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.