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Treatments For Common Basketball Injuries

In a contact sport like basketball, injuries are fairly common and range from minor sprains to serious joint injuries. We review treatments for the most common injuries in this sport, explaining when you can treat injuries at home and when you should call Summit for a medical evaluation.

Research shows that playing sports confers a range of benefits, from better health to stronger self-esteem. However, there are also risks, especially in high-contact sports like basketball. We review recommended medical treatments for the most common basketball injuries.

In 2004, the Consumer Products Safety Commission reported that basketball and cycling athletes suffer more injuries than competitors in football and soccer. Treated basketball-related injuries numbered 1.6 million, compared to 1 million treated injuries in football and less than 500,000 in soccer. The ankles, hands, and knees are most vulnerable to basketball injuries, and girls are two to eight times more likely to suffer knee injures.

Although we can’t completely prevent basketball injuries, we do know that athletic activity is still much more healthful than sedentary habits. The sports medicine team at Summit is focused on educating athletes about the preventative measures they can take, and providing the highest quality of medical care when injury does occur.

Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive sports medicine expertise

From Olympians to pro athletes to kids in youth sports and those that just want to be more active—Summit Orthopedics delivers expert care by fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians. If you are recently injured or concerned about ongoing pain, Summit Orthopedics sports medicine specialists have the expertise to evaluate your discomfort and develop a plan to quickly and safely help you get back to being active.

Start your journey to stronger, healthier athletic condition. Find your sports medicine expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a sports medicine consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNVadnais Heights, MN, Plymouth, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as several additional community clinics.

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