How Sports Injuries Are Treated

Athletes of all ages and calibers are no strangers to the harsh reality of sports injuries. They impede on an athlete’s athletic performance and sometimes prevent them from being able to play. The pain caused by a sports injury can be very incapacitating. Podiatrists treat sports injuries regularly at their offices. There are many different ways to treat a sports injury depending on its type and severity.

Most of the time treatment starts with the RICE method: Rest, Ice the area, apply Compression and Elevate. Other methods may be used alone or in tandem with the RICE method.

NSAIDs - Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium or ketoprofen are all drugs available at the drug store over the counter. Podiatrists may recommend them to help alleviate pain, reduce swelling, and give the patient more comfort.

Immobilization- sometimes a podiatrist will recommend immobilization after a sports injury. Splints, casts and slings are used to help keep the injured body part in one place and prevent more damage from occurring.

Surgery - in severe cases, surgery is sometimes needed to fix a sports injury. Torn tendons, ligaments or broken bones may need to undergo surgery to heal properly.

Rehabilitation Exercise- this is a key part of the healing process. It is a step by step process applied to the affected area to strengthen it and prepare it for future use. It also helps prevent an injury from getting stiff and experiencing more damage.

Rest- an injury will not heal as well or as quickly without rest. Be sure to balance enough rest and rehabilitation.

Have you been injured while playing sports? Are you having a hard time getting mobile again? If you are suffering then it is time to pick up the phone and place a call. Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia can help. There Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his highly trained team can help treat your sports injury. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.