Sports injuries occur to professional athletes and amateur participants alike. No matter how the sports injury was received, recovery can often be slow and frustrating. At Multi-Care Medical, we can incorporate orthopedic evaluations, pain management consultations, physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments and deep tissue massage to eliminate pain, improve mobility and increase flexibility and range of motion.
Treating sports injuries as soon as they occur, not only hastens the healing process, but also helps to protect against repeat injuries. Here are five common sports injuries.
Fractures can be caused by any number of sporting accidents. Not having the proper equipment, improper warm-up and poor technique are well known causes. A fracture occurs when a bone breaks. Hairline, stress and green break fractures are not clean breaks because the bone does not split into two parts. In most cases, the injured area is placed in a cast to keep it immobile until the bone knits back together and this is an orthopedic service that Multi-Care Medical provides to our patients. We can also help with pain management.
Once the bone has healed, physical therapy, massage therapy and other types of treatment can be used to help the affected area regain strength and mobility. We can also cast these injuries and help with pain management.
Shin splints are common in runners and athletes and this type of sports injury can be extremely painful. Wrapping the leg, deep tissue massage and physical therapy can be beneficial, but rest is normally the best part of the treatment plan. Shin splints can be accompanied by inflammation and stiffness of the knee and ankle depending on how severe the injury. Anti-inflammatory medications are often used to help control pain and reduce swelling in and around the area. Our orthopedic staff at Multi Care Medical can prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to assist in the healing process.
Dislocations are common injuries that occur during athletic activities. In some cases, the dislocation remedies itself, if it is not too severe. If it doesn’t, the person should be seen immediately by a medical professional. At Multi-Care, our orthopedic team can carefully re-locate the bone and stabilize the injured area as treatments for a dislocated joint. We can also assist with pain management.
Physical therapy, deep tissue massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments can help relieve the pain and discomfort associated with this type of sports injury. Anti-inflammatory medications are also used to help reduce inflammation and relieve discomfort.
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains are common athletic injuries and not properly warming up, over-exertion and not getting enough rest are common causes. Sprains and strains are caused by tendons or ligaments being torn or stretched beyond normal limits. They can be extremely painful and, unlike muscles and bones, will take longer to heal. Caring for a sprain or strain immediately after it occurs is extremely important. By stabilizing the joint or injured area and allowing it to rest, the tissues will begin to heal. The use of physical therapy or deep tissue massage will also help to strengthen the injured area during the healing process.
Knee and Ankle Injuries
Knee and ankle related injuries often occur in sports where a person is required to run, pivot, stop quickly or use agility to maneuver around objects or people. Stabilizing the joint and providing proper support will allow the injury to begin to heal. Physical therapy, deep tissue massage and chiropractic therapy can also help to keep the body in balance and strengthen the injured areas within the body.
Because the ankles and knees bear the weight of the body when a person walks, they have an extremely high risk of being re-injured. To prevent further damage to the affected joint, it is important to seek medical care as soon as possible after the injury.
Our team of orthopedics consists of extremity physicians who only work on knees, ankle, and shoulders as well as spine surgeons who focus on specifically the neck and back areas. Know that you are in the right hands when being seen at Multi-Care Medical.
If you have suffered an injury, whether it be from an athletic activity, a vehicle accident, a work related injury or a slip-and-fall accident, contact Multi-Care Medical in Pembroke Pines or Multi-Care Orthopedics and Spinal Rehabilitation in Cape Coral or Fort Myers. We can help you get on the road to recovery and complete healing. Don’t wait to address an injury, as waiting to treat an injury increases your risk of damage and re-injury and longer healing process.
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