Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine

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What Do You Know About Taking Care of Your Knees?

Your knees are complex joints and that makes them more vulnerable to injury. Learning how to prevent knee injuries and treating them if they occur can help you stay active at work and play. Test your knowledge of knees by taking this quiz, based on information from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

1. The knee is the largest joint in the body and bears most of the body's weight.
2. Ligaments of the knee can be injured by changing direction or twisting when running.
3. Ligaments are the only part of the knee that can be injured.
4. Kneecap problems, one of the most common problems for runners, can be caused by running on sloped surfaces.
5. Maintaining a healthy weight can help you avoid knee pain.
6. You should see a doctor immediately if you have knee pain that also includes swelling, redness, pinching, or buckling and/or if you heard a pop when you injured the knee.
7. Overuse injuries such as tendonitis are the most common type of knee injury.
8. Acute injuries happen when you put more stress on a knee than it can handle.
9. Over time, a knee can develop osteoarthritis, a condition that results when the cartilage in the joint gradually wears away.

Keeping Athletes In The Game

Teen girls playing soccerBroward Health's Sports Medicine Program at Broward Health Coral Springs is working hard to keep athletes of all ages in the game. We treat all types of sports injuries, from weekend warrior to professional athlete. This is accomplished through a team of specialized physicians, orthopedic surgeons, and athletic trainers, who have had special training in sports medicine. In addition to general orthopedic specialists, the sports medicine center also has orthopedic physicians who specialize in the hand and spine for high quality care.

Some of the unique services the center offers include:

- Evaluation of sports related injuries with treatment ranging from rehabilitation to surgical reconstruction.

- Treatment of overuse conditions such as muscle strain, tendonitis, shin splints, and tennis elbow.

- Evaluation and management of adolescent sports injuries.

- Advanced imaging services, including MRI and CT interpreted by radiologists with extensive experience in musculoskeletal injuries.

- Certified athletic trainers at 20 high schools in Broward County public schools, and three private high schools.

The Sports Medicine Program provides a wide range of community outreach services, from free pre-participation physicals for high school athletes to coverage by certified athletic trainers at community events to protect and treat athletes of all ages.

As exclusive provider of sports medicine for the School Board of Broward County, Broward Health’s Sports Medicine Program conducted more than 1,200 high school physicals last year.

For all your sport medicine needs, call 954-344-3180.