Being A Male Or Female Can Affect Your Orthopedic Injury

The fact that being a male or female can affect your orthopedic injury is news to many. There are many differences between males and females, as the difference in muscle mass, bones, and ligaments make each sex more vulnerable to different injuries. Understanding these distinctions can help to prevent future injuries.

Male Vulnerabilities

Most issues with the musculoskeletal system can occur in both men and women, but men are commonly treated for different orthopedic injuries than women.

Hand And Wrist Fractures

Hands and wrists are used throughout the day and even the slightest injury can cause pain and affect our daily activities. Because men engage in working more around the house and using tools more than women, they can suffer more with these types of injuries.

Men also participate in contact sports like football with tackling and struggling with opponents causing more injuries to the hand and wrist.

woman and man in the gym exercising

Soft Tissue Injuries

Men who work physical jobs with constant movement and heavy lifting during the day can cause soft tissue injuries from being worn down over time. This can include tears to the quadriceps in the thighs.

Achilles Tendon Tears

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the ankle bone. Men are 3 times more likely to sustain an Achilles tendon tear than women. Running track, playing football and basketball can all lead to this injury.

Men are also more vulnerable to shoulder dislocations playing football.

Female Vulnerabilities

Women are more vulnerable to different types of injuries for various reasons.

Menopause and changes in estrogen levels can affect women several ways, putting them at higher risk for osteoporosis and hip fractures. There are 300,000 hip fractures a day in those over age 65.

Women are 8 times more likely to have ACL injuries from overuse, including ankle sprains and stress fractures.

Knee osteoporosis, or wear and tear arthritis, is more common in women.

Women suffer more from carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and osteoarthritis. They also have more joint pain from ligament laxity.

Women have a shallow socket in their shoulder, and therefore, have less shoulder stability.

Ankle sprains and bone injuries are twice as common in females.

Word To The Wise

Preventing injury is the goal of every athlete, coach, and parent. Knowing and understanding the different vulnerabilities of men and women, as well as girls and boys, can help with training and maintaining strong healthy bones, ligaments and muscles.

Practice the following:

  • Address mechanical misalignments before they become a problem
  • Strengthen the entire joint by not only working on larger muscles but also smaller ones
  • Use resistance band exercises to work on small muscles
  • Eat a healthy diet

Seek evaluation from OrthoNY if you are experiencing injury or any pain.

Be sure to contact OrthoNY before an issue becomes a real problem or injury. For further questions or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (518) 489-2663, or request an appointment online.