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Common Basketball Hand and Wrist Injuries

He shoots, he scores! The crowd goes wild! In basketball, it’s all about being able to take your shot and, and make it. Between dribbling, shooting hoops, throwing, catching, and blocking passes, your hands and arms put in the work during basketball. So much of the arm movement in basketball is focused on the wrist and hands, and because of this it’s probably not surprising that hand and wrist injuries are extremely common on the basketball court.

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Common Basketball Knee Injuries

From shooting hoops with friends to dunking on the competition, basketball has cemented itself as one of the top American pastimes. But like most sports, injury can happen to even the best players on the team. Basketball requires a coordination of the entire body, and while not a contact sport like hockey or football, the intense physical demands of the sport and lack of protective gear open basketball players up to injury.

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Common Basketball Foot and Ankle Injuries

During a basketball game all eyes are on the ball, and whose hands are dribbling, passing or shooting it. It’s safe to say that not many pay attention to a player’s feet, until something bad happens. With two recent incidents of faulty Nike footwear taking down college basketball players at Duke and Indiana University, fans and players alike will be on the lookout for more foot and ankle related issues and injuries.

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Tips to Recover From a Shoulder Surgery

Shoulder Surgery Recovery

Surgery is the beginning of a long road to recovery. While the recovery process may seem daunting, if you’ve committed to treating an issue via surgery you’re already on the path. An orthopaedic shoulder injury can seriously impede your day to day life. An injured shoulder can severely limit your arm’s range of motion, and prevent you from being able to perform everyday tasks such as lifting heavy objects. Common shoulder injuries that may require surgical treatment include:

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Common Track & Field Injuries

While many may think of sports injuries primarily occurring in contact sports like football, the fact of the matter is that sports injuries can and do occur in any sport. Sports take a toll on the body, and the repeated movements in practice and competitions can cause wear on joints and muscles over time.

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What to Expect With Your Physical Therapy Appointment

Musculoskeletal injuries can be debilitating. An orthopaedic injury can severely limit your range of motion and movement. This makes day to day tasks and activities we normally take for granted, such as walking or reaching, nearly impossible. If you have experienced orthopaedic injuries such as arthritis, tendon tears, bone fractures or inflammation, it’s time to make a physical therapy appointment with an orthopaedic specialist.

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Herniated Discs (Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatment Options)


The spine is comprised of 23 vertebral discs. These discs are flexible and rubbery cushions that support the bones (or vertebrae) in the spine. Each disc is comprised of a thick and fibrous outer ring of cartilage called the “annulus fibrosus,” as well as a soft, inner gel-like substance, called the “nucleus pulposus.”

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Pre-Surgery Orthopaedic Patient Checklist

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If you have problems with your knees, elbows, back, wrist or other bones and joints, your orthopaedic specialist may suggest surgery for a musculoskeletal injury. While common bone and joint issues such as aches and pains or arthritis can often be treated by non surgical means, some conditions like severely worn down joints or torn rotator cuffs require surgery. Common orthopaedic surgeries include total joint replacement of the knee, hip, or shoulder, ligament repairs, and spine surgery.

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