Among orthopedic professionals, the differences in physiology between men and women are widely recognized from the diagnosis to the treatment of various sports-related injuries and illnesses. This is especially true for the symptoms that may require the help of an orthopedic professional.
For example, orthopedic studies have shown that women in general have a higher incidence of hip fractures related to osteoporosis than men. But women have a lower rate of mortality with osteoporosis-related hip fractures. Sports medicine professionals also tend to agree on the following:
- Women have higher incidence of anterior cruciate ligament injuries (ACL) than men by as much as 2-8 times
- Women are 5-8 times more likely than their male counterparts to experience ACL injuries in soccer and basketball, among other high-intensity sports requiring sudden changes in motion
- Women are more likely to experience ankle sprains and osteoarthritis of knee
- Men are more likely to experience fractures in the metacarpal and phalangeal bones
When doctors are able to acknowledge the risks of orthopedic injuries that male and female athletes face, you and your doctor can more effectively discuss prevention and treatment measures based on your gender. You should discuss the gender-related sports injuries with your Healthpointe doctor in any of our clinics, such as our Anaheim clinic; we are also open for patients from the Fullerton, Placentia, Villa Park, Buena Park, Cypress, Cerritos, and Garden Grove areas.
It must be noted that female athletes have a higher risk of orthopedic injuries because of the intensity of their activities. It should also be emphasized that low energy availability can be the result of inadequate calorie intake and spending more energy than the body can handle, as is the case in eating disorders and intense sports activity. Any combination of these health-related conditions will also increase the risk for faster bone loss in women.
Sports medicine professionals strongly recommend a proper balance between good nutrition and energy expenditure to reduce the risks for musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses among athletes.
Get more information about orthopedic and sports medicine injuries and physical therapy among athletes from our orthopedic professionals at any of our clinics, such as the La Mirada clinic, which is open for Whittier, La Habra, Norwalk, Cerritos, Buena Park, and Santa Fe Springs patients.
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