Athletes young and old participate in sports not only as a way to stay in shape, but also to have fun and create friendships. These sports take a lot out of your body, between training and games, which can lead to different types of injury. Without the proper care, these injuries can leave you benched for longer than you’d like.
At Alpha Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, our team are experts in sports-related injuries and treatments. Leading our team are six sports medicine and orthopedic specialists who offer personalized treatments after you’ve suffered an injury.
What are common sports injuries?
Unfortunately, injuries are common when you live an active lifestyle and participate in different sports. Even with intense training and strength, accidents are still able to happen, especially when you’re involved in contact sports.
There are a number of different injuries that can happen when you’re an athlete. Some of the more common types of injuries you can sustain include:
ACL injuries are another common injury that you can experience when you’re an athlete. This can lead to extreme instability in your knee, along with pain and discomfort with certain movements.
No matter what injury you’re dealing with, it’s important that you see one of our sports medicine specialists right away. This ensures that you receive the specialized care that you need to get you back to your regular activities.
What causes sports injuries?
Typically, sports injuries are either chronic or acute. They’re often caused by direct trauma or overuse of a certain joint in your body. You can also sustain a sports injury when there’s too much force put on a joint, and the tissues within can’t handle it.
Acute injuries happen in the moment — meaning you get tackled, fall, or slip and notice symptoms of an injury right away. Essentially, acute injuries are accidents that are the result of playing your sport. Sometimes, acute injuries can be avoided with the proper equipment, while other times, they just tend to occur.
Chronic injuries are a more long-term problem. If you have a chronic injury, it may have actually started as an acute injury. If you’ve ever played through discomfort and pain, you’re setting yourself up for a chronic injury. Overuse is another reason that you may be dealing with a chronic type of injury.
Whether you’re suffering from a chronic or an acute injury, our team at Alpha Orthopedics and Sports Medicine has the tools to get you back on the court or the field.
Treatments that get you back on the field
Our team offers state-of-the-art treatment options when you’ve suffered a sports injury. Our doctors take the necessary time to evaluate your injury to determine a personalized plan to get you back to the game as soon as possible.
In the case of a minor injury, our team often starts with conservative measures to ease your pain and inflammation. This includes taking the time to rest your body, and using ice to ease your discomfort. In many cases of minor sports injuries, this is enough to allow your injury to heal naturally.
However, in the case you’ve suffered a more severe injury, such as a rotator cuff tear or ACL tear, our doctors may recommend surgical repair to ensure you get the same use and mobility back as you had before the injury.
The team offers many of these surgical procedures arthroscopically, which is a minimally invasive procedure that allows our team to repair the damage without the large incisions and risks of traditional surgery.
Along with surgical repair, our doctors often recommend physical therapy as a way to regain the strength and mobility you had before your injury. Physical therapists also give you the tools to get your body ready for more activity and prevent injuries in the future.
Regenerative medicine is another way our team helps you get back to your normal activities. Our doctors provide both platelet-rich plasma and stem cell therapy when you’ve suffered an injury. These treatments use specialized cells to regenerate tissues by stimulating your body’s healing mechanisms.
If you’ve suffered a sports injury, don’t hesitate to call our team at Alpha Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at one of our three locations in McKinney, Prosper, and Sherman, Texas, to schedule an appointment. You can also book a consultation today with us online too.