A sports injury can stop you from participating in your favorite activities. As a physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) and sports medicine specialist, Francisco del Valle, MD, treats all types of sports injuries at Healthcare Pain Centers LLC in Old Bridge, Edison, and Freehold, New Jersey. The sooner you seek treatment for a sports injury, the more likely you are to make a full recovery. To learn more about sports injuries, call Healthcare Pain Centers LLC or schedule an appointment online today.
You don’t have to be an elite athlete to experience a sports injury. Whether you roll your ankle playing competitive soccer or feel a sharp twinge in your knee during a leisurely run, a sports injury can develop at any time.
Sports injuries primarily affect the musculoskeletal system — bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Damage to these structures can lead to chronic pain, limited range of motion, and poor mobility.
Early intervention is the best way to prevent a minor sports injury from significantly impacting your athletic performance.
Many sports injuries can cause acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term) pain, including:
Strains affect your muscles and tendons, and sprains refer to damage to the ligaments that join bones together. An ankle sprain is the most common type of injury in this category, affecting athletes and weekend warriors alike.
A fracture is a crack in a bone. Stress fractures, which develop from repeated force and pressure, are common in active individuals. Children and adults who play sports that involve running or jumping are especially vulnerable to stress fractures.
The rotator cuff refers to the muscles and tendons protecting and supporting the shoulder joint. This group of soft tissues helps keep the head of your upper arm secure inside your shoulder socket. Damage to the rotator cuff not only causes pain but can also lead to instability.
The Achilles tendon, which joins the back of the ankle to the calf, allows you to lift your heel off the ground. This essential tendon can become inflamed or even tear from repetitive stress or sudden injury.
Your pain specialist performs a comprehensive physical exam, reviews your medical history, and discusses your symptoms to diagnose a sports injury. They may also order additional bloodwork and imaging tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans.
In addition, Healthcare Pain Centers LLC offers in-house electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction study testing to assess your nerve function.
Healthcare Pain Centers LLC takes a multimodal approach to sports injury treatment. Depending on the location and severity of your injury, your doctor may recommend:
To learn more about sports injuries and available treatment options, call Healthcare Pain Centers LLC or schedule an appointment online today.