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Sports Medicine

How to Treat a Knee Injury

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ACLOne of the most common injuries in sports that requires rotational knee movement — such as soccer, basketball, football, and tennis — is a torn ACL. ACL is an acronym for Anterior Cruciate Ligagment. This is the part that controls back and forth movements of the knee, prevents the tibia from sliding out, and gives rotational stability and support. Athletes who participate in sports where abrupt stopping and turning are involved, or in sports with a high level of contact, are most likely to experience ACL injuries. Those who participate in physical activities where stopping and making a sharp turn are not a significant component, such as in running and swimming, are at a much lower risk for a torn ACL.

Treatments for ACL injuries vary depending on the degree of the injury. An orthopedic doctor will first discuss the patient’s medical history and symptoms, and then examine both the injured and non-injured knees for comparison. An x-ray might be required to see if a broken bone is also correlated with the knee injury. Torn ACLs require surgery to heal, but for those who are elderly and/or sedentary, a nonsurgical approach to treatment may be more favorable. A physician will determine if a brace, physical therapy, or surgery will be needed to treat the ACL.

Brace

The doctor might suggest a brace for the knee, which will prevent knee instability and limit movement that might overextend the damaged knee.

Physical Therapy

After initial swelling, a doctor will prescribe certain exercises that will restore and strengthen the weakened and debilitated knee.

Surgery

If surgery is needed, an orthopedic surgeon will reconstruct the ligament with a tissue graft. A graft will allow for new ligament to grow. Regrowing a new ligament takes time, and so an athlete may not be able to return to physical activities for over six months.

Dr. Vincent Dalton, an orthopedic surgeon in Richmond VA, offers minimally invasive surgery — also known as arthroscopic surgery. This method involves the use of special equipment and a small camera, allowing for a much smaller incision. The smaller the incision, the less time spent in the hospital, a faster recovery, and a quicker return to athletics.

If you have a torn ACL or any other sports-related injuries, talk with your doctor to see what form of treatment is recommended.

Athletes & Spinal Injuries

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If you’re an athlete, than you are far more likely to experience a debilitating back injury in your lifetime than most people. Of those common back injuries, a herniated disc (or ruptured disc) is the most likely form that you will encounter. What exactly is a herniated disc, and how does it occur?

Herniated & Ruptured Discs

A herniated disc, also called a ruptured or slipped disc, is a disorder that involves the cushion like ‘discs’ in-between the vertebrae. The purpose of each one of these discs is simple, it serves as a cushion for each vertebrae – allowing for your spine to flexible. When one of these discs is herniated, it bulges (or ruptures) from its proper place and protrudes from the spine – pressing on any nearby nerves, causing a significant amount of pain.

A number of different things can cause a herniated disc. These causes include falling, physical accidents, repeatedly straining your back, suddenly straining your back by lifting or twisting in a violent fashion, aging (degeneration of a disc), and in general in specific injury can cause this. Common symptoms include the inability to straighten the back without severe pain, sudden or gradual aching and pain in the back, numbness or tingling in the arms, legs, or feet, muscle weakness, bladder problems, and the list continues.

As an athlete, the best way to prevent the rupture or herniation of a disc to maintain proper posture and technique while performing in a sport, and to make sure that you give your body and muscles ample time to warm it – this includes properly stretching, warming, and cooling exercises before and after each sports related event or activity. Of course, you can’t rule out the possibility of the injury – especially if the sport in question is a high-impact contact sport.

Treatment of Herniated Discs

There are many treatment options for herniated and ruptured discs, and the best option is really going to depend on the severity of the injury. Many times, proper rest and taking it easy can give your body what it needs to repair the damage. Other times, you will have to rely on the help from a spine surgeon for the best treatment.  We encourage you to research your options, weight the risks, and determine what the best solution for you and your specific injury is.  Although surgical procecures, such as microdiscectomy, for treating a herniated disc are minimally invasive, there are still associated risks with any surgical procedure.

How to Watch Sports Anywhere

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People have a lot of different hobbies and leisure activities. My favorite by far it’s watching sports. I’m into all kinds of different sports and watch them all throughout the year. This includes football, basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, baseball, boxing and even racing, I really do love them all. Well I do have cable TV, and often spend a lot of my time watching sporting events on the television, I often don’t have the channel for the game I want to watch. This can be really frustrating as a sports fan when the networks are choosing which games to show and guess that you want to watch one when you would really prefer another.

I looked into upgrading my cable package to get more TV stations and also did some research on satellite television to watch sports games. These options were expensive and I have to pay for a lot of different channels that I didn’t even care about. I’d almost no matter what I paid for I still wouldn’t be able to watch everything that I wanted to. I tried to see if those away I could catch any of the games I wanted to see on the Internet. I soon found www.firstrowtvsports.com A site that offered a simple toolbar that helps me watch live streaming football and basketball games online the first day I downloaded. After looking into it some more I was excited to see that I could watch almost any sport with their product.

One other thing that I had always struggled with was finding a place to watch highlights from all the different games that I couldn’t catch live at the time. I often had to wait for a SportsCenter top 10 show to see the action that I missed. But now I had all of these highlights right at my fingertips on my laptop. In addition, they have a really good news-feed where I can look up all the latest football and sports news and statistics so I can keep up with my fantasy football team and anything else I’m interested.

Best Sports for Senior Athletes

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It’s proven that living an active lifestyle and participating in regular exercise can help lead to a longer and higher quality of life. But as we age, it can be harder and harder to get the right kind of physical activity necessary to combat the risk of heart disease and diabetes. That’s why we have three sports ideas that you can start at any age. Make sure you check in with your doctor or seek advice from professional senior care services in your area before you begin any strenuous activity.

Tennis Player

  1. Tennis

No matter your age, tennis is a fun and competitive sport that has many benefits for those in their later years. It especially is beneficial for cardiovascular health because the average person can burn between 400 and 600 calories per singles match. No wonder all of the pros are in such great shape! If you are looking for a way to burn calories and keep your heart pumping, then tennis is your game. Tennis is proven to increase your individual stamina and coordination through intense interval training that the game of tennis naturally provides through the constant sprinting, stopping, and changing of direction.

 

  1. Golf

Golfing is one of the most popular sports for seniors age 50 and older for a reason. Not only is it fun and challenging, but it is also proven to increase overall flexibility of muscles and joints. This is due to a proper golf swing requiring a full range of motion alongside accuracy and strength. Even if you aren’t participating in golfing competitively, you can walk anywhere from four to eight miles just by casually walking through a regulation golf course. That is if you forego the golf cart of course.

  1. Swimming

Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise if you are looking to build strength while taking it easy on your body. Since swimming is a low impact sport, you can continue to enjoy the water for years to come. Although swimming may not appear strenuous, it is proven to improve individual cardiorespiratory systems while building muscle mass. With age it is increasingly more important to increase muscle mass to avoid injury. Lastly, one of the best benefits of taking up the sport of swimming is you will burn a lot of calories. Depending on your body type, after just an hour of swimming individuals can burn between 500-650 calories in an hour which is only about 11% fewer calories than if you ran for a complete hour.

 

These three sports will allow you to enjoy the benefits of physical activity without the burned that most sports can put on your body’s joints. Remember it’s never too late to get into the game!