An orthopaedic injury is any sort of problem or defect affecting the musculoskeletal system. This can include injuries of the joints, bones, muscles, and nerves. Orthopaedic injuries usually cause pain at the site of the problem and they can lead to decreased mobility and range of motion. You may also notice inflammation or redness.
Because the musculoskeletal system is so large, there are many different ways for it to be injured. If you are active or play sports, you have a chance of suffering from an ankle sprain, tennis elbow or leg, Achilles tendonitis, ACL or MCL injuries, rotator cuff tears, torn meniscus, or even a fracture or sprain of certain areas.
Some people develop an orthopaedic injury due to circumstances outside of their control, such as genetics or old age. These can include sciatica, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, bowed legs, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, and more.
Others may contract an injury such as carpal tunnel or a herniated disc simply from moving around.
Treatment for orthopaedic injuries depends on the area of the body in which the injury has occurred. For common sports injuries like an ACL or MCL tear, the damaged ligament must be replaced in order for you to regain full function of your leg. However, less serious injuries such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel, the best treatment is to rest the injured area to give it time to heal on its own.
Regardless of your injury, it is important to consult with a physical therapist to see what treatments they recommend for you.
Always stretch before any physical activity in order to make sure your body is warmed up and ready to move. Additionally, avoid repetitive motions, as these can wear out your body and cause pain. Lower your risk of injury by strengthening the muscles that support your joints.
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