The winters are long in Minnesota, but we make the best of them by being outside as much as possible – in spite of the cold. Winter sports like skiing, hockey, and broomball are quite common in the state of Minnesota. But just like any other sport, there is the possibility of injury and pain. In this article, we are going to talk about a few of the more common injuries that a person can sustain while playing winter sports in Minnesota. We’ll also offer some pain management tips for these injuries.
Hockey is one of the more physically intense sports ever invented. As a result, there are a lot of injuries associated with the sport including, shoulder dislocations, ligament tears in the knee, herniated spinal discs, and more. Hockey also involves a lot of elbow and shoulder movements (checking, passing the puck, etc.). Over time these small actions can add up to overuse conditions like tennis elbow.
Broomball is a popular amateur sport in Minnesota that’s very similar to hockey but without skates and with a ball rather than a puck. As a result many of the injuries associated with hockey also apply to broomball. Additionally, leg and ankle injuries are more common with broomball as falls are much more common than in hockey.
Skiing can lead to a variety of severe injuries caused by falls on the slopes. Broken bones, fractures, dislocations, and sprains are all common among avid skiers. In addition to potential severe injuries related to falls, skiing is also very hard on the knees. Over years of skiing, this can add up to degenerative arthritis and related knee pain.
Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN provides acute and chronic pain care to patients throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding metro area. Our pain care providers have over twenty years of experience treating patients for all types of winter sports injuries – from back injuries to whiplash. We are also trained in the most innovative procedures, including regenerative medicine injections (PRP and prolotherapy). Contact our Edina pain management clinic today to set up your appointment with one of our board certified pain physicians.