Some outdoor activities can only be enjoyed in winters like sledding, ice skating, downhill skiing, and many more. Plus, many people love to enjoy these with their family and friends. These activities are known to provide many health benefits like improving cardiovascular health.

Along with health benefits, these sports activities also possess a risk of injuries, and this is common with most sports. Orthopedic injuries are reported the most in people who engage in winter sports activities. Some injuries are mild, and they can be fixed using non-operative procedures like medication, rest, and targeted physical therapy. While on the other hand, some injuries could be serious, and they require surgery. Surgical intervention is often carried out using Orthopedic Implants & Instruments.

In this post, we are going to discuss orthopedic issues that may arise in winters more.

Sports-Related Orthopedic Injuries Seen in Winters

Injuries are unexpected, and they could occur anytime without any warning signs. Some injuries are common in summers while some in winters, here, we will see the ones noticed most in winters.

Torn ACL

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is known to be the major ligament that stabilizes our knee. Considering this fact, any injury occurring to this ligament could make the knee unstable. Winter sports activities like downhill skiing may result in torn ACL due to sudden stopping or twisting of the knee.

These injuries are common in people who participate in such sports, and they often require ACL reconstruction surgery to stabilize the knee. During the surgery, the surgeon removes the torn ligament and places a tendon by taking it from another part of the body.

Torn Meniscus

A torn meniscus is counted among the common knee injuries, and people engaged in winter-sports activities are on the list of those who experience this condition.

There are two C-shaped meniscuses in our knee, one is present in the inside knee compartment and another on the outside knee compartment. Such injuries occur due to sudden twisting or rotation of the knee. Torn meniscus limits the movement of the knee, and the affected person will experience pain while moving the knee. Common symptoms indicating torn meniscus include:

  • Swelling or stiffness around the knee
  • Pain while moving the knee
  • Inability to completely straighten the knee

 

Wrist Fracture

Another common injury that is seen during winter sports activities is wrist fracture. Our wrists have numerous small bones, and in the case of fracture, anyone could break. Falling awkwardly while playing sports or a sudden impact could result in a wrist fracture.

Another reason why wrist fractures are common is that people try to break a fall with their hands, and in that process, wrist bones could break.

Depending upon the severity of the break, the condition can be fixed with the application of a splint or a cast. In severe cases, the fractured bone fragments are stabilized using metal plates, wires, pins, and other trauma implants.

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