Upper Extremity Sports injuries

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Welcome to our comprehensive guide on upper extremity sports injuries. Whether you’re an athlete, a sports enthusiast, or someone who leads an active lifestyle, injuries to the upper extremities can be debilitating and affect your performance. This service page will explore common upper extremity sports injuries, their causes, symptoms, and available treatment options to help you better understand the condition and make informed decisions about your care.

Upper Extremity Sports Injuries: Their Causes and Treatments

Upper extremity sports injuries can occur in various areas of the arms, including the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. These injuries can result from direct trauma, repetitive motions, overuse, or sudden, forceful movements. Understanding the types of injuries and their treatment options is essential in managing and recovering from them.

Below are some of the more common sports injuries impacting the upper extremities:

  • Shoulder Injuries:
    • Rotator Cuff Tears
    • Shoulder Dislocations
    • Labral Tears
  • Elbow Injuries:
    • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
    • Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
    • Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Injuries
  • Wrist and Hand Injuries:
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Wrist Sprains
    • Fractures and Dislocations

We provide a range of treatment options for these injuries. We begin with a non-surgical approach whenever possible. This approach to treatment includes immobilization and resting of the affected area. Physical therapy provides stretches, exercises, and manual techniques for improving flexibility, strength, and range of motion. Corticosteroid injections, NSAIDs, and temperature therapy can be applied to alleviate inflammation and pain.

Surgical approaches are available when these procedures are inappropriate or fail to provide results. The following surgical options are some of those available at our facilities.

  • Arthroscopic Procedures: With specialized instruments and a small camera, these minimally invasive procedures can be used to treat elbow and shoulder injuries.
  • Tendon Repair & Reconstruction – These procedures can restore function and stability to torn ligaments.
  • Fracture Fixation – This surgical method is used to realign bones that have become fractured. They are secured with plates, wires, and screws.

It’s essential for your recovery that you closely follow the guidelines given to you by the MD West ONE team after your procedure. The recovery process typically involves one or more of the following modalities:

  • Physical Therapy – Exercises the restore coordination, flexibility, and strength.
  • Manual Therapy – Techniques used to improve joint mobility and reduce scar tissue formation.
  • Sports-Specific Training – This aims to regain skills specific to your sport and get you back to the level of performance you desire.

See What MD West ONE Can Do For Your Sports Injury!

The MD West ONE team will be with you from beginning to end during your treatment. We’re here to help you recover from your injury and return to doing what you love quickly and safely. We bring our extensive experience and knowledge to delivering effective treatment for injuries caused by an active lifestyle. If you’re prepared to start your recovery journey, contact our team at (402) 390-4111 to begin your treatment. We’ll begin with a complete medical history review and consultation as we develop a treatment plan for your lifestyle and injury. Contact us today!

Ready to Restore Your Quality of Life? Call <a href="tel:402-390-4111">(402) 390-4111</a>
Ready to Restore Your Quality of Life? Call (402) 390-4111

As a double fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Del Core is committed to providing personalized care for all types of conditions for the hand, shoulder, and elbow.

"Dr. Del Core was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was able to help me feel better while offering me plenty of reasonable treatment options."
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Brenda F.
May, 2023
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