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Common Injuries

It’s not always easy to identify an injury and understand its severity. Being cautious and taking care of your body can help you prevent injuries. Understanding different kinds of injuries can also help you better recognize them if you sustain one. At Orthopaedic Solutions & Sports Medicine Center, we provide sports injury treatment and tend to traumatic injuries of all levels.

Traumatic injuries can occur to anyone at any time due to sports, accidents, slips, or high-impact activities. They require immediate medical attention and ongoing orthopaedic care.

Unlike traumatic injuries, most sports injuries result from overuse and repetitive trauma. These types of injuries can heal over time with ongoing orthopaedic treatment. But if left untreated, these injuries can cause complications.

Sports Injury Treatment in Dunn, NC
What are some common types of injuries we treat? Let’s take a look:
Dislocations

A joint is the area where two bones fit together with connective tissues, allowing for movement. When joints are forced out of their normal position, it can result in a dislocation. When a dislocation occurs, the joint can no longer function properly as it is out of alignment, causing severe pain, immobility, and swelling.

Finger and shoulder dislocations are most common, but elbow, knee, and hip dislocations can also occur. Athletes who participate in high-impact sports are highly susceptible to these types of dislocations. Even young children, who are prone to falling, can suffer from them.

The sooner you receive treatment, the sooner your orthopedic specialist can realign the affected joint. Patients will need plenty of rest afterwards.

Untreated dislocations can cause ligament, tendon, or muscle injury. Dr. Parikh performs arthroscopic surgery to examine severe joint injuries. If you’re suffering from joint problems as the result of a dislocation, arthroscopic treatment may be an option for you.

Dislocations

Joints are the connective tissues that form the space between two bones and allow for movement. When joints are forced out of their normal position, this can cause a dislocation. When a dislocation occurs, it causes the two surrounding bones to hit against each other, leading to severe pain, immobility, and swelling.

Finger and shoulder dislocations are most common, but elbow, knee, and hip dislocations can also occur. Athletes who participate in high-impact sports are highly susceptible to these types of dislocations. Even young children, who are prone to falling, can suffer from them.

The sooner you receive treatment, the sooner your orthopaedic specialist can realign the affected joint back in place. Patients will need plenty of rest afterwards.

Untreated dislocations can cause ligament sprains and muscle tearing. Dr. Palikh performs arthroscopic surgery (link to Services page) to examine severe joint injuries. If you’re suffering from joint problems as the result of a dislocation, arthroscopic treatment may be an option for you.

Fractures
Though strong and flexible, bones can break for all sorts of reasons. With age, bones can weaken, become brittle, or accumulate too much stress that they eventually break. Certain diseases can cause bones to thin out, making them more susceptible to fracturing. A sudden, strong, high-impact force on a bone can cause it to break, as well.

Bone fractures are traumatic injuries that require immediate medical attention. The arms, wrist, and ankle are some of the most commonly broken bones, but all bones are susceptible to breaking. Treatment varies and depends on the type of fracture sustained. Some broken bones can heal on their own with a cast or splint. Severe breaks may require surgery to realign the bones with metal pins, screws, or plates.

If you’ve recently broken a bone, it’s important to have an orthopaedic specialist examine the fracture. Dr. Parikh is an orthopaedic surgeon who performs surgeries in Dunn, NC. Even if you don’t require surgery, our team at Orthopaedic Solutions & Sports Medicine Center can help you recover and regain your mobility.

Strains
Along with bones, muscles play a key role in our mobility and strength. Though they’re not susceptible to breaking like bones, they can strain and tear anywhere in the body.

Muscle strains can be traumatic or result from repetitive activity, overexertion, poor flexibility, or bad posture. Activities like throwing, lifting, jumping, and rowing can cause strains. They can even occur from a fall or high-impact event.

A muscle strain can cause gradual pain and soreness, but in some cases the pain can have immediate onset. Depending on the severity of the strain, there is usually slight immobility, swelling, bruising, stiffness, and muscle spasms.

An orthopaedic specialist will recommend plenty of rest, elevation, and icing. Mild strains treated at home will normally subside in a few days to a couple of weeks. Serious tears that don’t subside over time, or cause numbness, bleeding, and total immobility, require immediate medical attention. If you’re coping with a painful muscle strain, give us a call at 910-891-4202.

Sprains
A sprain is a traumatic injury that occurs when a ligament (a durable and flexible band of tissue that connects two bones) overextends or tears. Sprains most commonly happen in the ankle but can also occur in the knee, foot, back, shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

Sports and activities that involve twisting and pivoting can cause sprains. Sprains often cause immediate pain after the injury. Bruising, swelling, and a popping sensation can accompany them, as well.

Resting, icing, and elevation are key to helping sprains heal. There will be some mild immobility in the area. If a sprain causes full immobility or radiating pain, seek medical attention. Sprains can take a long time to heal and have the potential to cause complications if left untreated. If you’ve recently suffered a sprain and you’re struggling to heal, contact us today.

Sports Injuries
Athletes endure high-impact forces that most people don’t experience on a regular day. This makes them more prone to injury, and there’s no shortage of injuries they face.

Many athletes experience overuse injuries as the result of repetitive trauma. When athletes are constantly moving and using their bodies, their muscles and joints can be overworked, leading to overuse injuries. Here are some examples of overuse sports injuries:

  • Tennis or pitcher’s elbow
  • Swimmer’s shoulder
  • Shin splints
  • Runner’s knee

Cramping and tingling are common sensations associated with overuse injuries. These injuries normally resolve on their own with rest and warm and cold compression therapy. Ongoing sports injury treatment and therapy can also prevent reinjury.

In cases of traumatic injury, orthopaedic treatment, physical therapy, and surgery may be necessary. Dr. Parikh and the OSSM team are leaders of sports medicine throughout Harnett County. They make it a priority to work closely with their athletes and help them recover and get back to playing.

Arthritis, Degenerative Diseases, & Other Types of Injuries
What are some additional types of injuries we typically treat at OSSM?

  • Meniscus & ACL tears
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Achilles tendon ruptures
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

Inflammatory or degenerative diseases can also affect the musculoskeletal system, leading to discomfort, pain, decreased mobility, and even injury. Arthritis, for example, causes joint inflammation, leading to pain, decreased mobility, and muscle weakness, which can make the joints more susceptible to injury. Osteoporosis can cause bones to become brittle and weak, making them more susceptible to fracture and injury.

At OSSM, our orthopedic services addresses these and many other conditions.

Orthopaedic Solutions & Sports Medicine Center

721 Tilghman Dr # 100 Dunn, NC 28334