As a medical practice focused on nonsurgical spine and orthopedic rehabilitation, Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine successfully treats a great many patients whose pain and mobility issues stem from sports injuries. Our office in East Meadow, one of our five conveniently located offices on Long Island, has a well-deserved reputation for relieving pain and restoring function to those who have suffered musculoskeletal damage while engaging in professional or recreational sports.

At our East Meadow office we diagnose and treat both acute and chronic sports injuries with skill and empathy. Our goal is to relieve your pain and to restore full functionality as quickly as possible. We are well aware that, for those who engage in sports regularly, whether they are serious athletes or not, getting back onto the field, court, course, road or mat is important to their health and sense of normalcy. We are, therefore, committed to the rehabilitative process.

Common Sports Injuries

There are two basic types of sports injuries: acute and chronic. Acute injuries occur suddenly due to direct impact, applied force greater than the body part can withstand, or an awkward movement that the body part is not designed to make. Chronic injuries, on the other hand, result from overuse or repetitive stress. Both types of sports injuries may result in pain and limited mobility. While some patients may heal on their own with home remedies (rest, ice, compression, and elevation, commonly known as “RICE”), many will require professional care.

The highly capable doctors at Long Island Spine’s Sports Injury Center in East Meadow are all physiatrists, doctors who specialize in pain management and rehabilitation. They are assisted by first-rate physical therapists. Together our team provides exceptional care for a broad range of sports injuries. It pays to remember that, though in this article we have linked particular injuries to certain sports, each injury can, and sometimes does, occur randomly.

Knee Injuries

The knee is a complex joint, but our talented physiatrists and physical therapists are capable of reducing pain and increasing movement and flexibility following knee injuries. Some common sports injuries that affect the knee are:

  • Runner’s knee (patellofemoral syndrome) involves a certain amount of dislocation (maltracking) of the kneecap (patella). This dysfunction is associated not only with running but with skiing, cycling, basketball and volleyball. Patients with runner’s knee have difficulty kneeling, squatting, walking stairs, or sitting for an extended period with a bent knee.
  • Meniscus tears damage the cartilage at the inside of the knee. These tears result from 

sudden twists of the knee while it is weight bearing, and may happen during football, skiing, volleyball, or wrestling.

  • Tears or sprains of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) cause severe pain, instability, and loss of range of motion of the knee. This injury is common in skiers and in those who play soccer, football or basketball.

Hip Injuries

Many people who actively engage in sports that exercise the lower body — such as bicycling, running, swimming, baseball and golf — suffer hip injuries, including:

  • Hip bursitis, an inflammation of one of the fluid-filled sacs (bursae) that provides a cushion between the bones and tendons.
  • Hamstring injuries cause damage to the muscles and tendons at the rear of the upper leg and are common in those who play soccer, basketball, football, and tennis, as well as in runners and dancers. 
  • Sacroiliac (SI) injuries occur in the joint that connects the spine and pelvis and are typically suffered by those who play sports involving kicking or throwing, or engage in gymnastics.

Shoulder Injuries are frequently suffered by those who overuse their upper arms while swimming or playing tennis, baseball or football. Common shoulder injuries are:

  • Rotator cuff injuries affecting the muscles around the shoulder
  • Shoulder impingement which occurs when pressure is put on the shoulder blade (the acromion) and the soft tissues beneath it
  • Shoulder dislocation when the ball of the humerus slips out of the shoulder socket
  • Tendonitis when shoulder tendons become inflamed

Elbow Injuries (epicondylitis) are common in those who play racket sports, such as tennis and badminton, as well as in golfers, baseball players and those who participate in archery, martial arts, rowing, and rock climbing. The only difference between tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow is that the former affects the outside of the elbow and the latter affects the inside.

Hand/Wrist Injuries, though frequently associated with driving and with certain occupations and household chores, can also be caused by sports activities that involve overextension of the arm, twisting, pitching or clenching.

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome is named for the “tunnel” that protects the tendons and median nerve that pass through the wrist. Excessive pressure on the median nerve (nerve entrapment), is usually the result of thickening or swelling of adjacent tissue. This may occur as a result of playing golf or racket sports, or of bicycling.
  • De Quervain’s Tendinitis

De Quervain’s tendinitis is an inflammation of the synovium (sheath) that surrounds the two tendons connecting the wrist and the thumb. It is frequently precipitated by the repetitive stress that may occur during golfing or racket sports.

Back Pain, whether caused by a sports injury or not, is one of the most common reasons people are absent from work. Unfortunately, it often becomes chronic, even recurring after surgery. A great many patients suffer back pain because of:

  • Herniated or ruptured discs, the cushions between the vertebrae that, when they wear thin, put pressure on nearby nerves
  • Sciatica, pain from the lower back through the buttock and down the leg caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve
  • Osteoarthritis, typically due to the wear and tear of aging
  • Spinal stenosis, narrowing of the spinal canal
  • Scoliosis, in which the spine curves to the side
  • Osteoporosis, a condition in which the vertebrae become thin, brittle and porous

Contact  Our Spine and Sports Injury Center in East Meadow and Get Back on Track

At Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine, we are dedicated to diagnosing sports injuries correctly so that we can target your pain and mobility issues quickly and effectively. Our professional, caring staff is ready to diagnose your problem with cutting-edge knowledge, skill, and equipment in order to provide you with pain relief and restored function as soon as possible. Make an appointment today to restart your athletic routine.