Sports Injury Treatment in Arlington TX
A sports injury is, by definition, any kind of injury to any part of the body that occurs during athletic activities. Generally, it refers to trauma to the musculoskeletal system. The most common types of sports injuries are:
- Strains – Tears or pulls of the muscles, or the tendons that anchor the muscles to bones
- Sprains – damage to the tissue that joins the ends of the bones, most commonly occurring in the knees, wrists or ankles
- Joint dislocation
- Achilles Tendonitis – an injury to the tissue that connects the heel to the calf muscles
- Shin Splints – pain on the front of the lower leg, common in runners
A sports injury typically occurs suddenly, and can be extremely painful. The injured athlete may be unable to move the affected area of the body, or unable to bear weight. Chronic injuries, on the other hand, are usually due to overusing one specific area of the body repeatedly. The usual symptoms of a chronic injury include dull, aching pain or soreness.
Treatment for specific sports injuries will largely depend on whether they are chronic or acute. Sometimes an acute injury will mean a visit to a doctor or to the emergency room, often with self-administered follow-up treatments at home.
Acute injuries often respond favorably to cold packs or ice, because they reduce swelling and pain. Just make sure that you don’t apply ice directly to your skin – always cover it with a towel. In a pinch, a bag of frozen vegetables from your freezer can substitute for a cold pack.
Heat therapy is generally the preferred course of action for chronic injuries, as well as for tension or tightness in the muscles. You can apply heat therapy several times throughout the day, but shouldn’t use it for any more than fifteen minutes at a time. Heat therapy can be applied using a moist, warm towel, or a microwavable heating pad. You can also use an electric heating pad, but be sure not to fall asleep while using it, since you could end up being seriously burned.
Get Help for Your Sports Injury
Keep in mind that looking after your injury at home is not a substitute for a visit to a physical therapy doctor in Arlington TX. Dr. Antonio Rozier has been providing sports injury treatment to Arlington TX patients for years, and he will be pleased to recommend a course of therapy for your athletic injuries. Call 1-888-499-6908 to arrange a consultation.