It’s a natural instinct to break a fall with an outstretched hand, which is why wrist sprains are one of the most common sports injuries. When you break a fall with your hand and wrist, the weight of your body forces the wrist back toward your forearm, stretching the ligaments that connect the wrist and hand. A wrist sprain can range in severity from a tiny tear to a total break of the ligament.
That spot, bump or lump you notice on your arm, leg, face or other part of your body may be more serious than a superficial “age spot” or mole. It could be a sign of melanoma. Any type of new skin growth or discoloration should be checked by a board-certified dermatologist as soon as it is noticed.
Despite Dr. Todd Ruk’s claim that he’s “a pretty simple guy,” you wouldn’t know it from looking at his bio. In addition to his professional bona fides, he enjoys a host of interests, from sports to travel. Here are his highlights of both work and play.
Millions of teenagers participate in high school sports every year, and injuries are just part of the game, so to speak. Injuries happen across all sports from high-contact games to non-contact events, and range from mild (muscle strains) to extreme (traumatic brain injury).
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT) are common diagnostic tests used by your general physician or specialist to look inside the body beyond the skeletal structure that can be imaged through traditional X-ray techniques.
The Female Athlete Triad is a combination of illnesses that can seriously endanger athletically-driven girls or women who feel intense societal pressure to stay thin. The triad’s three interrelated conditions—disordered eating, menstrual dysfunction and premature osteoporosis—occur when a girl or woman takes dieting and exercise to an extreme. Women can develop one, two or all three components of the triad, and they all can seriously hinder athletic performance and damage long-term health.
Football season is almost here, and that means that the dangers of the sport are back in the national conversation. Head, neck and spinal cord injuries are prevalent among football players, so it’s vital that players use the proper technique when tackling and blocking.
One of the most common sports injuries—especially in sports that require sprinting—is a pulled hamstring. Track, soccer and basketball athletes are the most susceptible to hamstring pulls. A pulled hamstring will typically heal on its own and does not require surgery, but it can still keep athletes on the bench for months.
Hip replacement surgery, also known as anthroplasty, affects hundreds of thousands of people each year. During a hip replacement surgery, the diseased or injured portion of the hip joint is removed and replaced with an artificial part.
In 2012, an estimated 466,492 people were taken to the emergency room with football-related injuries. Now that football season is in full swing, it’s important for athletes to take precautions in order to have a full and healthy season. Read below to learn several ways that players can maintain optimal health this football season.