Sports injuries are heart wrenching not only for players but also for millions of fans. In September last year, the NFL reported that just two weeks into the season, up to 234 players were injured. Injuries ranged minor to major and included concussions, neck injuries and knee injuries. Fortunately, pain management doctors in NY can provide effective treatment for such injuries. Pain centers utilize non-surgical protocols to treat early-stage injuries and also provide surgical solutions for more severe cases.
Upper and Lower Body Injuries among Football Players
With high-impact sport, it’s no surprise that football comes with relatively greater risk of musculoskeletal injuries. Tacking, blocking and other physical interactions often cause injury to both the upper and lower body. Besides joint and muscle overuse, movement of the arms above the head, sudden turns of the body and changes in direction make various joints like the shoulder and knee particularly susceptible to injury.
The upper body acute injuries include acromioclavicular (AC), sprains, shoulder dislocations, fractures, labral tears, and tendinitis. Injury to the AC joint in the shoulder is very common. This is the meeting point of the collar bone and the shoulder blade. Surrounded by a capsule, the AC joint is supported by ligaments. AC joint injury occurs when the shoulder is dealt a direct blow – due to a fall or collision with another player. It can also happen due to an upward force on the upper arm bone which affects the wrist.
Acute ankle sprains and strains, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries to the knee ligaments, and injury to the muscles and hamstrings, and stress factors in the foot are the common lower body injuries among football players. The ACL is a main ligament within the knee that connects the femur to the tibia. ACL injury is common among young players. Soft tissue damage occurs when turning or changing direction, or when too much pressure is put on the joint. Turf toe or sprain of the ligaments surrounding the toe is extremely painful and can take a long time to heal. If not allowed to heal completely, turf toe can result in chronic pain and even prevent the player’s ability to compete fully.
Rehabilitation and Pain Management
Most sports injuries can be effectively treated with non-surgical options in an established NYC healthcare center. The treatment program for football injuries would include physical therapy, rehabilitation, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs), injections, heat and ice application, radiofrequency radio ablation, TENS and Game Ready cold therapy system. Game Ready cold therapy is particularly effective for pain management and to promote proper alignment between the soft tissues, joints and ligaments around the injury point, which is critical for complete recovery.