Sports Injury Doctor Questions and Answers
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Whether you are playing a sport that you love or just enjoying getting some extracurricular physical activity in, an injury is the last thing that anyone wants to have happened in such circumstances. However, due to the physical nature of many sports, that is not always avoidable. With that in mind, if you do experience a sports injury, our sports injury doctors at Sunshine State Medical would be pleased to provide you with high-quality treatment!
What is a sports injury?
A sports injury occurs due to participation in athletic activity, such as exercise or various sports. With that in mind, sports injuries commonly involve the musculoskeletal system, which includes your bones, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. However, they can also include concussions and other types of injuries. Such injuries can occur due to lack of condition, overexertion, incorrect form or technique, overtraining, or accidental or awkward falls.
Some common sports injuries include the following:
- Ankle sprain
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear or strain, which is located in the knee
- Dislocated shoulder
- Groin pull
- Hamstring strain
- Hip flexor strain
- Patellofemoral syndrome, which is a repetitive strain knee injury
- Plantar fasciitis
- Rotator cuff tear or strain
- Shin splints
- Tennis elbow, known medically as epicondylitis
What kind of doctor treats sports injuries?
There are several different kinds of doctors who can provide treatment for sports injuries, including sports medicine physicians, orthopedic doctors, podiatric doctors, neurologists, or chiropractic doctors.
Often the type of sports injury suffered will determine the kind of doctor who provides the treatment. As such, a neurologist may be necessary for a concussion, while a podiatric doctor may be best for a foot or ankle injury. In general, chiropractic doctors and orthopedic physicians can treat any musculoskeletal sports injury involving the bones, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and tendons. Sports medicine physicians are also trained to provide treatment for any sports-related injury.
How do you heal a sports injury?
While the healing process and treatment for a sports injury vary to some extent according to the type of injury suffered, there are some practices that any sports injury requires for healing.
With that in mind, every sports injury requires adequate rest and protection for healing. Depending on the injury, protection can involve direct support, bracing, or avoidance of things that aggravate the injury. Resting the injured area is also essential to proper healing and avoiding further damage, especially at the beginning of the healing process.
Other things that can be helpful for a sports injury include ice, compression, and elevation to help reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Once the injury has healed enough, physical therapy and rehabilitation can also help restore the injured part of the body to regular function.
In addition to the above healing methods for sports injuries, chiropractic care can also help with healing once the injury has regained a certain amount of strength and durability. Chiropractic care for sports injuries can help isolate the root cause of any pain or dysfunction and improve symptoms through joint manipulation and mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, rehabilitative and individual exercises, and other modalities.
What is the first aid for sports injury?
First aid for a sports injury varies slightly according to the type of injury suffered. With that being said, the primary goal with first aid for any sports injury is to stop the activity that caused the injury and prevent further damage from occurring. As such, first aid for a sports injury typically involves supporting the injured part of the body and ensuring the individual is safe from anything that could worsen the damage. If you would like to know more about providing first aid for sports injuries, our medical doctors and chiropractic doctors at Sunshine State Medical would be pleased to provide you with excellent information and guidance on the subject.
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