Common Sports Injuries We Treat
Sports injuries can happen in an instant, but the repercussions of not having it treated properly can last a lifetime. Finding the right orthopedic specialist quickly can make the difference between a smooth return to normal activity or a delayed recovery. OIC’s Center for Sports Medicine provides state-of-the-art treatment for all types of sports injuries, such as these common ones:
Achilles Tendon Injury
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone. Common injuries to the Achilles tendon include overuse injuries, typically referred to as tendonitis.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the four major ligaments in the knee and provides stability. A common ACL injury is a tear.
An ankle sprain happens when an ankle ligament—which is the fibrous tissue that connects one bone to another—gets stretched or torn.
A fracture is a broken bone. Some fractures are caused by trauma, while others are caused by overuse.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome
The iliotibial band (IT band) is a tendon that runs down the length of the outer thigh, from the top of the pelvis to the shin bone. Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome is an overuse injury of this tendon.
A meniscus tear occurs in the rubbery knee cartilage that cushions the shinbone from the thigh bone. The meniscus can tear with forceful twisting or rotation of the knee and is a very common sports injury.
Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) is a joint condition that develops when a small portion of bone cracks, loosens and separates from the tissues that surround it, due to a lack of blood.
Patella Subluxation or Dislocation
The patella is the kneecap. When the kneecap slides out of position, it is called patella subluxation or dislocation.
The patella is the kneecap. The patellar tendon is located at the front of the thigh and extends your knee allowing your child to run or jump. When this tendon becomes inflamed, it is called patellar tendonitis. You might also hear it referred to as “jumper’s knee.”
Patella is a word for kneecap. The patellofemoral joint is where the patella and thigh bone meet at the front of the knee. When this joint is inflamed it is called patellofemoral syndrome. It is also known as runner’s knee.
The plantar fascia is a long, thin ligament that lies directly beneath the skin on the bottom of the foot.It connects the heel to the toes, and supports the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is when this ligament becomes irritated and inflamed.
Sever’s disease is a type of bone injury in the foot. It happens as the foot grows and causes swelling in the heel.
Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolysis is when there is a stress fracture of one or more spinal vertebrae. Spondylolisthesis is when a spinal vertebrae slips, usually near the bottom of the spine. Sometimes, spondylolysis happens first, then sometimes spondylolisthesis may happen later.