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Sports Injuries - Risk Factors - Diagnosis - Symptoms - Treatment

Sports injury prevention, risk factors, causes, diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment. Although any body part can be injured, the term sports injury is usually reserved for injuries involving the muscles, bones, cartilage, and tissues. Traumatic sports injury, joint damage and years of repetitive pounding may increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis.
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  7. Ankle Pain / Injuries
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  9. Bone Pain / Injuries
  10. Elbow Pain / Injuries
  11. Finger Pain / Injuries
  12. Foot Pain / Injuries
  13. Guide to Osteoarthritis
  14. Hand Pain / Injuries
  15. Hand Pain / Injuries
  16. Jaw Pain / Injuries
  17. Joint Protection Techniques
  18. Knee Pain / Injuries
  19. Leg Pain / Injuries
  20. Muscle Pain / Injuries
  21. Neck Pain / Injuries
  22. Nerve Pain / Neuralgia
  23. Shoulder Pain / Injuries
  24. Spine Pain / Injuries
  25. Thumb Pain / Injuries
  26. Toe Pain / Injuries
  27. Wrist Pain / Injuries

Sports Injury Guide - The Common Types of Sports Injuries
Learn more about the common types of sports injuries.

Osteoarthritis - Do Athletes Develop Premature Osteoarthritis?
Is there a correlation between athletics and developing osteoarthritis?

What Is R.I.C.E.?
R.I.C.E. is often prescribed initially for acute injury. What is R.I.C.E.?

Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz
Osteoarthritis is also known as "wear-and-tear" arthritis. It is typically seen as a primary disease in older people but can occur as a secondary condition in younger people. Injury, occupation, excess weight, and genetics are among the factors which cause the cartilage of a joint to wear away. Take our Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz.

Sports injury - Is it common for arthritis to develop after trauma, ...
Repetitive trauma to the joints is almost a guarantee of problems, such as arthritis.

Anti-Inflammatory Treatment of Sports Injuries
The majority of sports injuries affect the musculoskeletal system (the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments). Injuries to these soft tissues are classified as either acute or chronic injuries.

A strain is when a muscle becomes overstretched and tears. This painful injury, also called a "pulled muscle," can be caused by an accident, improper use of a muscle, or overuse of a muscle.

A sprain is an injury to the ligaments around a joint. Ligaments are strong, flexible fibers that hold bones together. When a ligament is stretched too far or tears, the joint will become painful and swell.

Joint Dislocation
Joints are areas where two or more bones come together. If a sudden impact injures a joint, the bones that meet at that joint may become dislocated (not connected). It may be hard to tell a dislocated bone from a broken bone. Both are emergency situations.

Bruise mark treatment
Is there a way to reduce black-and-blue bruises caused by trauma to an area of the body?

A bruise is an area of skin discoloration. A bruise occurs when small blood vessels break and leak their contents into the soft tissue beneath the skin. There are three types of bruises: Subcutaneous(beneath the skin), Intramuscular (within the muscle) and Periosteal (bone bruise).

Muscle Pain
Muscle pain is most frequently related to tension, overuse, or muscle injury from exercise or physically demanding work. Muscle aches and pains are common and can involve more than one muscle at the same time. Muscle pain can also involve the soft tissues that surround muscle

Bone Bruise (Image)
A bone bruise results from compressive forces incurred during an injury. The damaged areaoccurs in the medullary portion of the bone and can be accompanied by bleeding and swelling. Bruises are often caused by falls, sports injuries, accidents, or blows received by other people or objects. Bruises can last from days to months, with the bone bruise being the most severe and painful.

What To Do In A Neck Emergency / Possible Neck Injury
No one wants an emergency neck injury, but being prepared for one can lessen the chances of permanent damage, as well as death. What to do - or not to do - after calling 911.

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury
An anterior cruciate ligament injury is extreme stretching or tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee. A tear may be partial or complete.

Lateral collateral ligament (LCL) injury of the knee
LCL injury is a stretch, partial tear, or complete tear of the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) of the knee. (The term "lateral" means the ligament is on the outside of the knee.)

Medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury of the knee
MCL injury is a stretch, partial tear, or complete tear of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) of the knee. (The term "medial" means the ligament is on the inside of the knee.)

Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury
A posterior cruciate ligament injury is described as a partial or complete tear, or stretching of the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) anywhere along the length of the ligament.

Compartment syndrome
Compartment syndrome involves the compression of nerves and blood vessels within an enclosed space, leading to impaired blood flow and nerve damage. Compartment syndrome is most common in the lower leg and forearm, although it can also occur in the hand, foot, thigh and upper arm.

Athlete's foot
Athlete's foot is an infection of the feet caused by fungus. The medical term is tinea pedis. Once you have athlete's foot, it may last for a short or long time and may come back after treatment, especially if you are not careful.

Crush injury
A crush injury occurs when a body part is subjected to a high degree of force or pressure, usually after being squeezed between two heavy or immobile objects.

Transverse Wrist Fracture - Colles Wrist Fracture
A transverse wrist fractures (colles fracture) is a break across the end of the main bone of the forearm (the radius) or both of the lower arm bones (the radius and ulna). The fracture results in a backward and outward position of the hand in relation to the forearm.

