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Common Summertime Orthopaedic Injuries: Knee, Shoulder, and Ankle

by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates

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Common Summertime Orthopaedic Injuries: Knee, Shoulder, and Ankle

by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates

Common Sports and Orthopaedic Injuries of Summer: Knee, Shoulder, and Ankle:

Summertime brings a range of activities, but it also increases the risk of orthopaedic injuries. Let's dive into the most common summertime injuries and how they can happen, and what you can do to prevent them:

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Knee Injuries:

Knee pain can be a common concern during the summer, particularly for those engaged in outdoor activities and sports.

ACL tears occur when the ligament connecting the thigh bone to the shin bone is stretched or torn due to sudden stops or changes in direction.

Meniscus tears, on the other hand, result from twisting or forceful impact, leading to cartilage damage within the knee joint.

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), also known as runner's knee, causes discomfort around the kneecap, typically associated with repetitive knee bending or overuse.

Summer Shoulder Injuries:

Engaging in sports and outdoor pursuits heightens the risk of shoulder injuries.

Rotator cuff tears are prevalent, involving damage or tears to the tendons supporting the shoulder joint due to repetitive overhead movements or sudden trauma.

Shoulder dislocations occur when the upper arm bone's ball-shaped head dislodges from the shoulder socket, often caused by falls or intense physical contact.

Shoulder impingement syndrome results from inflamed or irritated tendons in the rotator cuff, typically due to repetitive overhead activities or poor posture.

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Summer Ankle Injuries:

Outdoor activities and sports can also pose risks for ankle injuries.

Ankle sprains and strains frequently occur from missteps, falls, or sudden twists during physical activities. These injuries involve stretched or torn ligaments surrounding the ankle joint.

Achilles tendonitis, characterized by inflammation or irritation of the Achilles tendon, often arises from overuse or repetitive stress.

Additionally, ankle fractures can result from falls during water sports, hiking accidents, or tripping on uneven terrain, leading to the breaking of ankle bones.


We always recommend seeing a proven, licensed professional before you suspect you have any knee or sports-related injury. If you suspect a knee, shoulder, or ankle injury, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention. Our physicians at Princeton Orthopaedic Associates will conduct a thorough physical examination, assess symptoms and medical history, and may order diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays, MRIs, or ultrasound scans for an accurate diagnosis. Consulting with an orthopedic specialist or a sports medicine physician is recommended to receive a tailored treatment plan. Treatment options may include rest, immobilization, physical therapy, or, in severe cases, surgery. Timely evaluation and accurate diagnosis are essential for effective treatment and successful recovery.

By understanding these common summer orthopaedic injuries and promptly seeking professional care, you can ensure appropriate treatment and make a smooth return to enjoying your favorite summertime activities.

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