Sports injuries occur when an individual engages in exercise or sporting activity and develops pain and discomfort in a ligament, tendon, or bones. The musculoskeletal system is affected when a sports injury occurs. Sports like football, boxing, and rugby are activities that are likely to cause injuries due to their close contact nature. Acute sports injuries can turn into chronic pain if left untreated.

Types of Sports Injuries

The most common types of sports injuries are sprains, strains, Achilles tendonitis, fractures, dislocations, and shin splints. Sprains occur when a tear in the ligaments develop. Ligaments are tissues that hold the bones and joints together. People often sprain their wrist, knees, thumbs, and ankles. A strain is a tear or a stretch in the muscle or tendon. A strain is also known as a pulled muscle and occurs most often in the neck, lower back, and hamstrings. Achilles tendonitis is the condition in which inflammation affects the Achilles tendon and results in pain and stiffness in the area. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon on the body and connects the calf muscles to the heel. Often times, runners develop Achilles tendonitis. Stress fractures are caused by repetitive movements while in motion. Those who run and jump frequently are prone to this type of sports injury. Dislocations occur when the joint is knocked out of its place and not in its intended area. Contact sports can cause dislocations and the shoulders and hips are the body parts that are often dislocated. A shin splint is a painful feeling that shoots alongside the tibia. This type of discomfort is commonly experienced after working out vigorously.

Treatment of Sports Injuries

Signs of a sports injury include pain, swelling, bruising, stiffness, and tenderness in a specified area. The range of motion is limited and it may feel uncomfortable to bear weight on the injured body part. There are several effective ways to treat sports injuries. One way is by using ice to bring down the swelling and inflammation. A bag of ice or a cold compress can facilitate the healing of a sports injury. Ice and cold compress act as a numbing agent to the injured area and also works to decrease muscle spasms. Another way to treat sports injuries is by applying hot packs to the affected area. Heat from the packs can drastically reduce joint and muscle stiffness. It can repair damaged tissue and improve the damaged ligament’s flexibility. The use of ice packs is recommended for sports injuries that are freshly acquired. They can be used to treat chronic injuries and their flare-ups as well. The use of heat therapy is ideal for long term injuries and can alleviate feelings of muscle tension and tightness.

Get In Touch with Us to Find Out More

To learn more about what to do after having experienced a sports injury, we warmly invite you to reach out and make an appointment with Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center and Motorsports Rehab! At our office in Cornelius, NC, our caring and experienced staff will be happy to explain your full range of options, address any questions and concerns you may have, and help you get back to a healthy and active life. Contact us today to set up your consultation!