As Americans, many of us are very active. Participation in sports continues throughout the lifespan. Do you have a sports injury now, or if you were to incur one, would you know what to do? At Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Haymarket and Manassas, VA, our specialists are fellows in sport-related injuries of all kinds. They serve as local team physicians, too. Learn more here.
Preparation is key
Yes, sports injuries happen, but preparation is key to avoiding them. As high school team physicians in the Haymarket, VA, area, our doctors emphasize proper body conditioning, training, supervision, and protective equipment and footwear. Athletes--even those not involved in organized sports--must receive regular physical examinations with their primary care physicians. Then, before beginning any rigorous exercise routine or sport, they should condition their bodies to endure the rigors of activities such as tennis, running, football, martial arts, and more.
Still, injuries happen
The American Physical Therapy Association estimates 8.6 million sports- and exercise-related injuries happen annually in the US. Falls and overexertion account for most, but only a small percentage of those injured actually see a physician or make a trip to the hospital emergency room.
Get evaluated and treated
Pain, limited range of motion, limb weakness, swelling, tenderness, and redness. These are abnormal findings, and if you're experiencing them in an ankle, foot, arm, hand, shoulder, neck, hip, knee, or other area of the body, see your board-certified physician at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Haymarket or Manassas, VA. Our doctors will use the latest in diagnostic techniques and imaging to understand the nature of your injury and the reasons behind it.
Sports injury first aid and treatment
Our doctors encourage you to call the office immediately if you sustain an acute injury. They can inform you how to stabilize your condition.
In general, you should stop immediately whatever activity seems to be causing your pain and dysfunction. If you are biking, stay off your bike. If you are running, walk, or sit down. Do not try to shake off your injury, but rather, take it seriously.
Then, apply the PRICE protocol as outlined by Sports-Health:
- P means protect. Splint, use crutches, pad or do something else to prevent further injury.
- R means rest. In other words, get off your feet.
- I means ice the area.
- C means compression with an ACE bandage.
- E means elevation of the affected part above the level of the heart.
After you're stabilized, see our doctor for a full diagnostic work-up to include a hands-on examination and state of the art imaging. Then, the doctor will formulate a care plan to include physical therapy, medication (analgesics and/or anti-inflammatories), immobilization, or surgery as needed.
At Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists, we help active people prevent and recover from sports injuries of all kinds. If you need us, please contact the office team for a consultation in Manassas or Haymarket, VA, at (703) 369-9070.
Shoulder pain can be more than annoying. Downright debilitating at times, this common orthopedic complaint requires expert diagnosis and treatment. Here at North Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas and Haymarket, VA, your team of five board-certified surgeons uncover the reasons for shoulder discomfort and dysfunction. Read on to learn more!
The complexities of the shoulder
It facilitates everything from throwing a ball, to lifting a shopping bag, to styling your hair. Made up of an intricate system of bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles, your shoulder joint is incredibly strong and flexible. However, it is subject to a wide range of acute, overuse and age-related injuries, too.
These problems fall into four basic categories, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:
- Soft tissue tears, stretching, and inflammation
- Fractures (generally of the clavicle, shoulder blade, or upper arm)
- Arthritis and bursitis
- Joint instability (dislocation as an example)
Additionally, people talk a lot about rotator cuff issues. The rotator cuff is a collection of muscles and tendons which attach the upper arm to the shoulder blade. With the prevalence of today's active and sports-minded lifestyles, rotator cuff injuries are very common.
Your shoulder examination
If you're having shoulder pain, your physician at North Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas and Haymarket, VA, will do a complete examination right in-office. There, they will discuss your medical history, including any orthopaedic injuries. The doctor will evaluate your level of pain and range of motion, amongst other factors.
The physician also uses precise testing to pinpoint the reasons for your pain and to formulate the best treatment plan possible. Testing may include:
- Digital X-ray imaging
- CT scans of the bones
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the soft tissues of the shoulder
- Electrical testing (electromylogram) to look at nerve function
- Arthroscopy, a minor surgery which uses a tiny camera to image the interior of the shoulder joint
Because your shoulder is complex, treating it takes time and patience. While your doctor may recommend something as simple as changing your work or exercise routine, physical therapy and/or surgery may also be the proper route. However, rest assured that your orthopaedic physician will discuss your care plan with you, allowing you both to agree on the best course of action.
Find out more
Don't suffer from shoulder pain—get your life back now. Phone Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists at (703) 369-9070, today!
How the orthopaedic specialists in Manassas and Haymarket, VA, can help you feel better
Shin splints is an acutely uncomfortable condition that can impede you from going about your daily life. Fortunately, the doctors here at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists can help you feel better. With two convenient office locations in Manassas and Haymarket, VA, we can help you recover!
More about shin splints
Also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints cause pain along your tibia (i.e. the large bone in the front of your leg). Generally caused by overstressing your muscles, tendons, and bones, shin splints cause sharp pain, muscle soreness, and swelling along your lower leg.
If you have begun to run or jog for a longer period of time, or for a farther distance, you are at risk of developing shin splints. On that note, if you have increased your amount of exercise in general and are stressing your legs, shin splints are always a risk.
