Treating Sports Injuries

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The Prevalence Of Sports Injuries

Even if one is a well-trained athlete, he or she can still suffer an injury. Fortunately, the vast majority of injuries are mild and easily treatable and preventable.

Warming up and stretching regularly will significantly reduce your chance of suffering an injury. You should also avoid overdoing it when you are exercising. If you are dehydrated and fatigued, then you are much more likely to get injured while you are working out.

It is also important to recognize the signs of an injury. It is normal to feel sore and stiff after a workout. However, swelling, pain and decreased mobility are not normal.

A seemingly minor injury could be an indication of a more serious one. If the problem is small, then you can treat it yourself. However, it is best to seek medical care if the problem is serious.

Home Care

The P.R.I.C.E. method, which stands for protect, rest, ice, compress elevate is one of the best ways to treat sports injuries at home. You can prevent further injury by applying an elastic wrap, simple splint or bandage to the injury.

Resting is essential for healing any injury. You may still be able to walk or do light jogging, but you should not return to your sport until you have completed healed.

Ice is the most readily available remedy that you have to heal an injury. Ideally, you should apply the ice within 10 to 15 minutes of the injury. Apply ice every hour for the first few hours after the injury. After that, you should apply the ice every three or four hours. Do this for the next two or three days. Repeat up to four times per day.

Compression is important because pressure reduces inflammation and swelling. Elevating the injured body part can also reduce pain and swelling.

Getting Professional Help

Even though some minor injuries seem easy enough to handle on your own, do not hesitate to get help. Contact us at Carolina Hand & Sports Medicine for further diagnosis and assistance!

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