Basketball Injuries: Best Treatment and Prevention Strategies

Basketball, a blend of intensity and finesse, is a sport that, when played carefully and correctly, can be enjoyed well into one’s later years. However, this dynamism comes with the inherent risk of injuries. With winter being the season for basketball leagues, particularly at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels, it's crucial to shed light on common basketball-related injuries seen at MidAmerica Orthopaedics. This blog will explore effective treatments and prevention strategies to keep players on the court and injury-free.

Common Injury #1: Sprained Ankles

Whether it's on the court or during a casual game, sprained ankles are a frequent sight in basketball. While some can be played through, timely intervention is often necessary. Prevention involves practicing proper landing techniques, wearing supportive shoes, and incorporating ankle-strengthening exercises into the workout routine. To treat a sprained ankle, the R.I.C.E method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) is effective in reducing swelling and pain. Seeking medical attention for severe sprains or difficulty bearing weight is advisable, and physical therapy may be prescribed for strength and range of motion. If you find yourself with a sprained ankle, our Foot and Ankle Clinic specialists are ready to help you regain full strength.

Common Injury #2: Knee Ligament Injuries

Basketball fans as well as players, especially in Chicago, know all-too-well how devastating knee injuries can be. Recent Chicago Bulls point guards – Derrick Rose and Lonzo Ball – have unfortunately experienced dramatic career arc shifts due to torn ACLs, MCLs, and meniscuses, requiring lengthy rehabilitation. Basketball's swift changes in direction, pivot motions, jumping, and cutting place is intense stress on the knees. Factors such as inadequate conditioning, muscle imbalances, and previous knee injuries increase risk of a knee ligament injury. Rehabilitation periods are improving, with athletes making full recoveries without loss of speed or strength. MidAmerica Orthopaedics' Total Joint Clinic and Sports Medicine Clinic specialize in the comprehensive care needed for these injuries.

Common Injury #3: Fractures and Dislocations

Fractures and dislocations, often in fingers, hands, and wrists are due to frequent ball contact, which is prevalent in basketball's high-contact environment. Severity varies, and immediate consultation with a doctor or orthopaedic specialist is crucial for a swift return to the court. Stress fractures, caused by overuse or repetitive stress, pose a risk to basketball players. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and tenderness, requiring proper treatment to avoid chronic pain and deformities.

In conclusion, whether you're a basketball player or have one in your network, understanding these injuries and their prevention and treatment strategies is vital. Reach out to MidAmerica Orthopaedics at (708) 237-7200 or visit our suburban Chicago locations in Mokena and Palos Hills for any concerns. Our Orthopaedic Immediate Care is open six days a week and available for acute orthopaedic injuries. Our Immediate Care provides direct-to-specialist care, ensuring you get the attention you need promptly. Stay in the game and on the court with MidAmerica Orthopaedics.

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