Broken Bone - Stress Fracture
If more pressure is put on a bone than it can stand, it will split or break. A break of any size is called a fracture. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open fracture (compound fracture). A stress fracture is a hairline crack in the bone that develops because of repeated or prolonged forces against the bone.

Whiplash is when the soft tissues of the neck are injured by a sudden jerking or "whipping" of the head. This type of motion strains the muscles and ligaments of the neck beyond their normal range of motion.

Tailbone Trauma - Coccyx injury
Tailbone trauma is an injury to the small bone at the lower tip of the spine. Actual fractures of the tailbone (coccyx) are infrequent. Tailbone trauma usually involves bruising of the bone or pulling of the ligaments. Backward falls onto a hard surface, such as a slippery floor or ice, are the most common cause of this injury.

Partial elbow dislocation - Radial head dislocation
A dislocation means the displacement of a body part (usually a joint) from its normal location. In a radial head dislocation, the forearm slips out of position at the elbow joint.

Facial trauma (Face and Upper Jaw)
Facial trauma is any injury of the face and upper jaw bone.

Smashed fingers
This injury involves direct trauma to one or more fingers.

Jaw - broken or dislocated
Dislocated jaws, fractured jaw and broken jaws are facial injuries that result in the jaw bone breaking or moving out of position.

Spinal - Neck injury
Your spinal cord contains the nerves that carry messages between your brain and body. The cord passes through your neck and back. A spinal cord injury is very serious because it can cause paralysis below the site of the injury.

Spinal cord trauma
Spinal cord trauma can be caused by any number of injuries to the spine that can result from motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries, industrial accidents, gunshot wounds, assault, and others. A seemingly minor injury can cause spinal cord trauma if the spine is weakened (such as from rheumatoid arthritis or osteoporosis).

Head injury
A head injury is any trauma that leads to injury of the scalp, skull, or brain. These injuries can range from a minor bump on the skull to a devastating brain injury. Head injury can be classified as either closed or penetrating. In a closed head injury, the head sustains a blunt force by striking against an object. A concussion is a type of closed head injury that involves the brain.

Human Bite Injury
Human bites are usually caused by one person biting another, although they may result from a situation in which one person comes into contact with another person's teeth. For example, one person's knuckles may come into contact with another person's teeth, and if the impact breaks the skin, the injury would be considered a bite.

Genital Injury
A genital injury is an injury to the genitals or perineum (area between the legs). Genital injuries can be very painful and can bleed heavily.

A concussion is a significant blow to the head that may result in unconsciousness.

Skull Fracture
A skull fracture is a fracture or break in the cranial (skull) bones.

Nose Fracture
A nose fracture is a break in the bone over the bridge of the nose.

Knee cap dislocation
A dislocated knee cap is when the triangular bone covering the knee (patella) moves or slides out of place. The displacement usually occurs toward the outside of the leg.

Meniscus tears
Meniscus tears describes a tear in the shock-absorbing cartilage (meniscus) of the knee.

Nursemaid's elbow (Pulled elbow)
Nursemaid's elbow is a partial dislocation of the elbow joint, making it difficult and painful to move the joint. Nursemaid's elbow is a common condition in young children and generally affects children under five. It can occur when someone pulls a child too hard by the hand or wrist.

Charley horse
A charley horse is the common name for a muscle spasm, particularly in the leg. Muscle spasms can occur in any muscle in the body. When a muscle is in spasm, it contracts involuntarily and does not relax.

Traction uses weights and pulleys to put tension on a displaced bone or joint, such as a dislocated hip, to realign the bone and immobilize it.

Broken Bones in Children
Fractures are an extremely common injury sustained by children; in fact it is probably the most common reason for a child to visit an orthopedic surgeon.

Scapular Fracture (Glenoid fractures)
A scapula fracture is an uncommon injury. The scapula, or shoulder blade, is a wide, flat bone that sits behind the rib cage. Glenoid fractures involve the cartilage surfaces of the shoulder joint. Patients with glenoid fractures are at risk of developing shoulder arthritis.

Is it a Fracture or a Break?
Fractures, broken bones--you can call it what you wish, it means the same thing--are among the most common orthopedic problems.

Wrist Fracture - What You Need To Know
Post-menopause, osteoporosis, and fall injuries may be associated with wrist fracture.

Radial Head Fracture
A radial head fracture is the most common broken elbow bone seen in adults. This type of injury is most commonly caused by a fall onto an outstretched hand.

Mallet Finger (Baseball Finger)
A mallet finger, also known as a "baseball finger," is an injury to one of the tendons that helps to straighten out your finger. Mallet fingers are also called "baseball fingers" because the can occur by jamming the finger tip with a baseball. Mallet fingers are also common in sports such as football and basketball.

Top Ankle Braces
Ankle braces can support, stabilize, and limit range-of-motion of the ankle joint.

Sports Injuries: Knee Arthritis
There are so many older athletes with arthritis in the knees, we want to make sure you get the message. If an athlete does not heal the cartilage, meniscus, ligament, or tendon injury when it occurs, he/she is just one more step closer to developing symptomatic arthritis, from Caring Medical & Rehabilitation Services .

Osteoarthritis High Among Retired Football Players
Retired elite British professional football (soccer) players are prone to osteoarthritis and ill health later in life, from Doctors Guide.

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