You can reduce the risk of sustaining sports injuries by maintaining a
reasonable training schedule, using the appropriate gear for your sport,
and taking care to stretch well before working out. Unfortunately, even
with these precautionary measures, sports injuries can still occur from
time to time. If you’re in need of a specialist in
orthopedics, you can turn to Westside Regional Medical Center.
When to Seek Medical Care
Minor muscle strain may not necessarily require a trip to the hospital.
However, it’s a good idea to seek medical care promptly if you experience
severe or persistent pain, disfigurement, significant swelling, or an
inability to place weight on the affected body part. At the hospital,
the physician may request imaging scans to check whether you have any
broken bones, dislocations, or similar injuries. Your
treatment plan depends on your diagnosis and may include immobilization, pain medications, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
How to Care for an Injury at Home
It’s generally best to avoid returning to exercise until your symptoms
have fully resolved or your physician clears you for exercise. Trying
to return to your favorite sport too quickly may worsen your injury and
prolong your recovery. Your doctor may ask that you keep weight off the
body part and get plenty of rest. You can reduce swelling by elevating
the body part above your heart, wearing a compression wrap, and applying
ice packs for 20 minutes at a time during the first 48 to 72 hours.
How to Rehabilitate an Injury
After the initial period of rest, you may begin rehabilitating the injured
body part. Consider working with a physical therapist. A physical therapist
can show you the right stretches and exercises to strengthen the area.
Physical therapy may help prevent recurrent injuries.
When to Consider Surgical Intervention
Occasionally, athletes may need surgery to repair a sports injury. Orthopedic
doctors consider each injury on a case-by-case basis. Your physician may
recommend surgery if you have a torn ligament, compound fracture, or other
serious acute injury. Some people with chronic injuries might also consider
surgery if conservative therapies are insufficient.
Westside Regional Medical Center for orthopedic care if you’ve been injured in Plantation, FL. At
the Orthopedic & Spine Institute, you’ll find a full range of
nonsurgical and surgical treatment options available to you. For a referral
to a specialist in orthopedics, contact our Consult-A-Nurse line at (954) 473-6600.