From minor muscle sprains to cartilage tears, sports injuries can cause you to lose valuable time on the playing field and at the gym. Luckily, a variety of sports injury treatment is available that can help you manage and heal a range of symptoms you may be experiencing, as well as prevent further injury. With treatment, you can get back to playing and doing your favorite activities in a healthy way.
Sports injury diagnosis and treatment can be provided by orthopedic specialists, primary care doctors, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals trained in sports medicine. To properly diagnose a sports injury, a health history and physical exam will be completed. Imaging procedures may be helpful in confirming the specific cause of the issue. The recommended treatment can vary depending on the type and severity of the injury.
For minor sprains or strains that have recently occurred, the RICE method of Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation is often recommended along with taking anti-inflammatory medication. When using this method, doctors may recommend that you take a break from your sport for a set period of time, and they will tell you how to apply ice to the affected area. You may be offered a splint or other type of bandage or athletic tape to wear, particularly at night, so that the area can be supported. Athletic taping, which involves stabilizing the affected area with special tape that is wrapped in a specific way, can help make gentle movement more comfortable for the patient.
Physical therapy is usually the next line of treatment, and it can be especially beneficial for patients who have more long-standing injuries such as repetitive strain injuries or overuse syndrome. The physical therapist may recommend specific exercises to strengthen and lengthen the muscles of the damaged area. Massage, ultrasound, and acupuncture can also be incorporated into treatments to enhance recovery. New methods of treatment, including scar tissue release therapy, often help patients with chronic conditions. Occasionally, steroid injections may be recommended in cases that are slow to respond to other treatments.
If you have an athletic injury, we can provide numerous options for your sports injury treatment. Our medical team will listen to your concerns, diagnose your injury, and provide treatment recommendations and follow-up care for your unique situation. Contact Olsen Orthopedics today to schedule a consultation! We will support you throughout your recovery and help you get back to the gym and the playing field. Our office is located in Oklahoma City.