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Sports Injuries Specialist

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California Pain Medicine Center

Pain Management Specialists located in Santa Monica, CA

It can be frustrating waiting for sports injuries to heal when you’re impatient to get on with your training. If you want to optimize your recovery from sports injuries, the multidisciplinary team at California Pain Medicine Center in Santa Monica, California, can help. They offer a range of treatments, including multimodal physical therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. To benefit from the team’s expertise in treating sports injuries, call California Pain Medicine Center today or book an appointment online.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries occur when you’re playing sports, training, or exercising.

Many are acute injuries that happen when you stretch the muscles, joints, and connective tissues too far, something that can easily take place in the heat of competition. Sports injuries can also develop more slowly, building up over time due to overuse or repetitive strain.

Sports injuries are often preventable if you take care to warm up and cool down before and after exercise, avoid pushing yourself too hard, and stay off hard or rough surfaces as much as possible. 

You should also make sure you use high-quality, well-fitting training gear and protective equipment and check that you’re using the correct techniques when training.

What types of sports injuries might I sustain?

Some common sports injuries include:

  • Muscle strains
  • Sprained ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Meniscus tears
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Labral tears
  • Hamstring strains
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Shin splints
  • Fractures and dislocations

Ligament sprains are one of the leading sports injuries, especially in the MCL (medial collateral ligament) and ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in your knee.

What should I do if I suffer a sports injury?

If you injure yourself, apply some simple first aid measures. Avoid using the injured area and try to raise it above the height of your heart. Use ice packs and a compression bandage if you can. This is known as the RICE protocol (rest, ice, compression, and elevation), which helps keep the swelling down, reduces pain, and prevents you from making the injury worse.

If you have significant weakness, problems bearing your weight, loss of function, or the injured area looks abnormal, you should seek medical advice. Less severe injuries that don’t improve within a few days also need evaluating, or they could become chronic issues.

What treatments can help with sports injuries?

Treating sports injuries requires specialized knowledge to ensure you recover fully without long-term loss of function. The experts in sports injuries at California Pain Medicine Center can also get you back to training and competing more quickly.

Some of the treatments they might use include:

  • Rest
  • Activity modification
  • Physical therapy
  • A brace, sling, or splint
  • Oral medication
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Massage therapy
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Steroid injections

Your provider works with the other members of the team at California Pain Medicine Center to provide a multidisciplinary approach that assures you of optimal recovery from a sports injury.

To benefit from the team’s expertise in treating sports injuries, call California Pain Medicine Center and schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.