Basketball season is in full swing and with practices and games taking their toll of players bodies, it is more important than ever to watch out for injuries.

At Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, our physicians have extensive experience with basketball related injuries and provide the latest technologies for early intervention and treatments.

Below is a list of three common injuries that all basketball players should be aware of.

Common Basketball Injury #1: Ankle Sprains

 Ligaments are strong bands of cartilage that connect bones and a sprain is a partial or complete tear of a ligament. Because basketball requires lots of running, jumping and cutting, the ankle ligaments are especially susceptible to sprains. Especially when a player lands unevenly after a jump or is pushed while jumping or changing directions.

Key ankle sprain symptoms are:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

Rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE) and over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications can be used to control initial symptoms. If symptoms do not respond to treatment, an appointment with one of our Sports Medicine Specialists should be made.

 

Common Basketball Injury #2: Knee Injuries

The knee is largest joint in the body and the most commonly used in basketball. Many strong ligaments connect the knee bones and many strong tendons attach large and small muscles to the bones. Like basketball ankle sprains, knee injuries usually occur when a player lands unevenly or is pushed while cutting, running or jumping.

Knee ligament sprains and tendon strains are common, but easily treatable. More serious injuries that an Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine specialist needs to see as soon as possible include:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear
  • Meniscus tear
  • Patella or quadriceps tendon tear
  • Posterior cruciate ligament tear

 

All of these injuries present with similar symptoms:

  • Bruising
  • Joint instability
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

A pop, click or snap may be heard when the injury occurs. RICE and over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications may be used to decrease initial symptoms. But, if symptoms persist, an appointment with one of our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Sports Medicine Specialists should be made.

Common Basketball Injury #3: Stress Fractures

Practicing or playing basketball too much can cause tiny hairline fractures, known as “stress fractures”, in the foot, ankle and leg bones. Associated symptoms include:

  • A dull ache
  • Decreased performance
  • Difficulty bearing weight
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

You should be evaluated by one of our Sports Medicine Specialists as soon as possible to either diagnose or rule out a stress fracture if you have the above symptoms.

After a formal diagnosis is made, an effective treatment plan is prescribed. Symptoms usually respond well to rest, activity modification and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. In some cases, a short period of immobilization is necessary.

 

Making an Appointment at Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

At Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists, Dr. Michael Gross, Dr. Michael Benke and Dr. Oscar Vazquez are experts in treating basketball injuries.

Contact our office today to make an appointment at one of our convenient locations in Hackensack, Montclair, Emerson and Elmwood Park, NJ.

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