It is estimated that 40% of all sports related injuries involve the face. We have extensive training and experience in both the surgical and nonsurgical management of facial trauma and sports related injuries involving the face and neck.
The face is the most vulnerable area of the body and is usually the least protected. Sports related facial injuries account for 8% of all facial soft tissue injuries and it is estimated that up to 40% of all sports injuries involved in the face. These injuries are most often due to a direct hit with the ball or player-to-player contact.
The most common types of sports related facial trauma are soft tissue injuries and fractures of the “T-Zone” bones (the nose, the cheek bone, and the jaw). These injuries often occur in combination. Depending on the extent and type of injury, some injuries can be managed at the sporting event site, with the athlete resuming play immediately. Other injuries may require transfer to an urgent care setting in management by a specialist.
Proper initial assessment and management of the injury may prevent unfavorable long-term results and permanent facial deformities. Our ultimate goal is for the athlete to recover normal functionality and appearance from facial trauma and return to competition in a timely and safe manner.
Return to Competition
We recognize and understand that injured athletes want to return to competition as soon as possible following an injury. After an injury to the face, it may be necessary to allow time for adequate healing to prevent re-injury and avoid potential long-term complications. In some cases, the use of proper facial protection and special equipment may allow an athlete to resume activities more quickly and reduce the risk of future injury. Proper treatment can also help prevent the development of injury complications such as “cauliflower ear” and nasal obstruction.
Prevention of such injuries begins with wearing proper protective gear and knowledge of how facial injuries occur. All wrestlers should be instructed to wear their headgear anytime they are involved with drilling or live wrestling. Other contact sport athletes generally wear head protection, which is very effective. Despite all best efforts injuries may occur. This may require prompt diagnosis and treatment. Treatment may include medication to control pain and/or infection, as well as surgical correction.
Tonsillitis / Tonsils
What is tonsillitis?
Tonsillitis is an infection or inflammation of the tonsils. The tonsils are balls of lymph tissue on both sides of the throat, above and behind the tongue. They are part of the immune system, which helps the body fight infection.
Tonsillectomy for Tonsil Disorders
Tonsillectomy (ton-sih-LEK-tuh-me) is the surgical removal of the tonsils, two oval-shaped pads of tissue at the back of the throat — one tonsil on each side.
A tonsillectomy was once a common procedure to treat infection and inflammation of the tonsils (tonsillitis). Today, a tonsillectomy is usually performed for sleep-disordered breathing but may still be a treatment when tonsillitis occurs frequently or doesn’t respond to other treatments.
A tonsillectomy may also be necessary to treat breathing and other problems related to enlarged tonsils and to treat rare diseases of the tonsils.
Infectious mononucleosis (mono) is often called the kissing disease. The virus that causes symptoms of mono is transmitted through saliva, so you can get it through kissing, but you can also be exposed through a cough or sneeze, or by sharing a glass or food utensils with someone who has mono. However, mononucleosis isn’t as contagious as some infections, such as the common cold.
You’re most likely to get mononucleosis with all the signs and symptoms if you’re an adolescent or young adult. Young children usually have few symptoms, and the infection often goes unrecognized.
If you have mononucleosis, it’s important to be careful of certain complications such as an enlarged spleen. Rest and adequate fluids are key to recovery.
What is laryngitis?
Laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box, or larynx (say “LAIR-inks”), that causes your voice to become raspy or hoarse.
Laryngitis can be short-term or long-lasting (chronic). Most of the time, it comes on quickly and lasts no more than 2 weeks.Chronic symptoms are those that last 2 weeks or longer. Check with your doctor if your symptoms last longer than 2 weeks. Your laryngitis may be caused by more severe problems.
Sore Throat Remedies
If you are suffering from a severe sore throat, then you are likely searching for sore throat remedies. While some sore throats are easily remedied with over the counter solutions, other situations are much more severe and require the intervention from an expert in ENT. If you have a severe sore throat for an extended period of time, please call for a consultation today.
Swollen Glands/Lymph Nodes
What are swollen glands/swollen lymph nodes?
Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped glands throughout the body. They are part of the lymph system, which carries fluid (lymph fluid), nutrients, and waste material between the body tissues and the bloodstream.
The lymph system is an important part of the immune system, the body’s defense system against disease. The lymph nodes filter lymph fluid as it flows through them, trapping bacteria, viruses, and other foreign substances, which are then destroyed by special white blood cells called lymphocytes.
Lymph nodes may be found singly or in groups. And they may be as small as the head of a pin or as large as an olive. Groups of lymph nodes can be felt in the neck, groin, and underarms. Lymph nodes generally are not tender or painful. Most lymph nodes in the body cannot be felt.
Throat Cancer Symptoms
Throat cancer refers to cancerous tumors that develop in your throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx) or tonsils.
Your throat is a muscular tube that begins behind your nose and ends in your neck. Your voice box sits just below your throat and is also susceptible to throat cancer. The voice box is made of cartilage and contains the vocal cords that vibrate to make sound when you talk. Throat cancer can also affect the piece of cartilage (epiglottis) that acts as a lid for your windpipe. Tonsil cancer, another form of throat cancer, affects the tonsils, which are located on the back of the throat.
Vocal Cord Dysfunction & Voice Problems
What are voice problems?
Voice problems usually include pain or discomfort when you speak or difficulty controlling the pitch, loudness, or quality of your voice.
As you exhale, air gently passes through your throat, across your open vocal cords, and out your mouth and nose. When you speak, your vocal cords close partially as air travels through them, causing vibrations and the unique sound of your voice. Your voice is the result of remarkable and complex interactions involving several body parts—especially the lungs, voice box (larynx), and mouth. Damage to any of these body parts can lead to a voice problem.
The Physicians and Practitioners at Alliance ENT are the top experts in Otolaryngology in Southeastern Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, Waukesha, Franklin, Brookfield, and Wauwatosa. Call today to get all of your questions answered!