Summer means heading to the golf course, going for an evening hike or bike ride, or having fun at the pool or beach to take advantage of the warmth and extended daylight hours we long for in the bleak winter months. However, while staying active and getting some sun is great for your health and well-being, summer sports and activities can bring with them any number of injuries.
Whether you are a professional athlete or play sports just for fun, the demands made on your feet and lower limbs can lead to a range of injuries, including blisters, sprained ankles, torn ligaments, shin splints (leg pain), knee pain, low back pain and other joint or muscle problems.
Here are just a few sports injuries Perimeter Orthopaedics has determined are quite common during these brief summer months.
Unless you’re a year-round swimmer, chances are if you commit to a swimming routine only in the summer, you can experience injuries. The most common orthopaedic swimming injuries have to do with overuse – particularly in the hips and shoulders. Rotator cuff in the shoulders and labral tears in the hips result from straining and repetitive use. Ensure you use proper form and are warmed up before doing laps.
Contact is another reason one can experience an acute orthopaedic injury. Swimmers may propel head first into another swimmer, cyclists can crash into the pavement, soccer and frisbee players can collide. When one makes an impact, fractures, sprains, tears and even concussions can occur.
The boys of summer come out to play every year, and not only on professional diamonds; in the United States alone more than three million children play organized baseball, and adult intramural baseball and softball is common from spring through fall. Overuse injuries resulting from throwing can occur and pitchers are most susceptible. Additionally, concussions and other serious impact injuries can occur on the field - as well as sprains and strains.
Golfer’s Elbow – the degeneration of the tendons that attach to the inner elbow; Pitcher’s Elbow – the result of excessive throwing motion; and Tennis Elbow, the most common racquet-related injury that occurs with the deterioration of tendons that attach muscle to the bone. In name, these injuries appear to be sports-related, but it doesn’t mean you need to be athletic to develop them – each is related somehow to tendon overuse and misuse. Meanwhile elbow fractures and dislocations are very common in the summer due to falls, accidents and other mishaps.
Do you have a dull ache in the shoulder joint? You may have a rotator cuff issue. The group of muscles, and tendons surrounding your shoulder joint comprise the rotator cuff, which is responsible for securing the upper arm bone within the shoulder’s socket. Repeated activity that involves an overhead motion may cause injury - and the possibility increases with age.
Dr. Paul Spiegl
With fellowship training and a board certification in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Spiegl is a highly qualified orthopedic surgeon and foot/ankle specialist. He was the first fellowship-trained foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon to practice in the state of Georgia. Over his career, he has gained a wealth of experience treating foot and ankle conditions ranging from relatively minor to extremely complex.
In his practice, Dr. Spiegl is renowned for his skills in treating complex problems involving fractures, arthritis, and congenital and acquired deformities. Each patient is treated with a multifaceted approach including medical management, physical therapy, orthobiologics, shockwave therapy, and functional medicine as well as both time tested and innovative surgical techniques.
Dr. Daniel Nicholson
Known for his expertise in arthroscopic and minimally invasive procedures of the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee, Dr. Nicholson is a licensed and board certified orthopedic surgeon.
He maintains a special interest in preventing and treating ACL injuries, and in cartilage restoration procedures. Dr. Nicholson previously served as an associate team physician for a number of high-profile sports organizations, including the Houston Rockets, Houston Astros, Houston Texans, Houston Dynamo and more.
In his practice, Dr. Nicholson is passionate about building a strong and personable relationship with his patients. By engaging with his patients holistically, he’s better equipped to optimize their surgical and nonsurgical outcomes and provide an overall improved quality of life.
Dr. Aashish Bharara
Licensed and board certified in interventional physical medicine and spine management, Dr. Bharara is known for his incredible care in spinal injections. With traditional and modern medicine, Dr. Bharara has treated his patients with the utmost care.
Over the course of his fellowship at the profound MarianJoy Hospital in Chicago, Dr. Bharara gained invaluable experience creating a very well-known and respected name for him-self in the orthopedic world. Renowned for his skills with chronic pain, Dr. Bharara can treat patients through minimally-invasive techniques that reduce pain levels, such as nerve blocks or injections.
Overall, high-quality orthopedic care is invaluable. It helps people, like you, reclaim their quality of life and get back to doing the things they love.
To schedule an appointment with one of our providers and discuss treatment options in person or via telehealth, please call our Atlanta or Woodstock office.
Atlanta: 5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Suite 825, Atlanta, GA 30342
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*For more information, continue reading on Common Sports Injuries here.
**Additional information gathered from Orthoinfo.com. Chart Data was compiled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission then aggregated by HealthGrove.