Fall sports season has arrived in Northern New Jersey, but all too often the roar of the crowd is accompanied by some not-so-welcome sounds – the collisions and groans from excruciating knee and shoulder injuries. Even a mild twist from running can send you to the doctor, just like over 10 million Americans each year.
Most serious knee injuries are caused by trauma (such as sports collisions, falls and auto accidents) and include:
- Fractures: any break or crack in the knee joint’s bones
- Dislocations: when leg bones become disconnected at the knee joint
- Tears: any rip in the knee’s complex network of connective tissues, such as ligaments, tendons and the meniscus.
In contrast, shoulder injuries often occur not from trauma, but from repetitive exercise and sports motions that cause inflammation, such as swimming and throwing. Tears can occur due to trauma, such as to the shoulder’s rotator cuff, the system of muscles and tendons that hold the shoulder together.
Fortunately, many problems are avoidable. Speak to an orthopedic physician before embarking on any sports or fitness program. Proper conditioning and strength training techniques from this doctor may help avoid many sport-related knee and shoulder problems.
Seek treatment immediately if you experience any of the following: a popping noise, your knee or shoulder giving out, severe pain, an immobilized knee or shoulder, a limp or swelling.
For more information, contact the Orthopedic Specialists at Montvale Health Sport & Spine, 305 West Grand Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645 or 550 Kinderkamack Road, Suite 203, Oradell, NJ 07649.
This information is for your general knowledge only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your healthcare provider regarding your medical questions and concerns.