Sports injuries are most common among sports players and athletes. They can also occur during exercise or other athletic activities which may or may not be sports/games. The range of severity of a sports injury can differ from an acute injury that is suddenly caused due to immediate trauma, or from a chronic injury that can develop and also worsen over time. Most common types of sports injuries are fractures, dislocations, sprains, knee injuries, ligament tears, among others. Sports injuries mainly affect the network between the muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones and other surrounding tissues.
Minor sports injuries can be treated by the patient at their homes itself by icing, elevating, and compressing the injured section. Based on the severity of a major sports injury, the patient may be set up for physical therapy and rehabilitation or in some cases also need to be given a brace or plaster to wear until the injury heals completely. Primarily sports injuries happen at the various joints of the human body like the shoulders, knees, elbows, ankles, etc. Sometimes the doctor may also prescribe some anti-inflammatory medicines along with painkillers to help the patient fight the pain he/she may be experiencing because of the sports injury in question.
Who can get sports injuries?
If someone doesn’t follow exercises according to their proper techniques or ends up overtraining themselves can cause the person to incur a sports injury. Additionally, people who don’t wear shoes that may not provide as much support to sustain the body’s weight can also cause a sports injury. People who have been out of shape for quite some time and begin rigorous training immediately.
Symptoms of sports injuries
- Sudden pain that keeps increasing in severity.
- Swelling and/or bruising to an extreme extent.
- Pain and/or discomfort on placing primary weight on the inflamed/affected leg or other joints.
- In some extreme cases, the bone or affected joint is visibly out of its original position.
- Decreased range of motion.
- Cracking or grinding noise from especially the joints or other bones too.
- Skin can feel warmer on touching and may also in some cases look red.
Most common sports injuries
Fractures and broken bones. Ligament or cartilage tears. Dislocations. Concussions. Muscle spasms/strains. Swollen/inflamed tendons. Sprains. Severe cramps that don’t heal even after a few days.
A sports injury is diagnosed after the doctor performs a physical diagnostic exam on the patient to determine whether their symptoms are indeed that of a sports injury. They will also check around the and run some smaller diagnostic tests to check the range of motion that the patient has in the affected areas. Based on the severity of the patient’s symptoms and overall condition, the doctor may also recommend the patient to get some imaging tests like X-ray, CT scan or at times even an MRI done for better and more visual understanding of the patient’s injury.
A sports injury that is minor in nature can heal within a few weeks and sometimes also without any medical attention. But sports injuries that are major in nature will always need medical attention and may also take up to several months to completely heal.
Regardless of whether the patient suffered a minor or major sports injury, he/she will be advised to follow proper rehabilitation procedures like regular physiotherapy training under a trained and experienced physiotherapist.
To cater to sports injuries, Dr. Dalal has set up a physical therapy center and a sports rehabilitation center so that his patients can get their sports injuries addressed effectively and without much trouble.
Dr. Shrikant Dalal
MBBS, DNB - Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery Spine Surgeon (Ortho), Spine And Pain Specialist, Joint Replacement Surgeon
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1. What services does Orthos Center, the premier sports rehabilitation center, offer for sports injuries?
At Orthos Center, a leading sports rehabilitation center, we provide a comprehensive range of treatment services for sports injuries. Our team of skilled professionals specializes in various therapies, including physical therapy, to aid in your recovery and rehabilitation journey.
Our dedicated physical therapy center at Orthos is committed to helping you recover from sports injuries effectively. Through personalized treatment plans, our experienced therapists employ targeted exercises, manual techniques, and advanced equipment to enhance your mobility, strength, and flexibility, ensuring a swift return to your active lifestyle.
Absolutely. At Orthos Center's physical therapy centre, we prioritize individualized care for every patient. Our team assesses your specific sports injury, considers your unique needs, and develops a customized treatment plan. This tailored approach, combined with our expertise, helps expedite your healing process and minimizes downtime.