Soft-tissue injections: yay or nay? Part 2

By |2020-01-07T09:01:47-05:00January 7th, 2020|Athletic treatments, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Health, Sports|

Make you sure check out Part 1 of this series for background information! In the previous blog, we discussed costs and benefits of soft-tissue injections – specifically reviewing corticosteroid injections. Here we will discuss costs and benefits of 2 other soft-tissue injections: local anesthetic and Toradol. What are local anesthetics? To refresh, soft-tissue injections interfere with the normal healing process in order to get an athlete to return to play sooner. With local anesthetics, there is disruption to axonal nerve conduction (7, 24). What this does is it allows immediate pain relief for an athlete. There are a variety of [...]

Soft-tissue injections: yay or nay? Part 1

By |2020-01-07T09:02:37-05:00January 6th, 2020|Baseball, Basketball, Football, Sports|

Being an athlete means bumps, bruises and strain on your body. In sports medicine, it is common practice to use soft-tissue injections to help relieve pain and/or inflammation caused by athletic activity. Soft-tissue injections are typically done into or near a muscle, tendon, bursa and/or fascia. Though this practice is widely accepted, there are potential serious side effects – especially in the pre-game setting. (16) Typical muscle injuries found in sports include strains and contusions (16). Contusions can result from blunt trauma (16). For example, a player tackling an opponent. Muscle strains can result from continuous/vigorous muscle contractions. For example, [...]

National Football League Preview: It’s All About Health

By |2017-08-24T09:04:14-05:00August 21st, 2017|Football, Health, Sports|

Mercifully, the National Football League season is almost upon us. Real games are only 11 days away. As the great blogger PFT Commenter asks, how are you preparing for the NFL season? I have written before about injuries in the NBA. Today, let's turn our focus to the National Football League. Michael Lombardi, the former General Manager of the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns and an assistant to Bill Belichick in New England, tweeted an eloquent yet simple message today. Lombardi wrote: To get good at football, you've got to practice football; unfortunately, there's seemingly no way to play football [...]