If you engage in exercise of any kind, from biking around your neighborhood on occasion to playing soccer on a team, you run the risk of developing a sports injury. These injuries can impact many areas of your body and keep you not only from a favorite sport, but from going about your daily life as usual. Thankfully, proper treatment can help minimize any pain and expedite healing so you can get back to all of your favorite activities as soon as possible.
The experienced medical team at Johnson Medical Center in Venice, Florida, offers an integrative approach to diagnosing and treating sports injuries of all kinds. Read on to learn about these injuries and some of the most effective treatment options.
Common sports injuries
Sports injuries can affect most any part of your body, but injuries to your tendons, bones, joints, and head are especially common. Sprains and strains are the most common sports injuries by far, and result from overstretching or tearing a ligament (a sprain), or a muscle (a strain). You may be especially prone to strains if you partake in a contact sport, such as boxing, hockey, or football. Strains often stem from overuse associated with endurance sports, such as long distance running or swimming.
Common sports injuries we treat at Johnson Medical Center include:
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Sprains and strains
- Meniscus tears
- Plantar fasciitis
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Tennis elbow
Effective treatment for sports injuries
Your ideal treatment for a sports injury will depend on factors such as the injury type and location, as well as its severity and your overall health. After a comprehensive exam and any recommended tests, such as an X-ray to check for deformities, the expert team at Johnson Medical Center creates a personalized treatment plan. Your own plan may include:
- Chiropractic care, for improved alignment and balance
- Immobilization in a cast or brace, for enhanced healing
- Laser therapy, for reduced inflammation
- Modified daily activities, for improved healing and ease
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation, for improved strength and mobility
- Regenerative medicine using platelet-rich plasma (PRP), for enhanced healing
- Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), for reduced pain and inflammation
If you take advantage of recommended treatment, you can expect to regain full mobility after a sprain or strain within 3-8 weeks. Recovery from more severe injuries could take months. Regardless, the sooner you get on the path the healing, the better your odds will be of full and efficient recovery.