Fortunately, you can do a lot to prevent shin splints. According to the Mayo Clinic, remember to:
- Always wear the appropriate footwear for the activity you are participating in
- For running, switch out your shoes every 350 to 500 miles
- Wear arch supports if you have fallen arches
- Try lower impact sports like biking, walking, or swimming
- Increase your exercise intensity gradually, not suddenly
- Strengthen your legs with leg presses and other exercises
- Do leg stretches before exercising, running, or jogging
You can also get some relief from shin splints by applying ice packs on the problem areas for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, four to eight times each day. You can also try over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol or ibuprofen.
Need relief? Give us a call!
If shin splints are affecting your enjoyment of life, it’s time to seek out an expert. It’s time to call the doctors at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists, with offices in Manassas and Haymarket, VA. Dial (703) 369-9070 today and get relief from shin splints fast!
After a week of sitting at a desk, you may find that your weekend run in the park or tennis match against friends has taken more of a toll on your body than you thought—in fact, you may even be dealing with a sports injury! Read on to learn about some of the most common injuries, how to prevent them, and when it's necessary to come into one of Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists' offices in either Manassas or Haymarket, VA, for treatment!
More about Sports Injuries
Some of the most common sports injuries include,
- Strains and sprains
- Knee injuries (ACL tear or strain)
- Shin splints
- Shoulder injuries
- Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
- Pulled groin or hamstring
- Tennis elbow
Strains and sprains are often to blame for most sports-related injuries. Caused by ligaments that are overworked or overstretched, strained or sprained muscles can cause tears in the tissue if they are left untreated. While strains and sprains are usually a minor problem, if the symptoms aren’t properly managed or if the patient doesn’t take time to rest, the problem can become much worse.
How to Prevent Sports Injuries
The goal of our orthopaedic specialists in Manassas and Haymarket, VA, is to provide you with the care and advice you need to prevent injuries in the first place, no matter if you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior. Here are some tips to help reduce your risk for injury,
You would be surprised how many people become injured because they didn’t warm-up adequately or at all prior to physical activity. No matter how intense your workout, you should always dedicate 10-15 minutes for a gentle warm-up to get the blood pumping and to improve mobility and flexibility.
Don’t Overdo It
If you haven’t been working out for a while it doesn’t make sense to suddenly go from being inactive to running several miles—you have to work up to it. This includes any type of physical activity whether it be hiking or playing team sports. It’s important that you are working out the proper muscles regularly to ensure that they are ready for the duration or intensity of your activity.
Stop When You’re Fatigued
Does it feel like your muscles have given it just about all they can muster? If you said “yes” then it’s time to call it quits. Don’t try to push through the discomfort or fatigue because this is often when accidents happen. Know when to say enough is enough—trust us, your body will thank you.
Wear Appropriate Protective Gear
From your shoes and socks to your protective kneepads and helmets, it’s important that you are dressed appropriately for your chosen sport. This may involve consulting an employee at your local sporting goods shop or one of our orthopaedic specialists for advice on what protective gear is best for your activity.
Give us a call!
If you are dealing with a sports injury in Manassas or Haymarket, VA, it’s important that you have a doctor who can evaluate and treat your condition as soon as possible. Turn to the team at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists for help by dialing (703) 369-9070.
Find out why so many people are dealing with back pain and what we can do to help.
Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints that our Manassas, VA, orthopaedic specialists hear about from patients. In fact, lower back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide and one of the most common reasons people miss work. Are you currently dealing with lower back pain?
More about Lower Back Pain
If you are dealing with acute back pain, it is likely the result of a strained or sprained muscle or ligament in the back. No matter whether your lower back pain occurred suddenly or you’ve noticed it slowly developing over time, this could be a warning sign of a pulled or sprained muscle (or ligament).
This problem can occur as a result of heavy lifting, poor posture, sports injuries, or an accident such as a fall. While this problem isn’t necessarily serious, it can lead to severe or recurring pain that warrants seeing a doctor.
If you are dealing with chronic back pain (pain that has lasted more than three months) this could be a sign of,
- A herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Joint dysfunction
- Spinal stenosis
- Scoliosis or other spinal deformity
- Spinal fracture
Of course, sometimes conditions such as osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease may be present without any pain occurring.
Diagnosing Lower Back Pain
To create the most effective treatment plan possible, it’s important that our Manassas, VA, orthopaedic specialist determine the root cause of your back pain. Accordingly, a physical examination will be performed and we will go over your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms. From there, we will determine whether imaging tests such as X-rays or an MRI are necessary.
Treating Your Pain
When it comes to your treatment plan, chances are good that there will be a combination of lifestyle modifications and orthopaedic treatment options. Sometimes, self-care is all that’s needed to address minor issues such as a pulled muscle! Self-care measures include,
- Avoiding certain activities like heavy lifting, running, or certain chores
- Icing or applying heat
- Taking over-the-counter painkillers
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
In some instances, an orthopaedic specialist may recommend these treatment options,
- Steroid Injections
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic therapy or spinal manipulation
- Spinal traction
If non-surgical treatment options have failed and you’ve tried to get your symptoms under control for about one year, your doctor may recommend surgery.
Need Relief? Give Us a Call!
If you are living with back pain in Manassas or Haymarket, VA, then call North Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists today to get the relief you deserve! Our number is 703-369-9070.
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