Young athletes are prone to overuse injuries involving the growing skeleton. When bone growth outpaces muscle and tendon growth, progressive inflexibility occurs. Hamstring muscles become tight, leading to muscle strains and other injuries.
Timothy Lane, MD
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
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What injuries are unique to young, adolescent athletes?
Daniel J. Gurley, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answered on behalf of Overland Park Regional Medical Center
What are some common rodeo injuries?
Some common rodeo injuries are head injuries like concussions, knee injuries and shoulder injuries. Dislocations are common. (This answer provided for NATA by the California University of Pennsylvania Athletic Training Education Program.)
How are hip problems diagnosed?
Scott Martin, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredDuring a hip examination, the doctor will ask you questions about pain and other symptoms. Be sure to describe sensations in the entire leg: a hip problem may cause pain in the front, side, or back of your hip, in the groin, and even in the knee. Mention any physical labor or sports you participate in and falls or injuries you have experienced. Even if you landed on your knees rather than your hip, you may have jolted your hips.
The doctor will watch you walk to observe unevenness or changes in your gait. Hip pain or muscle weakness can change how you walk. Speak up if any portion of your stride hurts. The doctor may examine your shoes for signs of abnormal wear. He or she will observe how far you can flex your knee toward your chest and extend your leg out behind you, and how readily you can move your leg out to the side (abduction) and across your midline (adduction). As you lie on your back, the doctor will measure how far you can rotate your hip externally (letting the knee fall toward the outside of your body) and internally (letting your knee turn toward your midline). As you move or try to resist pressure applied by the doctor during different maneuvers, the doctor will assess pain, muscle strength and restrictions, and any grinding or snapping in the joint.
Along with the hip exam, the doctor will examine the position of your pelvis, compare your leg lengths, test nerve function in your legs, and check your feet and ankles for swelling that might indicate impaired circulation. He may ask you to simulate putting on socks with a figure of four position of the leg. Lack of motion in the hip may indicate degenerative hip disease. He or she will also examine your spine for curvatures or conditions (such as a pinching of the sciatic nerve) that can cause hip pain.
In addition, the doctor is likely to use x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or an MRI arthrogram (an imaging technique in which an iodine-based dye is used to enhance the resolution of the MRI) to diagnose hip problems.
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