Jonathan Wigderson, DO, Orthopedic Surgeon on staff at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital
"As doctors, we never have to motivate athletes to get better," says Jonathan Wigderson, DO, an orthopedic surgeon with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.
"We're usually asking them to slow down to allow their injury to heal."
From basketball to cycling, Dr. Wigderson
says every sport comes with a risk for injury.
Fortunately, Adventist Midwest Health
has a variety of resources to help athletes prevent injuries and recover from them if they do occur.
outlines two of the most common summer sports injuries:
Ankle sprains are especially common in basketball players and runners.
One wrong move, like stepping on another player's foot or running on uneven ground, can result in the stretching or tearing of ligaments.
"During a sprain, you're pulling the stabilizing component of the joint," Dr. Wigderson
"During an injury, inflammation often occurs which increases swelling, pain and stiffness," Dr. Wigderson
"Studies also show that surgical knee reconstruction can prevent early degeneration in the joint," Dr. Wigderson
Don't ignore a sports injury
No matter what the injury, men are known for playing through the pain.
says the worst thing someone can do is ignore a sports injury.
"Many people have old injuries that occasionally flare up; they usually know what the injury is but put off fixing it," he
However, Dr. Wigderson
says you shouldn't speed though your recovery.
"Take things slow and gradually build up your strength," he