Athletes have a high propensity for sustaining injuries particularly to their joints. Some of the most common injuries include severe injuries to the tendons, ligament injury or an injury to the joint cartilage. Some minor conditions can be repaired through nonsurgical procedures while other major conditions may require surgical procedures.
When you have a sports injury one of the most important things that you must do is to meet with your PCP or Colorado pain doctor. When you sustain an injury sometimes you might hear a popping sound followed by immediate pain. This may indicate an ACL tear, and should be evaluated by a Colorado sports medicine doctor in Boulder, Greeley or Loveland. If you choose not to get the injury checked out by your doctor you might have a serious condition left untreated which can only grow worse with time.
It is imperative that you make sure to use the RICE method. This means you should REST your injured area and apply ICE regularly, as well as COMPRESSION and ELEVATION. You want to make sure that if you have swelling, for example, in your knee or your ankle, that you raise it above your heart when you rest and that you apply a cold compress.
Since sports injuries do happen regularly some of them can be treated with nonsurgical methods at home. Things such as inflammation are actually normal responses by the body to certain injuries. Inflammation by itself is not necessarily a bad thing and is in fact a normal response by the body. But severe inflammation, if left untreated, can become something much worse, especially if you have inflammation in areas such as your shoulder from pitching a ball overhead and instead of taking a break and treating the injury you continue to pitch balls regularly.
If you do not allow the inflammation to heal and subside you may create bone spurs or cause your tendon or cartilage to loosen or tear. It is for this reason that you should always treat your injuries as soon as they are sustained and regularly monitor them. If an injury gets worse you should make sure to check with your Boulder pain management doctor.
A partial tear of your ACL or a small meniscal tear may end up not requiring surgery and the pain/swelling will subside within a reasonable amount of time. The key is not to “overdo” it too soon.
Colorado Clinic offers pain management doctors in Boulder, Greeley and Loveland CO who are experts in the nonoperative management of sports injuries. Call for the closest location to you today!