Lacrosse Injuries and Non-Surgical Treatment Options

The high-intensity running, stick play, and shooting activity involved in the sport of lacrosse make it a popular team activity. Both males and females can get in the game, but play differs significantly for the different genders. Lacrosse is considered a contact sport for men, whereas for women, it is technically non-contact. But all varieties of the game of lacrosse involve some risk of injury simply from the activities involved. Players could be hurt in an acute event involving another player, and overuse injuries are another potential issue. No matter the cause, Kinetic Sports Medicine can offer non-surgical help for players suffering from lacrosse injuries.

Common Injuries

The majority of lacrosse injuries that happen during play involve superficial bruises, muscle strains, and minor sprains. Running up and down the field to control the ball and avoid opponents creates a risk of injury for the lower extremities. Players can also injure their upper bodies as they throw, catch, and shoot the ball with sticks. Stick checking in lacrosse involves interrupting another player's movement or stealing the ball away, and this type of offensive play is allowed in both men's and women's lacrosse games. Body checking is only allowed in men's games. Men wear full safety gear to prevent lacrosse injuries, including helmets with facemasks, mouth guards, gloves, and pads on the shoulders, arms, and elbows. Women are only required to wear mouth guards and eye protection during play, although they can wear additional safety gear if desired.

Traumatic lacrosse injuries can include shoulder dislocations, sprained ankles, hamstring strains, fractures of extremities, concussions, and ACL knee injuries. Overuse injuries are another type of lacrosse injury that players may experience. However, lacrosse players generally have fewer problems with overuse than athletes in other sports have because the sticks minimize wear and tear on joints. Shin splints are an example of an overuse lacrosse injury that could occur with continuous running, often on varying surfaces. Contusions and abrasions are also common due to the nature of the game.

Conventional Treatment

Minor injuries generally require rest, ice, and elevation to resolve. When a lacrosse injury is serious enough to interfere with daily activities, a player should consult a physician. In this situation, a diagnostic test is used to determine the extent of the injury. Stabilization or immobilization may be warranted for healing, and a physician may also prescribe medication. Severe injuries may require surgery in some cases.

Alternative Therapies

Some joint and tendon injuries respond readily to newer technologies offered by Dr. Richard Kim and the team at Kinetic Sports Medicine. Dr. Kim has devoted his medical practice to offering non-operative treatments to resolve sports injuries and residual pain. These less-invasive procedures involve use of patients' own stem cells and blood, which possess growth factors to hasten healing and promote natural regeneration. Stop suffering with pain and contact us today to make an appointment. We will help you learn more about our services to see if stem cell or platelet-rich plasma injection is an option for you. Reclaim your healthy, active lifestyle once again and move forward after a lacrosse injury with our help.