Pay a Bill
NorthShore’s online source for timely health and wellness news, inspiring patient stories and tips to lead a healthy life.
By Karyn Odway
When spring sports start, so do the chances of student-athletes getting injured on the playing fields. Even though most high school sports injuries are minor – such as sprains and strains – athletes are at the highest risk of getting hurt during the first month of the season, as they warm up to competitive play. As we enter the summer months, athletes participating in sports camps risk getting injured.
How can players avoid being sidelined by injury? Patrick Birmingham, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon with the Orthopaedic & Spine Institute and a team physician for the Chicago Bears, offers this expert advice:
To prevent an existing injury from recurring, be sure your student-athlete is fully recovered before they return to sport. Feeling better isn’t necessarily being fully healed. Getting back in the game prematurely can leave your star athlete on the bench for the rest of the season.
If treating injuries early and often nonoperatively isn’t helping, it might be time to consider surgery. Minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures are an option for such injuries as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, shoulder impingement, and cartilage damage. These surgeries could help athletes fully recover from serious injury quicker and get back in the game sooner.
Here's to winning an injury-free sports season!
Patrick Birmingham, M.D., is a sports medicine specialist and orthopaedic surgeon at NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute. His expertise is in repairing the knee, hip, shoulder, and elbow. He serves as clinical faculty for the University of Chicago and a team physician for the Chicago Bears.
Need immediate care for a sports injury? The experts at our Orthopaedic & Spine Immediate Care Centers provide care for sports injuries, as well as sprains, muscle strains and fractures. Learn more about our locations.
Get back in the game. A sport injury can really disrupt your life. Schedule an appointment with one of our sports medicine experts or call us at 847.570.4792