Traumatic Sports Injuries Evaluated & Treated in Houston, TX
Exercise and sports are generally viewed as positive, health-enhancing activities. But, it is possible to become injured – either chronically or acutely – in the process. Unlike chronic sports injuries, which develop gradually over time due to the repetitive use of joints or muscles, traumatic sports injuries result from accidents. For instance, direct trauma can lead to a sudden, acute injury, such as a sprained ankle following an awkward landing from a jump.
Types of traumatic sports injuries
Although virtually any part of the body can be injured during physical activity, the term “traumatic sports injuries” usually refers to musculoskeletal injuries, which affect the bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints or other connective tissues. Some common sports-related injuries include:
- Muscle strains
- Ligament sprains
- Ligament tears
- Tendon tears
- Joint dislocations
- Bone fractures
Traumatic sports injuries usually cause pain and other symptoms that restrict activity, such as swelling, bruising, spasms, numbness, tingling sensations and joint instability. It’s important to seek prompt medical attention if any of these symptoms occur after a sports-related accident – even if the discomfort is relatively mild – because the damage could be more serious than it seems. For example, pain caused by a perceived ligament sprain could actually be related to a bone fracture.
How are traumatic sports injuries treated?
Treatment can vary based on the specific type of injury present, so an accurate diagnosis is the first step toward finding effective relief. Regardless of the injury type, however, it is usually necessary to address any associated inflammation. Although inflammation is the body’s natural response to a traumatic injury, excessive swelling can limit range of motion and lead to inactivity, which in turn can delay healing. To reduce inflammation and facilitate healing, many physicians recommend P.R.I.C.E. therapy, which involves:
- P — Protecting the injured area with a splint, cast or other supportive device
- R — Resting and restricting activity
- I — Applying ice for 10-15 minutes every 3-4 hours
- C — Compressing the injured area with an elastic bandage
- E — Elevating the injured area above the heart
If needed, pain relievers and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may provide additional relief.
The sports medicine specialists at Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine of Houston, Texas, diagnose and treat many traumatic sports injuries sustained by athletes and other active individuals in Houston, TX. To schedule a consultation, contact us today.
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