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How Are Sports Injuries Treated?
By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
July 01, 2021
Category: Sports Injuries
Tags: Sports Injuries  

Like most athletes, you're probably eager to get back to your favorite sport after an injury. Unfortunately, symptoms don't always improve on their own. If your injury isn't better after taking it easy for a while, it's time to pay a visit to your Haymarket, and Manassas, VA, orthopedic specialists at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists. The doctors can help you get back in action with treatments that ease your pain and speed your recovery.

Have you experienced one of these sports injuries?

No matter how careful you are when you participate in your favorite sports or activities, injuries can be unavoidable. It's easy to twist your ankle on uneven ground or develop an overuse injury with a punishing training schedule.

Sprains and strains are common in athletes of all ages, as are dislocations and fractures. Other injuries include tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis, foot pain, golfer's elbow, frozen shoulder, knee and back pain, torn ligaments, shin splints, runner's knee, rotator cuff injuries, and tears of the meniscus in your knee.

Do you know how to treat sports injuries?

Keeping the acronym RICE in mind can help keep you more comfortable just after an injury. RICE refers to rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Resting, wrapping an injured limb, keeping the injured area elevated, if possible, and applying ice may be all you need to do to treat mild injuries.

When you're in severe pain, have difficulty walking, or your injury is worsening or not getting better after a week or two, you'll need to visit the Haymarket, and Manassas, VA, orthopedic office.

Your orthopedic specialists will offer a diagnosis based on an examination and testing. Depending on your injury, you may benefit from a variety of treatments, including physical therapy. During physical therapy sessions, you'll work on stretching, loosening, and strengthening muscles and tissues to ease your pain and reduce stiffness. Therapy may also help you avoid future injuries.

If you're suffering from a sprain, dislocation, or fracture, you may need to wear a brace, cast, or walking boot for a few weeks. Crutches will help you keep your balance if you've experienced a leg or foot injury. Your doctor may recommend pain medication, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, or corticosteroid injections. Although most people recover from sports injuries without surgery, a surgical procedure may be needed if other therapies aren't effective.

Do you have a sports injury? Call 703-369-9070 to schedule an appointment with your orthopedic specialists at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Haymarket, and Manassas, VA.

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