March Madness is in full effect, and tournament brackets are circulating through the office. Not only is basketball dominating our televisions, but the warm weather is drawing even the most casual fans of the sport outside to play. As we age even into our 30s and 40s, stiffening in our tendons and ligaments can cause increased injuries, especially the Achilles tendon and the ACL which are key in playing basketball. The Achilles is attached to the heel bone and the calf muscle, and the ACL attaches our femur to the tibia through the knee. A very important ligament, the ACL gives our knee stability while the Achilles allows us to run, shoot and rebound in basketball.
In order to prevent injuries in what might be just an innocent pick-up game, be sure to stretch, warm up properly and wear supportive shoes. Frequent exercise to strengthen the ankles, knees and legs is also imperative to staying healthy and fit and mitigating risk for injury.
If you do happen to be injured on the court or hear the notorious snap of a ruptured Achilles, Dr. Geoff Collins at Collins Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Lake Charles is here for you. ACL and Achilles injuries can be severe and often require surgery. Your recovery requires physical therapy and can take up to six months to regain your strength and range of motion. But rest assured you’ll be in the best care. Dr. Collins is passionate about getting his patients back to playing the sports they love and keeping you on top of your game.
Get back in the game. Call 337-508-0356 or click geoffcollinsmd.com.