Surprisingly, the four most common injuries for non-athletes are not much different from sports injuries. Many men and women get injuries at work and when performing daily tasks at home or outdoors. Let’s take a look at some injuries that both the ordinary person and professional athletes are likely to get.
When you have an injury and your doctor wants you to get an X-ray or MRI, don’t panic. These tests are a good way to find out what the problem is and get treatment. Not only will they help diagnose your injury, these tests are commonly used in sports medicine.
Ankle injuries are a common injury amongst both men and women. These injuries are usually inflicted when walking or going up and down stairs. Slip and fall accidents commonly end in ankle injuries. While it is one of the most important joints in the body for walking, many people twist or sprain their ankle every year but don’t seek treatment.
When your doctor examines you they may just prescribe rest and ice packs or have it X-rayed to see extent of the injury. In some cases, it may need a cast or splint. A simple test can be effective in finding the right treatment for your ankle.
Hand and Wrist Injuries
Repetitive work, accidents, and falls can cause wrist and hand injuries. When these bones are injured, they lose their ability to glide causing issues with wrist and hand movement. Most physicians will X-ray the wrist and hands to determine the cause so they can properly treat it. The most common symptoms are pain, restricted movement, swelling, and bruises.
Over 10.4 million patients yearly go to the doctor for knee injuries. Since the knee is the largest joint located in the body, it is one of the easiest to injure. Common knee injuries include fractures, torn ligaments, and tears in the soft tissue. This type of injury is caused by hitting your knee accidently, car accidents, falls, and slipping.
Pain anywhere in the knees means an injury has occurred. Treatment of the knee may require a brace, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medicines or surgery. Doctor may use a variety of tests performed by directly examining your knee and in some cases X-rays or MRI may be taken to look more closely.
Shoulder and Neck injuries
Shoulder injuries are commonly caused by falling or gradual wear and tear on the muscle that occurs overtime. Rotor cuff tears are usually a place of concern for most shoulder injuries. Repetitive tasks can put strain on the shoulders, leading to injuries in the workplace or gym.
Neck pain and shoulder pain is often caused by poor posture, abnormalities in the bones, car accidents, and even muscle strain. The shoulder muscles have a large range of movement and are easily subject to injury. Shoulder pain can be caused by pinched nerves, strain, or fractures to the bone. Neck pain can be caused by sleeping in the wrong position, posture, repetitive movement, and whiplash from an accident.
Prevention is the first key to ensuring these common injuries don’t occur. If you ever have a concern in any of these areas, come visit us at Kerrville Imaging for an MRI scan. We’re always here to help and make sure your medical imaging needs are handled.