Sports injuries aren’t only a problem for serious athletes. Know the signs of serious damage so you can get the right care.
Sports injuries can happen to anyone, from the lunch break power walker to the swimmer training for the Olympics. Regardless of the type of exercise, a sports injury is in a class of its own and can result in long-term damage if not tended to properly. Typically, sports-related problems fall into two categories: overuse and trauma.
An overuse injury occurs when incorrect form or repetitive motion stresses a part of the body during exercising. Tennis elbow and shin splints are examples of chronic pain in athletes who perform the same actions time and time again. Pain may be subtle, so it’s important to tell your doctor about any negative sensations that you feel when you exercise.
A traumatic injury is one that usually occurs suddenly and causes acute pain. Symptoms of traumatic injuries that need immediate medical attention include:
- Intolerable pain
- Redness or bruise-like coloring
- Reduced or no range of motion
- Stiffness or inability to bend
- Limited function, as in a leg that can’t bear weight
- Numbness or pins-and-needles sensations
These symptoms result from many types of injuries. If you have a fracture, dislocation, strain, sprain or internal bleeding, a visit to our urgent care center will provide the expert help you need to prevent permanent damage, especially when it concerns young people.
What kind of treatment is needed for sports injuries?
Overuse injuries require therapy to rehabilitate the muscle, tendon or joint in question. An orthopedist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing problems in the musculoskeletal system and treating them. Treatment may include anything from over-the-counter pain relievers to surgery.
Are you experiencing pain after exercising? Denton Regional Medical Center offers state-of-the-art orthopedic and sports medicine services for diagnosing and treating your injury. The Denton Regional Urgent Care Center provides your family with experienced orthopedic care for sports or exercise-related injuries during weekday evenings and weekends.
If your sports injury is a concern and you would like help finding a doctor to speak with, call us at 1-855-477 DRMC for a physician referral.