Sharjah, UAE: About 20 people seek treatment for sports injuries daily at the University Hospital Sharjah (UHS), a doctor said on Saturday.
Dr Ahmed Abaub, consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon at UHS, said “improper training” is often to blame for sports-related injuries.
“Although there are multiple factors which cause sports injuries, many patients take up recreational sports without proper coaching. The most common knee injuries are meniscal tear worn cartilages and torn cruciate ligament,” he said.
“The culture in the gym … often … encourages you to go beyond your limits. Many gym users hold themselves to the motto: ‘No pain, no gain.
“The problem is when people exert themselves to build their muscles in an unreasonably short period of time. Trainers should be selected to demonstrate proper exercises and techniques without overloading gym users,” Dr Abaub added.
Doctors have also noted that obesity is a common factor in knee problems, making weight management a key way to avoid joint disorders over time.
The Orthopaedic Surgery Unit at the hospital also receives a significant number of elderly patients with knee problems related to the weakening of cartilage over time.
Dr Abaub noted that most middle-aged patients wait until late stages of their knee problems, when the only recourse is to replace the worn-out knee with a prosthetic replacement. Women, he noted, are particularly prone to neglecting knee problems, which can prolong the surgery required to remedy the problems.
“UHS recommends periodic checks for osteoporosis, which can weaken bones. Osteoporosis is common in older women. Hips, wrists and spinal bones are common sites for osteoporosis-related fractures,” the hospital said in a Press statement.
The hospital also suggested that residents check for signs of thyroid problems and vitamin D deficiency, which is rampant in this region because people tend to remain indoors.
Women in their 40s should be “specially vigilant” of their vitamin D levels, as their natural hormones may be unable to protect them once they enter perimenopause.
© Khaleej TimesAug 2015