We all know how frustrating it is to get sidelined with a sports injury. Whether it’s a nagging hamstring issue that won’t go away or a more serious ACL tear, being injured can damage your training and performance.
The good news is that various effective treatments are available for sports injuries.
Common Treatments for Sports Injuries
Epidural Steroid Injections
Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) are frequently used to help reduce back and leg pain caused by sports injuries. Many athletes use this form of treatment to get back on the field when they experience inflammation or joint pain and swelling.
While these injections do not cure any ailment, they can help control and manage the pain for long periods of time. Injuries such as whiplash, herniated discs, lumbar sprains, and muscle pain can all benefit from these injections.
Surgery for sports injuries, such as torn ligaments or bones, may be necessary if other treatments are not effective. Surgery can be used to repair the damage and help the athlete return to their previous level of activity.
Injuries that can be treated surgically include torn ACL, MCL, or meniscus; rotator cuff tear; and fracture. It is essential to consult with a doctor to determine if surgery is the best option.
Physical therapy can help to improve range of motion, strength, and flexibility. It can also help to reduce pain and inflammation. Physical therapy is often recommended for athletes who have suffered a muscle strain, ligament tear, or tendon injury. A physical therapist can develop a treatment plan specific to the athlete’s needs.
Also, if surgery is required,physical therapy can be used to help the athlete recover and return to their sport. This is why it is essential to consult a doctor to develop a treatment plan.
In some cases, it may be necessary to immobilize the injured area to allow it to heal. This is often the case with fractures. The area is typically immobilized with a cast, brace, or splint.
If the injury is more minor, such as a sprain, the area may be wrapped in an elastic bandage. Immobilization is mainly used to protect the injured area and allow it to heal.
Anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen, can treat sports injuries. This type of medication can help to reduce pain and inflammation. Other types of medication, such as corticosteroids, may also be prescribed.
Anti-inflammatory medication is often used for strains, sprains, and tendonitis. It is essential to consult with a doctor before taking this medication, as it can have side effects.
Applying ice to the injured area can help to reduce pain and inflammation. Ice should be applied for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day. Do not apply ice directly to the skin. Wrap the ice in a towel or cloth before applying.
You can also apply heat to the injured area if you have an ice pack. Heat can help to improve the range of motion and reduce stiffness. Ice is usually used for the first 48 hours after the injury. After that, heat can be used to help with recovery.
There are many treatment options available for sports injuries. The best course of action will depend on the type and severity of the injury. It is essential to consult with a doctor to determine the best course of action. North Lakes Pain is a leader in interventional pain maangement and can help you heal from your sports injury. We offer a free consultation to discuss your treatment options. Please fill out our form to contact our team.