Suffering a sports injury doesn’t just cause pain — it also puts you out of action. If you can’t train or compete because of a sports injury, the Health East Medical Alliance team can help. The practice has offices at Schuylerville in the Bronx, Morris Heights in the Bronx, Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn, and Staten Island in New York, and Freehold, Englewood, and West New York in New Jersey. Their team offers effective treatments for sports injuries, from physical therapy to cutting-edge surgery. Call the Health East Medical Alliance office nearest you today or book an appointment online.
Sports injuries result from damage to your bones, muscles, nerves, and connective tissues during physical activity. Although they’re likely to happen when you’re playing sports or training, sports injuries can occur whenever you exercise.
If you suffer an injury, you shouldn’t continue to play, train, or exercise. Doing so could make the problem much worse. You might also develop chronic pain from poor healing or a problem like joint instability. Getting treatment at Health East Medical Alliance can get you back to full fitness in as short a time as possible.
The sports injuries you’re most likely to suffer include:
Your feet and ankles are particularly likely to be injured when you’re playing sports, as they support all your weight. Twisting and landing awkwardly can sprain an ankle — the most common sports injury — and tear the Achilles tendon. Overuse can lead to plantar fasciitis, which causes chronic heel pain.
If you’ve suffered a severe injury like a fractured bone or dislocated joint, it’s best to go to a hospital emergency room. Otherwise, when you first injure yourself, use the RICE method of first aid: rest, ice, compression, elevation. Using ice packs, a compression bandage, and raising (elevating) your injured limb can reduce swelling in most cases.
Health East Medical Alliance has sports medicine specialists who can help you recover from your injury. They use a combination of treatments, starting with non-surgical methods like:
These treatments are often all you need to recover from your sports injuries. However, if they’re not effective, you might need surgery. Some injuries, including complete ruptures of tendons and ligaments and torn cartilage, are unlikely to heal without surgery.
The surgery you require for your sports injury depends on the damage and how severe it is. Your age, general health, and fitness levels are also important. Surgeries you might need for sports injuries include:
The meniscal cartilage in your knee and the labral cartilage in your hip and shoulder can tear, causing pain and joint instability. Your provider at Health East Medical Alliance can repair the cartilage or remove the damaged section.
Tendons and ligaments that separate from their attachment points or completely rupture usually require reconstruction surgery. This involves using connective tissue from another part of your body or donor tissue to reattach the tendon or ligament.
For expert treatment of your sports injuries, call Health East Medical Alliance today or book an appointment online.