You live in three dimensions — whether you’re in the water or flying through the air on your way down. You smell that chlorine and you’re at home. But as much as you may feel like you’re part fish, human bodies aren’t naturally built for the kind of hardcore swimming that you do. Everything about your sport comes down to overcoming biology — and sometimes, your body is not happy about it. If that pain you’re feeling is more than a little lactic acid buildup, it’s time to call in the professionals.
The most common orthopaedic swimming injuries affect the shoulders, as this is where most swimmers tend to overexert themselves. However, breaststrokers in particular may be prone to knee injuries as well (breaststroker’s knee), and dolphin kicks may increase the risk of lower back pain or disc problems. Orthopaedic diving injuries may affect the spine as a result of improper entry into the water, although the feet, ankles and knees can also be injured by dives that require advanced acrobatics.
At Andrews Sports Medicine, you’ll have access to some of the top sports medicine doctors in the world. We provide surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for swimming and diving injuries of all types, including:
- Shoulder Impingement
- Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
- Spondylolysis/Lumbar Stress Reaction
- Scapulothoracic Dysfunction
- Foot and Ankle Tendonitis
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
- Shoulder Labral Tear
Your orthopaedic treatment will include injury prevention counseling to help you get back to the water and avoid future orthopaedic problems. Our sports medicine physicians work extensively in the field of injury prevention research and education.
If you’ve sustained swimming or diving injuries, call us today at (205) 939-3699 or request an appointment using our online form. You can also check out our Physician Finder for a sports medicine doctor that specializes in your type of condition.
Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center’s team of elite sports medicine physicians helps swimmers of all ages recover from swimming and diving injuries in AL.