by Alfred M. Faulkner, DO, PC on July 28, 2022Now that summer is upon us, children, teens and adults are enjoying warm-weather sports. From baseball and volleyball to water sports, fun in the Michigan sun offers ample opportunity to get moving and enjoy the summer. However, these summer sports and activities can increase your risk of injury, and even yardwork poses a threat to your joints. Dr. Alfred Faulkner is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in Jackson and Dearborn who handles many cases of summer orthopedic injuries each year. 1. Shoulder InjuriesBeach volleyball, swimming and baseball involve a lot of shoulder movement. Rotator cuff tears, strains and other shoulder pains can easily happen if a pitch is thrown incorrectly. Volleyball players use repetitive arm motions when serving and spiking the ball, and swimmers can experience an injury from the repeated overhead motion involved in backstroke and freestyle. These shoulder injuries can lead to inflammation and pain and may take you out of the game or pool before you’re ready. 2. ACL InjuriesKnee injuries are common in the summer due to sports and outdoor projects. If you’re not careful, a knee injury could keep you laid up for the rest of the summer. Soccer, baseball and football are the biggest culprits behind an ACL injury. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can be damaged when the leg is overextended or the knee is twisted beyond its capacity. 3. MCL TearsThe knee’s medial collateral ligament (MCL) is another common summer sports injury. MCL injuries are less severe than ACL traumas and often heal themselves. These tears occur when your knee collapses inward, typically from getting hit or tackled, or when your foot catches the ground when you try to kick a soccer ball. Preventing Orthopedic Injuries This SummerWarming up and stretching are critical to avoiding injury. You want to make sure you use proper form when you’re playing any sport to prevent shoulder and knee injuries, and remember to take care of the area after an injury. RICE (rest, ice, compress, elevate) is the best way to heal from orthopedic injuries. Your body needs time to heal, and the ice, compression and elevation help reduce tension and swelling. If you have significant pain or throbbing in the injured area, anti-inflammatory medications sold over the counter can improve your discomfort. Consult an Orthopedic SurgeonIf you’ve rested your body and tried the recommended at-home treatments but still experience pain, you need to consult an orthopedic doctor. A brace or physical therapy may be necessary to correct your injury, and sometimes orthopedic surgery is required to fix the issue. Contact Dr. Faulkner in Jackson and Dearborn, Michigan, today to schedule your appointment at Michigan Bone Doctor.