Sports Injury Treatment Questions and Answers
Have you been injured while playing sports or working out at the gym? Our professional staff at TRUE Health Medical in Gilbert, AZ can help you heal and get back to playing the sports you love. For more information, please call us or book an appointment online.
Sports are one of the most common past times, whether we’re playing or watching. For those of us who play, injuries are a common occurrence in sports. Thankfully, there are many professionals who are experienced in treating these injuries, and there are a whole host of different treatments available.
Whom should I see for a sports injury?
One of the biggest fears that athletes or people who live active lifestyles have is sustaining an injury that can limit their mobility for long periods of time. But anytime you step onto a field or enter a gym, the risk of injury is there. The question is if you sustain an injury, how do you recover? The first step is getting an accurate diagnosis. To do so, it’s important that you choose the right doctor for the job.
A physician with significant specialized training in both the treatment and prevention of illness and injury is considered to be a sports injury specialist. The Sports Injury Specialist helps patients maximize function and minimize disability and time away from sports, work, or school.
After a diagnosis is made, it is important to find a doctor that can help you put together a treatment plan that’s right for you. Sports Injury Specialists are known for developing customized treatment plans and listening to the patient’s needs.
What do sports medicine doctors treat?
A sports medicine specialist is more than just a doctor that offers specialized diagnoses and treatments for your sports injuries. They can set you up with an injury prevention plan, nutritional guidance, and exercises that can help you avoid injury and perform at your best.
Find out if a sports medicine specialist is the correct choice for your active lifestyle, from enhanced performance to specialized injury treatment.
Below is a list of injuries that sports medicine specialists treat:
- Acute injuries like ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee and shoulder injuries, and fractures.
- Overuse injuries like rotator cuff injuries, tendonitis, and stress fractures.
- Medical and injection therapies for osteoarthritis.
- Concussions and other head injuries.
- Athletes with chronic or acute illnesses (like infectious mononucleosis, asthma, or diabetes).
What are the top 10 sports injuries?
Our Sports Injury Specialist diagnose and treat a variety of injuries and conditions.
- Knee injuries and disorders
- Shoulder injuries and disorders
- Medial or lateral epicondylitis (also called tennis elbow or golf elbow)
- Strained hamstring
- Shin splints
- Pulled groin
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprain or tear
- Strained hip flexor
What do you use to help heal sports injuries?
Acute and chronic injuries are very different and therefore will have different treatment options. The one thing you should do is immediately stop doing the exercise or sport which is the cause of your injury until you have received adequate treatment. At TRUE Health, we offer the below treatment options to get you on the road to recovery.
Physical Rehab: Medicine that enhances and restores quality of life and functional ability to people with physical disabilities or injuries
Regenerative Medicine: Tissue engineering and molecular biology which deals with the restoration and establishment of normal function through the process of engineering, replacing, or regenerating tissues or organs
TPI’s: This is a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax.
Physiotherapy: Alternative treatment of injury, disease, or physical deformity using methods such as heat treatment, massage, and exercise
Chiropractic Therapy: Adjustments (manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body. The goal is to ease pain, correct alignment problems, and complement the body’s natural ability to self-heal
Massage Therapy: The purpose of massage is the manipulation of the body’s soft tissues to relieve stress or pain.
Kinesiology Taping: This an elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive that is used with the intent of treating pain and disability from athletic injuries.
If you or someone you know has recently sustained a sports injury, we are here to help! At TRUE Health Medical, we have the tools and expertise to help you on the road to recovery! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online! We serve patients from Gilbert AZ, Chandler AZ, Queen Creek AZ, Sun Lakes AZ, Mesa AZ, Sacaton AZ, and Apache Junction AZ.