Common Weightlifting Injuries and Non-Surgical Treatment Options

Lifting weights has many physical benefits, including building strength, improving bone density, and reducing body fat. Men and women of all ages turn to weight lifting when they want to become stronger and more physically fit. Although weight lifting can be an important part of a varied exercise routine, it does involve a risk of injury. Weightlifting injuries can occur from a traumatic event or with overuse. Kinetic Sports Medicine offers the best non-operative treatments for people suffering common weight lifting injuries and may be an effective alternative to traditional surgeries.

Frequent Weightlifting Injuries

Several factors contribute to injuries during weight lifting. These injuries may occur due to substandard equipment, poor or careless techniques, lack of assistance, fatigue, and clothing issues. The platform used when lifting weights needs to be firm, even, and without cracks. Ankle injuries are associated with platform irregularities. Bars must also be in good condition to ensure proper rotation when weightlifting, shoulder injury could occur otherwise. Accidents can also occur when using bars with collars malfunctioning and weights sliding off unexpectedly. If this happens a serious injury could occur. Not having a spotter to assist with lifts is a common reason for potentially serious mishaps. Even clothing issues, such as not wearing correct shoes can lead to injuries.

Knee injuries are common weight lifting injuries, especially among those who perform heavy squats. Patellar tendonitis involves pain below the kneecap, and occurs as a result of inflammation of the patellar tendon. Lateral elbow tendonitis is a common elbow injury. Weight lifting can cause elbow pain due to over-gripping the bar, which often happens with heavy lifting. Successful weightlifting requires strong wrists, and incorrect technique could result in a painful wrist injury. Weight lifting with wrist wraps may not eliminate all risk of a wrist injury, but the wrapping provides extra support around the joint. Another common issue that many people experience is a back injury. Weight lifting may result in back strain or sprain due to ligament, tendon, muscle, or vertebrae damage. When these injuries occur, people usually experience pain, stiffness, and swelling.

Standard Treatments

After an injury, the first response should be rest to enable the body to begin healing. Ice and elevation may help with swelling. Compression and stabilization may help minimize symptoms. If an injury interferes with daily activities, treatment from a physician may be necessary. A physician may recommend medication, physical therapy, or even surgery to repair damage. Multiple surgeries may sometimes be performed, and patients usually go through extensive recovery and rehabilitation periods after surgery.

Alternative Therapies

Promising new technologies are now available that can improve recovery time and help patients regain their active lifestyles. Stem cell injection and platelet-rich plasma injection are two innovative treatments that harness the power of a patient's own stem cells and platelets to enhance healing and help with tissue regeneration. At Kinetic Sports Medicine under the expertise of Dr. Richard Kim, a primary care sports medicine physician, our focus is on providing non-surgical alternative treatment options for patients who have experienced activity-related injuries. Contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Kim. We are happy to help you learn more about our services and your options for non-operative treatments.