Are You Experiencing Pain as a Result of a Sudden Injury or Repetitive Movement?
The orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine experts at Westchester Sport and Spine are here to help you with your pain no matter how mild or severe. With over 40 years of combined experience diagnosing sports injuries and treating patients, Westchester Sport and Spine provides you with the highest levels of care for both surgical and non-surgical procedures.
What Are Sports Injuries?
The term “sports injuries” refers to any injury that happens while someone is playing sports or exercising. Even the most prepared and seasoned athletes can experience a sports injury. This is because accidents can happen at any time, and playing sports can put more strain on the body.
On average, teens and children experience more than 3.5 million sports injuries each year. Adults experience around 8.6 million sports injuries each year, with men getting injured more frequently than women.
The most common sports injuries are sprains and strains, but there are many complex injuries that can also occur.
If you have noticed new pain, swelling, or stiffness following a workout or sports event, the surgeons at Westchester Sport and Spine are here for you. Whenever possible, Drs. Weinstein, Gott, and Rahman prefer conservative treatments for sports injuries. Yet, it’s important to get fast and high-quality care to determine the type and severity of your injury.
Preventing Sports Injuries
It isn’t always possible to avoid a sports injury. Thankfully, there are some things that athletes can do to minimize their risk for injury:
- Maintaining good posture
- Wearing the proper gear and equipment
- Taking breaks
- Resting between sport events or workouts
- Using the proper techniques
- Working with an athletic or personal trainer
Types of Sports Injuries
Depending on the type of sport you play, certain sports injuries may be more common than others. For example, soccer players are more likely to sprain their ankle. Tennis players are more likely to develop injuries to their elbows.
- Ligament Tears
- Muscle Strains and Sprains
- Nerve Injuries
- Tendon Tears
If you suspect that you have a sports injury, please contact Westchester Sport and Spine. Our talented team will be able to give you a thorough examination. That way, you will be able to learn more about your injury and the treatment options available.
Treating Sports Injuries
Whenever possible the Westchester Sport and Spine surgeons prefer conservative treatment.
Frequently, R.I.C.E methods can help men and women manage the symptoms of their sports injury and give their body time to heal.
This conservative treatment stands for:
- R: Rest
- I: Ice the area
- C: Compression
- E: Elevation
Other conservative treatment methods include:
- Physical Therapy: this treatment option helps a patient increase their mobility and strength safely following an injury. Physical therapy can also help patients learn more to prevent future injuries.
- Corticosteroid Injections: injections that can treat inflammation in injured joints and offer quick relief following an injury
When conservative treatment measures fail, there are several surgical options available. While the surgical treatments vary depending on the type and severity of your injury, the most common treatments include:
- Corrective Surgery: corrective surgery can be performed to treat a sports injury. This type of procedure can restore a level of function and mobility that cannot be achieved through physical therapy alone. Corrective surgery can be used to repair fractures, tears, and even nerve injuries.
- Joint Replacements: if a sports injury severely impacts a joint, it’s possible that a joint replacement will be the best treatment option. In some situations, a sports injury may cause a joint to degrade more quickly over time. Patients with this type of complication from their sports injury may also be candidates for a joint replacement.
Recovering from Sports Injuries
Often, athletes can recover and return to their sport after a careful recovery. Giving the body enough time to heal and completing gentle exercises to build strength are key to recovering from a sports injury.
Many patients will go through a process of managing acute symptoms, like bruising, swelling, and discomfort. If you are a candidate for a surgical procedure, your recovery timeline may change to accommodate for healing and rehabilitation.
After your examination by a Westchester Sport and Spine surgeon, all your questions will be answered regarding your injury.
Call Us Immediately
Please call Westchester Sport and Spine immediately and then ask someone to drive you to our clinic if your pain is caused by an injury and is accompanied by:
- You have lost feeling in any extremity
- Inability to move or walk
- Extreme bruising
- Intense pain or tingling
- Sudden swelling in the area