Summertime is a great time to get outside and get active. But with more people on the roads and in the mountains, there’s also a greater chance of getting injured, especially if you’re not ready for the activity you’re about to undertake. Below are some orthopedic injuries that one is likely to get during this time.
1- Shoulder Conditions/Injuries
The shoulder is susceptible to injury from overuse or trauma due to its design and anatomy. Injuries such as rotator cuff tears and impingement syndrome can occur when inflammation within the shoulder joint (rotator cuff tendinosis) or pain within the shoulder muscles (impingement syndrome). These conditions often occur when playing sports such as baseball, swimming, or tennis, where repetitive overhead motion is performed over time.
2- Knee Injuries
The most common knee injury is a sprained ligament — which happens when a joint is bent farther than its normal range of motion — but fractures and dislocations also occur in this area of the body during physical activity. If your knee hurts after an injury, rest it as much as possible until it heals completely, and see your doctor if it gets any worse.
3- Stress Fracture
This injury occurs when bones aren’t getting enough oxygenated blood because they’re overworked. There are many causes for this injury, including improper footwear or poor conditioning. The most common site for stress fractures is in the lower leg (called shin splints), but they can also occur in other locations such as the foot or pelvis.
Tendonitis occurs when tendons become inflamed due to repetitive movements like running or walking on hillsides with poor footing. This condition usually clears up after rest and ice application; however, your doctor may recommend physical therapy treatment options if symptoms do not improve within one week.
5- Wrist Injuries
Wrist injuries can happen when you fall or twist your wrist improperly while playing sports or working out. If this happens, it’s important not to move your wrist too much until it stops hurting because it could cause further damage. Your doctor may recommend wearing a brace or splint to prevent further injury until you heal completely.
6- Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow is an injury caused by the overuse of the tendon connecting the forearm muscles to the elbow, and it causes the area to become swollen and inflamed. This can result in pain on the outside of the elbow joint when you bend your wrist backward or make a fist with your hand. It’s usually caused by the repetitive use of tennis racquets or other sports such as golf and racquetball.
7- Sprained Ankles
An estimated one million people sprain their ankles every year in the United States alone. A sprain occurs when ligaments in your ankle are stretched beyond their normal range of motion, which causes them to tear slightly or partially away from their attachment points on bones (called tendons). This can result in pain, swelling, and bruising around your ankle joint and instability when walking on it — making it difficult to bear weight on it without pain — with movement causing increased pain.
This condition occurs when fluid builds up in one or more bursae (fluid-filled sacs near joints), which causes inflammation and pain. Bursae help reduce friction between muscles, tendons, and bones as we move our bodies. Bursitis can happen in any joint but is most common in the shoulder (subacromial bursitis) and elbow (lateral epicondylitis). The condition usually results from overuse or injury to a tendon or ligament surrounding the bursa.