Common Missed or Misdiagnosed Sports Injuries
1. ConcussionA severe impact or blow to the head can result in a jarring of the brain that has both short-term and long-term consequences. If left untreated, a concussion can lead to a slow brain bleed. Repeated concussions can cause extensive damage and can lead to long-term problems with memory or other brain functions. A head injury should always be checked out by a physician.
Achilles tendon is a large and vulnerably situated tendon. It joins the two calf muscles (gastrocnemius and the soleus) to the heel bone (calcaneous). A rupture occurs when the tendon is partially or completely separated. Because a partial rupture can result in very little pain, it is often misdiagnosed as a calf strain, or sprain. A classic sign of an Achilles tendon rupture is a "popping" sound and a sharp pain in the back of the lower leg. Because this injury does not heal on its own, it is important to see a physician to confirm the diagnosis.
sprain or a collateral ligament knee strain, this injury is common in sports that require abrupt stops and turns, such as soccer, football and basketball. An ACL tear most often requires surgical repair and extensive rehabilitation, so a visit to a physician is critical.
sprain, it is often overlooked and may be misdiagnosed. Proper diagnosis and treatment is essential for healing. overuse or overtraining injury. Stress fractures occur when muscles become fatigued or overloaded and can no longer absorb the stress or shock and repeated impact. Fatigued muscles transfer that stress to the nearby bone and the result is a small crack (fracture) in the bone. They are common in runners who have recently increased the time or intensity of their exercise. It is often diagnosed initially as shin splints, or muscle strain or tendinitis. This injury is only healed by rest. If left untreated, chronic problems can occur. A trip to a physician is essential to diagnose this injury.
Source: The U.S. Market for First Aid and Sports Medicine Products Report, Mar. 1, 2004