Common Basketball Injuries and Non-Surgical Treatment Options

People of all ages participate in the sport of basketball. It can be a recreational park or driveway game on a warm day, but it can also be a game of fierce competition and high speeds with excessive physical contact. Although basketball can be an enjoyable activity, providing players with needed exercise, players are also at risk for potentially serious injuries. Kinetic Sports Medicine offers non-surgical treatment options to help patients heal from a variety of ailments that stem from playing sports, including common basketball injuries.

Common Basketball Injuries

Players can experience two kinds of injuries while playing basketball: traumatic and overuse. Traumatic injuries usually happen in a collision between players or from a fall. These mishaps may include sprains, strains, dislocations, and fractures in both the lower and the upper extremities. While many players experience ankle injuries in basketball, knee injuries are also common due to running, jumping, twisting, and falling. People who play basketball competitively and regularly often experience an average of between six and 14 injuries for every 1,000 hours of play time. Among the issues due to overuse in basketball, foot injuries are especially common, as are Achilles tendinitis in the heel and calf and patellar tendinitis in the knee. Both types of tendinitis often happen due to excessive jumping and landing.

Traditional Treatments

While prevention measures ;such as wearing the right shoes and protective gear may help avoid some mishaps, many basketball players suffer some type of injury at some point in play. After a traumatic basketball leg injury, pain usually stops play abruptly. Overuse injuries, on the other hand, usually happen gradually over time. After an injury, a player usually seeks medical care at a clinic or a hospital, where a physician orders diagnostic tests such as an X-ray or MRI. These tests can show fractures, sprains, ligament tears, and even tendon ruptures. Depending on the severity of the injury, a physician may prescribe some combination of ice, rest, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, or even surgery. Patients may proceed through this traditional route of treatment, or they could opt for newer treatment options that are less invasive.

New Treatment Options

At Kinetic Sports Medicine, Dr. Richard Kim works as a primary care sports medicine physician. Under the care of Dr. Kim, patients receive non-operative solutions for sports injuries and pain management. Stem cell therapies and platelet-rich plasma in injections have shown promise for healing. With these procedures, a patient's own cells are drawn from the body, and then ultrasound-guided injection is used to direct the platelets or stem cells to the injury site. Basketball knee injuries including tears of the meniscus or anterior or posterior cruciate ligaments often respond especially well to these healing cells flooding into the injury site.

If you are ready to learn more about our newer treatment options for non-operative healing and pain management, contact us to schedule an appointment. For those who play basketball, shoulder injuries and other joint problems are especially common, but Dr. Kim is available to consult with you to recommend the best treatment for your injury. The goal of our practice is to help our patients resume their healthy and active lifestyles once again. Make an appointment today.