What are the Basketball-Related Orthopedic Injuries?

Playing sports keep a person healthy but this fact also cannot be denied that it is accompanied by injuries as well, especially professional players. Orthopedic injuries are common in sportspeople and the intensity of the sport decides the severity of the condition. One of the sports in which people experience orthopedic injuries is basketball and this is what we are going to discuss in this post.

Sports-related orthopedic injuries could be serious and sometimes, they might require surgical treatment. If the fracture is involved and the broken bones get displaced, the use of Orthopedic Bone Plates, Titanium Bone Screws, and other implants may be required.

Basketball-Related Orthopedic Injuries

Ankle Sprains

Playing basketball requires a lot of quick movements and that puts pressure on the ankle & foot, and sometimes, awkward movement of the foot is also noticed. This stress and collision between players might result in a sprained ankle. This condition in basketball players is common as quick foot movement can extend the ankle beyond its normal range of motion.

Ankle sprains can be treated by taking proper rest and prescribed medication for relieving pain & swelling. Only the most severe cases of sprained ankles require surgery.

Achilles Tendonitis

Another common injury seen in basketball players is Achilles Tendonitis and which is caused due to overuse of the Achilles tendon. This tendon is a band of tissues present at the back of the lower leg connecting calf muscles to the heel bone. Achilles tendon plays an important role while jumping, and in basketball, this physical movement is common. Thus, this tendon can easily get inflamed due to the repetitive motion of players. In this condition, the injured area becomes stiff, tender, and swollen while resulting in pain.

Again, most cases of Achilles tendonitis do not require surgery as medication and complete rest can heal this condition. The application of an ice pack is also a great way to reduce inflammation.

Plantar Fasciitis

If we talk about one of the most common heel pain causes, then plantar fasciitis is the one. When compared to other orthopedic injuries, plantar fasciitis is not known to cause much pain. But when ignored, pain could be intense. This condition arises due to stress on the plantar fascia, a ligament that connects the heel to the foot. While playing basketball, players require to move constantly and this puts stress on the ligament resulting in plantar fasciitis.

Addressing the condition and taking timely treatment for plantar fasciitis is a must as ignorance could lead to a serious problem. This condition can also be treated without any surgery. You can get plantar fasciitis inserts to help alleviate some of this pain.

ACL Tear

This is one of the most common knee injuries and basketball players are prone to it. The anterior cruciate ligament plays a key role in stabilizing the knee joint and ensuring proper movement of the knee. This ligament connects the femur, the thighbone to the tibia, the shinbone. This injury is common in almost all sports and basketball is no exception.

This condition occurs due to sudden direction changes or stops while moving and such types of activities are common in sports. Rest and rehabilitation exercises are the best treatment procedures involved during ACL tear.

It is always better to consult the doctor early in case of orthopedic injuries as delay could worsen the condition. Injuries that could be treated with a non-operative method may require surgery if delayed.

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