How To Deal With A Sports Injury

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 A common question is "how to deal with a sports injury?"  Treatment of sports injuries is not always an easy thing to do.  Some sports injuries occur after a single, specific injury.  However, most sports injuries are due to chronic overuse.  Common types of sports injuries include shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle injuries. 

First line management of a sports injury should include RICE- Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.  In addition, over-the-counter anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen or naproxen can help with pain and swelling.  Recovery after a sports injury can be longer than most people think.  A recommended period of rest for 3-6 weeks before slowly restarting sporting activities.  Listen to your body.  Pain is the best indicator that something could be wrong.

If you continue to have pain after these treatment methods, seeking help from a medical professional is a good idea.  The best way to avoid sports injuries is prevention.  A good workout regimen with strengthening of stabilizing muscles can help prevent injuries.  Moderation is always a good rule of thumb as well.

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