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How To Deal Sports Injury
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.
Dr. Doug Widener of Resurgens Orthopaedics: When a sports injury occurs, athletes often try to ignore the pain or work thru it because they’re afraid to miss the game. And while no athlete wants to sit on the sidelines, not caring for the injury can make the problem worse and you sideline you longer. Here are three things that you can do to have the best chance of getting back in the game faster.
- You need to listen to your body. Pain is your body’s way of saying something is wrong. Stop what you’re doing and quickly move to step two.
- Assess your injury. How do you feel? Are you able to move? Be calm and listen to your body.
- Pick a treatment path based on how you feel. If you're in severe pain, your body is disabled in any way, or you experience numbness consult a Resurgens Orthopaedist or an emergency health care provider immediately.
If you’re not experiencing any of these symptoms, and you believe your injury is mild enough, you can try the following:
- Immediately put an ice pack on the injured area.
- Rest. Give your body a break.
- Start the rehabilitation process with a Resurgens Sports Medicine specialist and ease your way back into action.
Follow these steps and get back in the game faster. Schedule an appointment with Resurgens Orthopaedics today!