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medications. If you have persistent swelling and pain that just won’t resolve, come to our office for an evaluation. 

Shin splints

Shin splints are nagging, sharp pains at the front of your lower leg. Known as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints are a result of excess stress on your shin bones and the associated connective tissue.  

Having genetically flat feet, poor footwear choices, overworn shoes, failure to warm up, and weak ankles, hips, and core can make you vulnerable to developing shin splints.

Rapidly increasing the volume or intensity of your workout also can cause shin splints. 

Shin splints can heal on their own with rest, but icing and anti-inflammatory painkillers can help. You may also benefit from orthotic inserts. We can help with getting you customized ones that are made for your particular foot issues.

The team at Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care can also recommend the best types of shoes for your chosen sport and your gait. 

Knee injuries

The knee is a complicated joint and a lot can go wrong. Common injuries to the knee include anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, and patellofemoral syndrome.

Your ACL connects the thigh bone to the shin bone.This injury frequently happens when you stop suddenly or change direction while landing. Skiers and those who play basketball, soccer, and football are most vulnerable. 

An ACL injury can be quite painful, though mild sprains or tears may heal with just rest and rehabilitation exercises. More severe cases may require surgery. 

Patellofemoral syndrome occurs when you repeatedly move your knee. Sports that require a lot of running and jumping put you at risk of this condition that can make it painful to go up and down stairs or squat. Rest, ice, and physical therapy usually help resolve the pain. 

Tennis elbow

Epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, is caused by repetitive movement of the elbow. Usually the pain occurs on the outside of your arm, where your forearm meets your elbow.

Tennis elbow pain is due to small tears that form in the muscles and tendons at the joint. This leads to inflammation and pain. You may find it’s painful to lift and grip things. 

Without treatment, the pain will persist. Rest, over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, corticosteroid injections, and bracing will help you find relief. 

If you suffer a sports injury, don’t hesitate to contact Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care. We help people in the Plano and Addison, Texas areas resolve pain, heal, and get back to doing the sports they love. Call for an appointment or use the online tool to book. 

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