Sports injuries can be devastating for an athlete. Every time an athlete steps on the field or court, there is a risk of injury involved. Sports injuries can occur for a number of reasons including sudden impact, poor technique, overuse and improper gear. For athletes suffering from sports injuries, OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine offers surgery alternatives to athletes living in the Dallas, Ft. Worth and Arlington communities.
Types of Sports Injuries
The most common types of sports injuries include:
- Sprains and strains
- Knee injuries
- Swollen muscles
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Pain along the shinbone
Sports injuries can be acute or chronic. Acute injuries occur suddenly. Symptoms of acute injuries can include severe pain, swelling, inability to be weight bearing or a bone or joint that is visibly out of place. Chronic injuries occur over time. Symptoms of a chronic injury include pain when active, dull ache when resting and in some cases, swelling. In either case, athletes want to return to the field quickly and injury free.
Non-Surgical Treatment of Sports Injuries
Non-surgical treatment for sports injuries often begins with rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). Your doctor may suggest a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce inflammation and swelling. Depending on the injury, immobilization devices such as slings, splints and casts may be recommended to insure proper healing.
Non-surgical treatment like rehabilitation maybe recommended for both acute and chronic injuries. Rehab involves a series of progressive exercises that help with the healing process. Properly executed movements to the injured area helps with proper healing. The sooner rehab begins after the injury, the better. Exercises start by gently moving the injured area through range of motion. Next, stretching will begin to increase overall range of motion. Then, weights will be introduced to increase strength.
Regenerative Therapies for Sports Injuries
When rehab and other surgery alternatives do not improve symptoms, athletes may consider regenerative therapies. Regenerative medicine is a game-changer in sports medicine. Regenerative therapies can accelerate healing, repair damaged tissues and improve pain and function.
OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine offers platelet rich plasma (PRP) and bone marrow aspirate stem cell therapy to athletes in the DFW area. These minimally invasive, outpatient procedures utilize the body’s own healing abilities to treat a number of conditions. Most patients report an improvement in symptoms within two to four weeks of these low-risk treatments.