Musculoskeletal/Sports Injuries

Injury is bound to happen in physical sports. That is why, if you are an athlete, it is best to know the symptoms and possible signs of sports injury. That way, you can take care of yourself better and you can get the needed treatment or therapy as soon as possible.

Sports Injury Symptoms

The signs and symptoms depend on the kind of injury. The most common injury is strain and sprain; the symptoms of which are tenderness, bruising, swelling and pain in a particular muscle or around a joint.

The following symptoms are also common signs of sports-related injury:

  • Joint inflammation
  • Head pain
  • Back pain
  • Bone fracture
  • Shoulder pain
  • Knee pain

What Sports Are Most Prone to Injuries?

Not all sports are prone to injuries. Usually, sports injury is only common in sports that require or involve physicality or a lot of movements and body contact. According to surveys, the following are the sports that are most prone to injuries:

  • Basketball
  • Baseball and softball
  • Football
  • Ice hockey
  • Bicycling
  • Roller skating
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiing or snowboarding
  • Soccer

Treatment for a Recent Sports Injury

The specific treatments for sports injury depend on the affected part of the body and the severity of the injury. However, there are basic and general treatments that help in the healing and recovery process. They include the following:

  • Resting and reducing physical activity. This helps reduce the pain and muscle swelling and promote faster recovery.
  • Protecting the injured part of the body, for instance, with a support.
  • Applying an ice pack on the injured area.
  • Using elastic compression bandages for the swelling.
  • Elevating the injured part of the body to reduce swelling.
  • Taking painkillers such as paracetamol and meds for the inflammation.

If the injury is severe, you may need to undergo certain procedures and treatments. Usually, the sports injury doctor will require you to undergo a specific surgery, injection or physiotherapy.

Make your recovery from sports injury faster and more efficient with help from specialists and professionals. Contact Arizona Pain and Spine Institute today to schedule an appointment.