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Low or High? The Vast Difference Between Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains come in more than one variety and can involve more than just the ankle joint. The type of sprain depends on the position of the foot at the time of injury as well as the nature of the force involved. The greatest distinction is between the more typical sprain and the high ankle sprain, an entirely different injury.

The typical ankle sprain

The most common sprain,

Rob Gronkowski: Back Under The Knife

imagesRob Gronkowski, 24-year-old New England Patriot tight end, is scheduled to undergo back surgery tomorrow to address chronic back pain. It will be his seventh surgery, and the second to his back, the first, having been a microdiscectomy, performed in 2009 while still a student at Arizona. This procedure is generally performed to decompress a nerve in the low back in order to relieve nerve pain that radiates to one or both of the lower extremities.

The specific nature of tomorrow’s procedure has not been disclosed, though Brett Logiurato of SI.com reported that a recent MRI revealed damage to a disc other than the already injured one that had supposedly caused Gronkowski’s distress last season.

Insight On Ike Davis

images-17Mets first baseman Ike Davis left the game on May 10th after limping off the field following a fifth inning infield collision. Somehow, though initial reports seemed clear on the fact that Davis had suffered a calf strain, a subsequent MRI revealed evidence of an ankle sprain and bone bruise in the ankle joint. It is highly unlikely that one of these injuries was mistaken for the other, and the MRI was undoubtedly ordered to assess the extent of damage – a wise precaution. However, as for the mystery? That is tough to figure.

The Lowdown On Injured Stars Sanchez And Cutler

images-5Let’s start with Jay Cutler who, according to NFL writers, was diagnosed with a Grade II MCL sprain. Cutler sustained the injury in the NFC Championship game against Green Bay, and came under fire from many players and media types for exiting the game early in the second half.

I know football players are tough, and Cutler, who has type I diabetes, supposedly wanted to continue to play. The reaction, possibly prompted by his poor performance in the first half, seems unjustified. How can anyone, player or otherwise, presume to know exactly what another player feels, or anticipate how the injured athlete might tolerate competition.

There are nuances to each injury, as well as to pain tolerance. There are also those who play through injury and undue pain to their own disadvantage, or even that of the team, whether short or long term.

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