Monday, July 29, 2013

Common Sport Injuries

During sports or physical activities, the most injured parts are usually the shoulders, hips, and knees. Among these injuries are the following:

Rotator Cuff Tears
A rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles that connects the arm and the shoulder. This injury can be caused by repetitive movements, a sudden or violent body motion shift, or the natural progression of aging. Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear includes pain on the affected shoulder, weakness during arm movement, and a crackling sensation in the area.

Labral Tears
The labrum is found in the shoulders and the hips. It forms a ring around the edge of the joints' bony socket. Symptoms of labral tears on the hips include pain and a catching feeling on the hip joint. Shoulder injury symptoms include pain accompanying even the simplest movements, loss of strength, and a locking feeling. Treatment for this kind of injury may include pain relievers and physical therapy.

Knee Injuries
The most common type of knee injury is the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear and the meniscal tear. When the ACL is injured, a popping sound is heard and the knee may feel like it's giving out. Treatment for ACL involves reconstructing the injured ligament with a tissue graft. Meniscal tears, on the other hand, may start with pain and stiffness or swelling on the knee. Some people are still able to move despite a tear in their meniscus. However, the knee becomes stiff and swollen after 2 to 3 days.


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