Now Offering FAST TRACK. Same day treatments available. Book Now

Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries

Musculoskeletal / Sports Injuries

Injuries commonly occur in physical sports. That’s why, if you are an athlete, it is smart to know the signs and symptoms of sports injuries.

What are musculoskeletal/sports injuries?

Sports injuries most commonly occur during sports that require or involve a lot of movement and bodily contact. A few of the most common musculoskeletal/sports injuries include:

  • Golfers Elbow
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Burner or Stinger
  • Hamstring Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
  • Concussion
  • Shin Splints
  • Groin Strain
  • Rotator Cuff
  • Sciatica

What are the symptoms of musculoskeletal/sports injuries?

The symptoms of a sports injury can vary depending on the type of injury. The most common injuries people experience due to sports are strains and sprains. The following symptoms are common signs of a sports-related injury.

  • Joint inflammation
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Pain in a specific muscle or around a joint
  • Head pain
  • Back pain
  • Bone fracture
  • Shoulder pain
  • Knee pain

What causes musculoskeletal/sports injuries?

Many athletes experience sports injuries. However, there are factors that increase the risk of injury. Some of the main causes of sports injuries include overtraining, impact, overuse, poor technique, and improper warm-up.

Overtraining increases an athlete’s risk for a sports injury. Insufficient rest coupled with high-intensity training can strain the muscles and cause injury. In addition, overuse can also cause strain. Consistently repeating the same action using the same muscle, joint, or tissue lead to injury as well. A few common overuse injuries are patellar tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, impingement syndrome, golfer’s knee, and tennis elbow.

Players are often injured participating in high-impact sports such as boxing, rugby, and football. A quick direction change, twisting, and slamming into the ground or another person can damage your joints, tissues, and muscles. Common impact injuries include dislocated joints, tendon and ligament damage, spinal injury, muscle pain, bruises, and cuts.

Failure to warm up before a game or practice may result in strained muscles or other minor injuries. Warming up is necessary to prepare the joints and muscles for the activities ahead. Participating in physical activity or sports while using bad form or poor technique can also increase your risk for sports-related injuries.

How are musculoskeletal/sports injuries treated?

The specific treatment for a sports injury depends on the affected part of the body and the severity of the injury. However, there are some treatments that can aid in the healing and recovery process for many injuries. They include the following:

  • Rest and reduce physical activity. This helps reduce the pain and muscle swelling and promotes faster recovery.
  • Protect the injured part of the body, for instance, with support.
  • Apply an ice pack to the injured area.
  • Use elastic compression bandages for the swelling.
  • Elevate the injured part of the body to reduce swelling.
  • Take painkillers to reduce inflammation and pain.

If your injury is severe, you may need certain procedures and treatments to heal properly. You may need surgery, an injection or physiotherapy.

AZ Pain and Spine Institute
Musculoskeletal / Sports Injuries Treatments

Here at Arizona Pain and Spine Institute, we improve our patients’ quality of life by alleviating and managing their pain. Some of our Musculoskeletal / Sports Injuries treatments include:

Why Choose AZ Pain - Image

Why choose AZ Pain and Spine Institute to treat your Musculoskeletal / Sports Injuries?

We have a team of medical practitioners, pain management doctors, and staff who are experts on pain management, including Musculoskeletal / Sports Injuries. We use state-of-the-art technology and effective approaches in achieving our mission. We care about your well-being and are committed to making your life pain-free.