When you participate in sports and physical fitness activities, you can injure the soft tissues of your body. Even simple everyday activities can damage these ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Nonsurgical treatment plans include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and other oral medications, bracing and physical therapy.
The joints of your body are supported by ligaments, which are strong bands of connective tissue that connect one bone to another. A sprain is a simple stretch or tear of the ligament. Most mild sprains heal with “R.I.C.E.” (rest, ice, compression and elevations) and exercise. The most severe sprains may require surgery to repair torn ligaments.
Your bones are supported by a combination of muscles and tendons. Tendons connect muscles to bones. A strain is the result of an injury to either a muscle or tendon. The recommended treatment for a strain is the same as for a sprain using the “R.I.C.E.” method. For a more serious tear, the soft tissues may need to be repaired surgically.
Meniscal tears are among the most common knee injuries. Athletes, particularly those who play contact sports, are at risk for meniscal tears. However, anyone at any age can tear their meniscus. Older people are more likely to have degenerative meniscal tears. Cartilage weakens and wears thin over time. Aged, worn tissue is more prone to tears.
Another common knee injury is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprain or tear. Athletes who participate in high demand sports like soccer, football and basketball are more likely to injure their ACL. Immediately after the injury, patients usually experience pain and swelling, and the knee feels unstable. If you have injured your ACL, you may require surgery to regain full function of your knee.
For more information, please contact:
Joint Replacement Coordinator
Vista Medical Center East
1324 N. Sheridan Road
Waukegan, IL 60085