Up to 3.2 million Americans suffer sports injuries each year. At Health Advantage Physical Medicine in Pasadena, California, the team regularly works with runners, athletes, and other active people to diagnose and treat sports injuries. Minimally invasive options allow athletes to return to their favorite activities sooner and with fewer complications. Call Health Advantage Physical Medicine today to schedule treatment for a sports injury, or book your appointment online.
If you injure yourself while working out, running, or playing sports, it’s important to visit a physical medicine specialist. Even if your injury seems minor, it’s good to get checked out. Without treatment, certain injuries can result in permanent damage, affecting your mobility and quality of life.
The team at Health Advantage Physical Medicine treats various sports injuries, including:
If you play contact sports or step down awkwardly, you might break one or more bones.
Your team member reviews your medical records and asks about your injury, including how it occurred and the symptoms you’re experiencing. Next, they completes a physical exam, checking the affected area for redness, bruising, and swelling.
Practitioners assess your muscle strength, range of motion, and reflexes. They gently presses on your skin and the surrounding areas to pinpoint sensitive places. X-rays provide a closer look at your bones, joints, and cartilage. X-ray imaging helps practitioners understand your injury and make treatment recommendations.
At Health Advantage Physical Medicine, sports injuries are treated using a conservative and minimally invasive approach. Team members might suggest:
It might take a combination of treatments to provide relief, depending on the severity of your injury. Follow all provided instructions, and don’t rush back into physical activity. Doing so can make your injury worse and slow down your recovery process.
There’s no way to avoid sports injuries entirely, but you can reduce your risk by staying in good physical condition. Recommended steps include warming up before exercise, wearing the proper safety equipment, and listening to your body. For example, if you feel sore while working out, stop instead of pushing through it.
Call Health Advantage Physical Medicine today to schedule treatment for a sports injury, or book your appointment online.