Each year, more than 8.6 million Americans suffer sports injuries. Unfortunately, when left untreated, these injuries can lead to more serious issues, including disability. At StatMD, urgent care and family medicine specialist Ravinderjit Singh, MD, boasts years of experience diagnosing and treating sports injuries. To make an appointment at the office in Bakersfield, California, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Sports injuries occur during physical activity. Anyone can experience a sports injury, but several factors increase your risk, including playing contact sports, failing to warm up before exercise, or trying a new type of exercise after living a primarily sedentary lifestyle.
Most sports injuries resolve on their own and respond to at-home treatments like ice, rest, and over-the-counter pain medication. If your symptoms persist or affect your quality of life, don’t wait to make an appointment at StatMD.
StatMD diagnoses and treats a variety of common sports injuries, including:
You might also benefit from treatment at StatMD if you experience a rotator cuff injury.
To diagnose sports injuries, StatMD conducts a physical exam and asks about your symptoms, including their severity, when they began, and the events leading up to your injury. During the exam, they have you perform a series of easy exercises to evaluate your strength and range of motion.
If these measures aren’t enough to diagnose the source of your discomfort, your provider might also order diagnostic imaging like X-rays or an MRI. These procedures capture detailed photographs of your hard and soft tissues and help rule out potentially serious problems like fractures.
Treatment of sports injuries depends on their severity, location, and effect on your daily life. Whenever possible, StatMD recommends conservative treatments like the RICE protocol (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). If your symptoms persist or worsen, your provider might recommend physical therapy, a cast or splint, or in rare instances, surgery.
The goal of treatment is to relieve pain, improve your mobility, and prevent further complications.
The easiest way to reduce your risk of a sports injury is to practice proper form during physical activity. For example, if you enjoy working out at the gym, it’s important to lift weights with your legs, instead of your back.
In addition, StatMD recommends warming up and cooling down before and after exercise and wearing the proper safety equipment, like a helmet, elbow pads, or a mouthguard.
To receive treatment for sports injuries, make an appointment at StatMD by calling the office or by clicking the online booking tool today.