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A Look at the Most Common Sports Injuries

Sports are a great way to stay fit, but unfortunately, players are also prone to injuries. If you suffer a sports injury, it is important to get out of the game and get to the hospital for emergency care right away. Trying to push through your injury and keep playing can turn a minor injury into one that requires surgery and a lengthy recovery. Here is a look at some of the most common injuries experienced by athletes.

Sprains and Strains

Sprains and strains are similar injuries that affect different parts of the body. Sprains occur when a ligament is stretched or torn, while strains involve stretched or torn muscles or tendons. They both can occur when they ligaments, muscles, or tendons are twisted or overextended. If you have a sprain or stained, you can expect pain, swelling, bruising, and stiffness. Rest is the best way to heal both of these injuries. Ice and compression bandages can also help with discomfort. After an initial period of healing, your doctor may recommend physical therapy to rebuild strength at the site of the injury.

Knee Injuries

The knee can suffer several different kinds of injuries during sports. ACL tears, in which the anterior cruciate ligament tears, are a one of the most common sports-related injuries. They happen when the knee twists suddenly. Broken kneecaps, meniscus tears, and posterior cruciate ligament, or PCL tears, are also common. Surgery is often necessary for knee injuries.

Rotator Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff is located on your shoulder, where your upper arm joint inserts into the shoulder socket. The tendons in the rotator cuff are extremely vulnerable to strains and tears, especially with repetitive use, such as the motion performed to pitch a baseball. In some cases, rotator cuff injuries can heal on their own with rest, while surgery in necessary in other cases.


At West Hills Hospital & Medical Center , we provide emergency care in West Hills for your acute injury needs, while our orthopedic team will get you back on the field in no time when you need longer-term care. For a referral to a specialist or more information about our hospital, call (818) 676-4321.