Sports Medicine Treatment for Common Injuries

Sports medicine can treat several types of common sports injuries, such as strains, sprains and others. There are many different causes of these injuries, including accidents, a lack of training, not using protective equipment correctly, and several others. Here are some of the typical treatments associated with common sports problems.

Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (R.I.C.E.)

One of the tried-and-true sports medicine treatments is also one of the most basic - R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression and elevation). Obviously, you need to rest after suffering any sort of injury so that the affected area can heal as quickly as possible. Ice is often used to control swelling and also to reduce pain. It is very important, however, that you never apply ice directly to the skin. Wrap ice in a towel or use an ice pack. If you are in a pinch, you could even use a package of frozen peas. Compression using a splint, elastic wrap, etc. can also reduce swelling. Finally, your doctor will recommend that you elevate the injured area above the level of your heart, which will reduce pain and swelling even more.

Common Injuries

If you suffer an injury to your foot or ankle, physical therapy, injections or surgery may be needed, depending on the severity of your problem. Another common injury that requires sports medicine treatment is a shoulder problem such as a dislocation or a torn ligament. Conservative treatments will be tried first, such as pain medication and possibly physical therapy. If these do not work, however, surgery may be required. Surgery is often needed for major hip or knee injuries.

In order to avoid a sports injury, make sure you properly stretch before a workout and avoid the playing field if you are either tired or hurt. If you need sports medicine treatment, the experts with Questcare Medical Clinic can help. Contac your nearest location to learn more about the many services we offer.