Sports injuries can happen to anyone, athletic or not. While these injuries usually occur when playing a sport, they can also occur unexpectedly during your daily activities. Whatever the cause of your injury, our board-certified, sports medicine trained physicians will treat you like a pro! Whether you're a dedicated competitor, weekend warrior or local youth athlete, you can count on our team to help you get you back to an active lifestyle in the fastest and safest way possible.
At Orthopedic Associates, the most commonly treated sports injuries are to the knees and shoulders. In most cases, sports injuries can be treated with MLS Laser Therapy, physical therapy, bracing, and/or medications. Some injuries however, like certain types of ligament and cartilage tears, require surgery before you can return to the life you love. Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County's team of sports medicine physicians treat each individual patient according to your specific injury and needs, and work with you to determine the best course of treatment.
Most problems in the shoulder involve the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, rather than the bones. Athletes are especially susceptible to shoulder problems. In athletes, shoulder problems can develop slowly through repetitive, intensive training routines.
Some people will have a tendency to ignore the pain and "play through" a shoulder injury, which only aggravates the condition, and may possibly cause more problems. People also may underestimate the extent of their injury because steady pain, weakness in the arm, or limitation of joint motion will become almost second nature to them.
Your knee is made up of many important structures, any of which can be injured. The most common knee injuries include fractures around the knee, dislocation, and sprains and tears of soft tissues, like ligaments. In many cases, injuries involve more than one structure in the knee.
Pain and swelling are the most common signs of knee injury. In addition, your knee may catch or lock up. Many knee injuries cause instability - the feeling that your knee is giving way.
The most common bone broken around the knee is the patella. The ends of the femur and tibia where they meet to form the knee joint can also be fractured. Many fractures around the knee are caused by high energy trauma, such as falls from significant heights and motor vehicle collisions.
Every year, millions of teenagers participate in high school sports. An injury to a high school athlete can be a significant disappointment for the teen, the family, and the coaches. The pressure to play can lead to decisions that may increase risk of an additional injury with long-term effects. High school sports injuries can cause problems that require surgery as an adult, and may lead to arthritis later in life.
Teenage athletes are injured at about the same rate as professional athletes, but injuries that affect high school athletes are often different from those that affect adult athletes. This is largely because high school athletes are often still growing. When a sports injury occurs, it is important to quickly seek proper treatment. To ensure the best possible recovery, Orthopedic Associates sends athletic trainers to schools and organizations throughout the Hudson Valley. Our certified athletic trainers have direct communication with our doctors and will ensure your child can and will receive the proper care they deserve!