Sports Injuries

Anyone that exercises on a regular basis will experience a sports injury. These injuries can affect many areas of the body, resulting from overuse or impact with an object. There are times when a person might begin to suffer from chronic injuries, which tend to result from prolonged overuse of the same joints. These injuries can be very difficult to identify at times, which is why seeking physical therapy and rehab is often the best solution to these issues.
The following will provide an in-depth look at many common injuries that are related to sports and the best treatments available to you.
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Most Common Sports Injuries

There is a wide range of sports injuries that a person can suffer from, including:

Bruising – This can be due to a direct blow with an object and can sometimes lead to bleeding.

Cuts – These often occur when a person falls.

Ankle Sprain – A sprain when exercising can lead to swelling and pain.

Concussion – A concussion results from direct impact to the head and indicates mild brain injury that can be reversed. Dizziness and headaches are common symptoms.

Dental Issues – A hit to the jaw can damage teeth.

Knee Joint Issues – Pain and stiffness are two likely symptoms, while damage to cartilage and tendons can lead to further knee pain.

Dehydration– Too little fluids in your system can cause heat stroke.

Nose Injuries– Typically caused by impact to the nose that leads to bleeding or a broken nose

Take Immediate Action After an Injury, Dislodged Tooth or Nose Bleed

If you’ve suffered from an injury or sprain, make sure to stop whatever you’re doing and rest the area of impact for at least 1-2 days, while applying an ice pack to the area for around 15-20 minutes every two or so hours. Bandage the area and seek treatment as soon as possible. When a tooth has been dislodged, rinse the tooth and head to a dentist straight away. As for a nose bleed, lean your head forward and sit down. Hold both your nostrils shut and keep them like that for 10-15 minutes.

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

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Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

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Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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