Sports Injuries

Properly Treating Sports Injuries

These injuries can occur anywhere in the body typically involving the neck, back, joints, arms, legs feet and hands.  They are usually sprains and strains of the muscles, tendons and ligaments and some respond well to rest, over the counter medication, and cold or heat.  However, a certain percentage will not respond to these home remedies.  In some cases it is a sprain or strain that is just not healing correctly. 

Sometimes a sports injury may aggravate an underlying problem of a nerve, joint or disc previously experienced by the patient.  Other times the injury may uncover and worsen an underlying problem that the patient did not even know existed, as prior to the injury the condition caused very mild or no symptoms.

A thorough musculoskeletal and neurological examination is the first step to correctly diagnosing the condition.  X-rays, MRI or CAT scans or even electrodiagnostic studies may be needed in some cases.  Treatments can include orthopedic supports, anti inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants and physical therapy.  Other alternatives can include aquatic therapy, kinesio taping and iontophoresis.  Cold laser or light therapy may be usual in some cases.