Sports injuries are a leading cause of pain worldwide. From athletes and regular gym goers to sports enthusiasts, anyone can experience an injury. The pain can be debilitating. While some injuries are relatively easy to treat at home, others can keep you in bed for months. In the worst case scenario, you may require surgery.
What Causes Sports Injuries?
Most injuries in sports result from repetitive overuse of muscles and joints. Trauma, overtraining, improper or no warm-ups, and faulty equipment are all common causes.
Working out too hard or for too long, for example, increases your risk of injury. Your muscles and joints don’t have enough time to recover from training, so they may not be able to keep up with demands of intense physical activity.
Some sports, especially those that involve repetitive movements, are more likely to cause overuse injuries, such as shin splints, runner’s knee, tennis elbow, or Achilles tendinitis. This type of injury is due to micro traumatic damage to the muscles, bones, or tendons, and tends to occur gradually. In addition to pain, which can be acute or chronic, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Swelling in the affected area
- Impaired muscle function
- Warmth to touch
- Weakness in the arms and legs
- Difficulty moving a joint through its full range of motion
- Stiff muscles or joints
In severe cases, sports injuries may cause numbness, tingling, or visible dislocation of a bone. The pain can be constant or only occur during training or movement.
What Can You Do about It?
Treatment options for sports injury pain depend on the underlying cause of your symptoms. Hamstring strains, for example, require a different approach than knee pain or degenerative disc disease.
A medical professional can diagnose your condition and recommend the best course of action. At Unique Pain Medicine, we specialize in treating a wide range of injuries, from pulled muscles to IT band syndrome and Achilles tendonitis.
If your pain is bearable, there are a couple of things you can do to relieve it and recover faster from injury. First of all, stop any activity and get more rest. Allow your body to recover and heal itself. Working out through pain will make things worse and cause further injury. Depending on where the pain occurs, consider using a walking stick or crutches.
In case of swelling and redness, apply ice to the affected area. Keep it there for no more than 20 minutes every two hours or so. Wrap the ice in a cloth or towel — don’t apply it directly on your skin. Another thing you can do is to use a bandage or compression garment to reduce swelling and stabilize the injured area.
Beware that some sports injuries require medical treatment. If you feel pain in your neck or spine, go to the ER or contact a medical professional immediately. The same goes for head injuries and deep cuts.
Minor injuries typically respond well to OTC pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs. The downside is that these medications damage the gut flora and carry potential side effects. Even aspirin may cause stomach ulcers, digestive problems, and stomach bleeding.
If the pain and swelling don’t subside within a few days, contact your doctor. In case of a minor injury, your symptoms should go away relatively quickly. Constant pain and discomfort may indicate more serious damage to your muscles or joints. Early treatment will increase your chances of recovery and prevent further complications.
Contact us today at 347-252-6732 to receive the help you need. Our team of experts will assess your symptoms and prescribe appropriate treatment. We use the most advanced medical equipment and procedures to ensure a smooth recovery from sports injuries and other conditions.