The most common sports or trauma related injury is to the knee. One priority care facility in the Coastal Bend is responding and specializing in this orthopedic need.
The new South Texas Bone and Joint orthopedic office, that is located inside empathetical Physical Therapy facility in Portland, Texas, is aimed at making things easier for patients 14 years of age and older.
Sometimes the barrier to getting medical care is not knowing where to go. The new South Texas Bone and Joint walk-in clinic hopes to address that issue for orthopedic treatment.
"I feel like we can get to treating our patients quickly and efficiently here, and it doesn't take a long time to get them in," said South Texas Bone and Joint sports medicine specialist Dr. Scott Easley.
Many of the injuries that are becoming more common in children and teens are to the knee.
"There are about 3 million injuries in children in sports in the United States a year. It is a serious issue that we see affecting student athletes and young adults going up through adulthood to old age as well," said Dr. Easley.
While there are several types of treatments to help, such as physical therapy, surgery and medications, there are still no guarantees.
"You tend to develop more arthritis as you get older. It's a degenerative disease, and it continues to get worse. Ways we can slow that down or avoid that, are by exercising, especially quadriceps strengthening. Again, strengthening the muscles around the knee are going to help us decrease the amount of damage we do to the cartilage because we stabilize that joint more,"said Dr. Easley.
Most sports injuries are due to either trauma or overuse of muscles or joints.
"Anytime you notice that you are having any changes in the knee after an injury like swelling, difficulty bearing weight, instability, or your knee gives out on you. These are important times or important signs that tell us that maybe we should see a doctor to get this checked out,"said Dr. Easley.
South Texas Bone and Joint Priority Care Clinic:
114 Lang Rd. Portland, TX 78374
(361) 854-0811 ext. 231
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (8am - 5pm)
1402 E. Houston St. Beeville, TX 78102
(361) 854-0811 ext. 231
Wednesday (8:30am 4:30pm)
In the U.S., about 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports, and more than 3 million injuries each year.
The knee is complex and susceptible to many types of injuries-especially in athletes. The body's largest joint, the knee can receive fractures, sprains, tears, dislocations, and other injuries if athletes do not engage in proper form and technique or do not wear the correct equipment for their sport. Knowing what knee injuries you are at risk for in your sport of choice is an important part of protecting yourself.
The most common sports injuries are:
The most common sports injuries are strains and sprains. Sprains are injuries to ligaments, the tough bands connecting bones in a joint. Suddenly stretching ligaments past their limits deforms or tears them.
Strains are injuries to muscle fibers or tendons, which anchor muscles to bones. Strains are called "pulled muscles" for a reason: Over-stretching or overusing a muscle causes tears in the muscle fibers or tendons.
Think of ligaments and muscle-tendon units like springs. The tissue lengthens with stress and returns to its normal length - unless it is pulled too far out of its normal range.
Preventing sports injuries:
Many people are heading outdoors to ramp up their exercise programs. But before you or your young athlete start playing, it's important to learn how you can prevent sports-related injuries.
Call your doctor if you:
Treat injuries with RICE (rest, apply ice, wrap the area for compression and elevate the injured limb). If soreness or pain persists, seek medical care. Don't "play through the pain.
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