Most Common Injuries For Women
Injuries are a common occurrence for athletes or children, but many people do not consider the injuries women are specifically prone to. Here are common injuries for women that may help you take preventative measures against them.
Just like men and children, women are often victims of the dreaded sports injuries. It turns out, women athletes tear their ACL at a rate 2 – 8 times higher than men. Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries are commonly caused by twisting forces at the knee joint, whilst the foot is fixed. Professionals do not know exactly why women have more problems with their ACL, although anatomical differences such as the increased Q angle and differences in muscle balance have been suggested, as well as altered hormone levels.
Patellofemoral (Knee) Pain:
Patellofemoral pain is simply knee pain that gets even worse when you’re walking down the stairs or sitting for a long period of time. It’s caused by mal-tracking of the kneecap, where it usually moves too far to the outside of the joint, rather than straight up and down in the groove in which it sits. Again, in women, the increased Q angle is usually a large factor, affecting the alignment of the knee joint. Other common causes include tight lateral structures such as the IT band and lateral fascia, as well as a weak or misfiring VMO (Vastus Medialis Oblique) muscle and overpronation.
When you think of concussions, you might think of the movie starring Will Smith, and Football in general. However, some studies show that adult women may especially be at risk of concussion due to their smaller frames and neck muscles. What's more, your risk for concussion may increase with age since brain matter shrinks over time and, when there's less brain in your skull, there's more room for it to bounce upon impact. If you experience headaches, dizziness, or nausea after a fall or hit, call your doctor.
Women are twice as prone to ankle sprains, an injury that occurs when you damage a ligament in the ankle, then men are. It’s no surprise that ankle sprains cause swelling and pain. Anytime you plant your foot and twist too quickly it can result in a sprain. If you feel something rip or break, contact 911 or an urgent emergency doctor.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome always seems to be brought up, but what is it? It’s the compression of the medial nerve within the carpal tunnel at the wrist. This causes pain, tingling, burning and weakness in the hand, which is often worse at night. Many things may contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome, although in women, it is most frequently due to fluid retention during pregnancy. Furthermore, women have a naturally smaller carpal tunnel, predisposing them to the condition. Whilst it is difficult to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome when due to bone structure or pregnancy, avoiding repetitive wrist movements and aiding fluid drainage through elevation, ice and compression may be effective.
We hope this gave you a better insight into what injuries that are most common for women. If you are ever faced with one of these injuries, we are here if you need an MRI to diagnose your concern.