Looking for a Sports Medicine Expert Near Lower East Side, NY?

Brandon J. Erickson, MD January 29th, 2019

Injured New York Athletes: Good News! Sports Medicine Care Is Available

Are you the parent of an athlete, or an athlete yourself? Did you collide with a teammate on the field or twist an ankle while running? Or are you suddenly in pain after practice and don’t know why?

While sports injuries are common, this doesn’t make dealing with them any less difficult. Typically those who must rest after an injury are disappointed to have to stop playing their sport. Perhaps, at this moment, you want the fastest treatment available from the first doctor that comes to mind. Nevertheless, the orthopaedic team at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute recommends putting quality first when it comes to receiving treatment and getting back to competing. Now, New York City athletes can receive top-quality care from a Sports Medicine expert near the Lower East Side!

Five Common Sports Injuries

With sports injuries, there are typically two categories they can fall under: acute or overuse injuries. Acute injuries result from a sudden, traumatic incident, such as a collision. Some sprains, strains, bruises, and fractures are considered acute injuries, given they occur at the instance of trauma. Overuse injuries manifest over time. They can impact muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones. In particular, stress fractures form when bones are weakened due to increased and repetitive pressure.

Below are five common sports injuries and general information about how they impact patients. It is indicated which category (acute or overuse) each injury typically falls under.

  1. Runner’s knee (overuse)
    Also known as iliotibial band friction syndrome, this condition occurs when the iliotibial band rubs across the outside part of the knee. This friction causes pain and inflammation when the knee joint is not aligned properly or the hips have been weakened. Most patients with runner’s knee respond well to conservative treatments, particularly physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the area.

  2. Shoulder dislocation (acute)
    The shoulder dislocates when the tip of the arm bone (humerus) loses contact, either partially or completely, with the socket of the shoulder (scapula). Shoulder dislocation commonly occur in sports during a collision between two athletes or a bad fall on the shoulder.

  3. Ankle sprain (either overuse or acute)
    Ligaments are fibrous tissues that connect bones and stabilize the joint. An ankle sprain forms when one or multiple ligaments stretch beyond their limits and, in more severe cases, tear partially or completely. Without treatment, this injury can cause ankle instability overtime and possible damage the bones and cartilage of the ankle joint.

  4. Tennis elbow (overuse)
    Medically referred to as lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles outside of the elbow. This muscle group, called the wrist extensors, functions to stabilize the wrist while gripping an object, such as a bat, racquet, or club. Continuously hitting the ball in tennis or another racquet may lead some players to develop tennis elbow over time.

  5. Sciatica (overuse)
    Sciatica describes a group of symptoms (pain, numbness, tingling, burning) that travels from the lower back down the backs of the thighs and legs. The most common cause of these symptoms is a protruding (herniated) disc that is pressing on the nerve roots of the lumbar spine. Disc herniation can occur over time, from general wear-and-tear, or from a sudden injury.

Where to Find a Sports Medicine Expert Near the Lower East Side

At Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, we focus on two main objectives: improving our patients’ lives and making sure they are satisfied with our service and care. Our doctors have found, particularly in the case of athletic injuries, the most thorough approach yields the best results. That is why our Sports Medicine doctors utilize advanced diagnostic techniques, consider the comprehensive health of each patient, and consult with other astute medical professionals in certain cases before suggesting an individualized treatment plan.

We not only want our patients to recover from their injuries and be healthy enough to go back to their sports; we want them to stay healthy for as long as possible. These goals are the reasons Rothman Orthopaedic Institute has a high success rate and stands as a world leader in orthopaedics.

To schedule an appointment with a Sports Medicine expert near the Lower East Side, or for more information about sports injuries in general, please visit us here or contact us at 1-800-321-9999.

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