Sports Injuries in West Palm Beach, FL
Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and sports are one approach many people choose. Sports injuries and back pain can result from anything from bicycling, weight lifting, running, swimming, skiing, golf, and tennis. Board-certified neurosurgeon, Charles S. Theofilos, MD, founded The Spine Center to offer world-class sports injuries care to men and women from West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens and south Florida, as well as international patients, PGA golfers as well as other professional athletes.
What are Sports Injuries?
Sports injuries are any type of physical trauma or damage that occurs when people participate in sports, whether professionally or as a personal pastime. For people with back pain, sports can still be a viable option if they pay attention to their back. For others who participate in sports, knowing the type of strain various sports place on the back may help prevent a back injury.
What are Common Types of Sports-Related Back Injuries?
When participating in any sport, injuries to any part of the spine are possible, as well as injuries to the soft tissue and fascia that help comprise the makeup of the body. Up to 20% of all sports injuries involve the lower back or neck.
- Lower Back Injury – The lower back is subject to a great deal of strain in many sports. Sports that use repetitive impact (i.e. running), a twisting motion (i.e. golf, tennis), or weight loading at the end of a range of motion (i.e. weightlifting) commonly cause damage to the lower back.
- Neck Injury – The neck is most commonly injured in sports involving contact (i.e. football, soccer), which place the neck at risk of injury.
What is Golfer’s Elbow?
Golfer’s elbow is an injury from overuse of the elbow joint. The condition causes pain on the inside of the elbow. Symptoms are most obvious when the individual tries to grip an object, and it may be accompanied by weakness in the arm.
What is Tendonitis?
The tendons of the body attach the muscles to the bone. Tendonitis is the medical term used when referring to inflammation of the tendons.
What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow, known medically as “lateral epicondylitis,” is a condition affecting the back side of the arm where the upper arm bone connects with the elbow. The condition develops when a person has small tears in the tendon and inflammation caused by overuse.
What is Piriformis Syndrome?
The piriformis is a small muscle that connects the hip to the spine to help you rotate your body. The sciatic nerve runs beneath the muscle. People with piriformis syndrome experience muscle spasms and inflammation, causing pain in the leg, foot and buttock. A person may also have pain during certain activities, such as sitting for prolonged periods or going up stairs.
What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk for Sports Injuries?
For every sport, a thorough warm-up should be completed before starting to play. The warm-up will target the muscles used in that sport, but it should also prepare the back for the stresses to come.
The warm-up used should be specific to the sport to be played. A typical warm-up could include:
- Increase circulation gradually by doing some easy movement (such as walking) to increase blood circulation to the muscles and ligaments of the back
- Stretch the lower and upper back and related muscles, including hamstrings and quadriceps
- Start slowly with the sport movements (e.g. swing the golf club, serve the ball, etc.)
There are professionals or instructors in almost every sport who are willing to share their expertise. Ideally, someone with this type of expertise can teach the correct form for a new sport or help develop and keep the proper technique for a current sport.
When Should I Schedule a Consultation with a Neurosurgeon?
If you experience chronic or acute pain that does not resolve with home care and rest, we recommend you meet with Dr. Theofilos for a consultation. He begins treatment with the most conservative option, so you may not need to take time off from your sports activities.
For your convenience, we offer financing through LendingUSA®, and your treatment may be covered partially by insurance.
For many people, living a healthy life means participating in sports. Injuries as a result of these activities can be bothersome and debilitating. Men and women from West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens, south Florida and countries around the world rely on the expert sports injury care of board-certified neurosurgeon, Charles S. Theofilos, MD, founder of The Spine Center. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation or complimentary MRI review with Dr. Theofilos.