Common Injuries Sustained in Winter Sports
After witnessing U.S. luger Emily Sweeney’s crash Tuesday at the 2018 U.S. Winter Olympic Games, it was determined that although she appears to have no broken bones she is still going to undergo an X-ray to be sure. With this, articles are beginning to surface discussing how there is definitely a certain degree of danger and risk that comes with winter sports that don’t necessarily present itself during the summer games.
(Photos courtesy of USA Today Sports)
In the winter months, we frequently see athletes or members of the active population that participate in these sports and the injuries can range from a sprained ankle, all the way to a broken back.
Here are some of the most common sports injuries that we see sustained in these sports, and how to possibly prevent them from moving forward.
Hockey & Ice Skating
Herniated discs or strain on the SI joint in lower back from falling hard on the ice
ACL/MCL tears from sudden stops add twisting when skating
AC joint shoulder separations from bracing a fall on the ice
Meniscus tears from twisting your knee incorrectly
Heat/ice therapy physical therapy to regain mobility and range of motionUse of anti-inflammtories
and twisting the knee, or suddenly changing direction
Ankle fracture (Talus bone)
Foot cast typically will require surgery to correct the fracture
Rotator cuff tears
Ice and physical therapy to regain mobility and range of motionRefrain from the activity and overhead lifting
Depending on the grade of the tear, you can live with a rotator cuff tear as long as it doesn’t prevent you from overhead lifting or enjoying life
Every person is different, so your treatment plan will vary. The best way to ensure that you’re receiving the best possible treatment for your specific injury is to schedule a consultation with an orthopedic physician.
– Jason Wilcox, M.D.
To learn more about Dr. Wilcox.