Orthopaedic Surgery & Physical Therapy located in Beaufort, Bluffton, Hardeeville, & Hilton Head Island, SC
Sports Injuries Q & A
What Causes a Sports Injury?
Sports injuries often occur due to trauma from high-impact sports or from common and unforeseeable accidents, such as hitting a dip in the ground while running.
Your risk of developing a sports injury increases if you don’t train properly, overtrain, or increase the duration or intensity of your exercise too quickly. Many athletes also develop overuse injuries by pushing through the pain rather than giving their body time to heal.
What are Common Sports Injuries?
The team at Beaufort Orthopaedic Sports & Spine helps patients recover from a wide range of sports injuries. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Knee injuries
- Meniscus tears
- Labral tears
- Rotator cuff tears
- Tendon injuries
- Ligament injuries
Some sports injuries are acute, causing sudden and often severe pain. Others develop gradually due to overuse and stress, causing symptoms that are mild at first and get worse over time.
What Symptoms Develop Due to Sports Injuries?
Though the severity of your symptoms vary, sports injuries generally cause the same problems, including:
- Joint instability
- Limited movement
- Muscle weakness
- Tingling or numbness
- Inability to use the affected limb
Anytime you have ongoing pain, swelling, or difficulty moving, it’s important to prevent progressive damage and instability by scheduling an evaluation at Beaufort Orthopaedic Sports & Spine.
How Do Orthopaedic Specialists Treat Sports Injuries?
The team at Beaufort Orthopaedic Sports & Spine provides comprehensive care for sports injuries. They begin with a thorough examination and diagnostic imaging when necessary.
After diagnosing the problem, your doctor creates a customized plan to treat the underlying condition, rehabilitate your injury, and achieve your goals for returning to action.
Sports injuries generally require time to heal. You may need to rest, modify your activities, or temporarily immobilize the affected body part. Your provider may prescribe medications or recommend injection therapy.
Doing physical therapy or following an exercise program designed by your provider at Beaufort Orthopaedic Sports & Spine rebuilds strength and restores flexibility and mobility. Engaging in appropriate exercise at every stage of your recovery promotes healing and relieves your pain.
In most cases, your provider only considers surgery when your pain and limited mobility persist after receiving medical treatments. However, some injuries need immediate surgery to ensure the tissues heal properly and regain their normal strength.
Ligament and tendon ruptures, meniscal damage, and complex fractures are examples of conditions that require surgical repair or reconstruction.
When you need the care of sports medicine experts, call Beaufort Orthopaedic Sports & Spine or book an appointment online.
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