Common Sports Injuries and How to Treat Them

Do you play sports and want to avoid injury? It’s not always possible, but it is important to know how to treat the most common types of sports injuries. The first step in treating any type of injury is making sure that you get medical attention immediately. 

With this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the more common sports injuries sustained during a game or practice and what you can do at home while waiting for an appointment with your physician.

What are the most common sports injuries?

Here are a list of the most common sports injuries: 

Sport Injuries can be diagnosed through X-ray
Sport Injuries can be diagnosed through X-ray

Ankle injury 

Ankle sprains, strains or fractures. 

How to treat it?

To treat this injury, rest the injured area as much as possible for a few days so it can heal. Apply ice packs on the injury at least every hour for 15 minutes each time until swelling goes down. 

Take anti-inflammatory medications with acetaminophen (Tylenol) and do moderate exercises like walking in order to avoid blood clots that may form from staying inactive too long. 

Place an elastic bandage over it if needed but not tight enough to compress the foot/ankle joint more than necessary. If pain persists longer than three weeks after initial treatment then consult your doctor about whether surgery is required or not.

Wrist injury 

Sprains, strains or fractures. Wrist injuries are common in sports like golf and racquetball but also happen to anyone who spends a lot of time using their hands repetitively (i.e., typing). 

How to treat it?

To treat this injury apply ice packs on the injured area at least every hour for 15 minutes each time until swelling goes down. 

Take anti-inflammatory medications with acetaminophen (Tylenol) and do moderate exercises as well such as wrist extensions, flexion, circles and mobility work so that you don’t end up having an overuse injury. 

If pain persists longer than three weeks after initial treatment then consult your doctor about whether surgery is required or not

Shoulder injury 

A dislocated shoulder, rotator cuff tendinitis or inflammation of the bursa under the acromion process) 

How to treat it?

To treat this injury apply ice packs on the injured area at least every hour for 15 minutes each time until swelling goes down. 

Take anti-inflammatory medications with acetaminophen (Tylenol) and do moderate exercises such as wrist extensions, flexion, circles and mobility work so that you don’t end up having an overuse injury. 

If pain persists longer than three weeks after initial treatment then consult your doctor about whether surgery is required or not. 

Knee injury 

strains/sprains to ligaments in knees. 

How to treat it?

It can be treated with ice packs, anti-inflammatory medications (Tylenol) or ibuprofen and moderate exercises. 

Hip injury 

Strains/sprains to ligaments in hips. 

How to treat it?

It can be treated with ice packs, anti-inflammatory medications (Tylenol) or ibuprofen and moderate exercises. If pain persists longer than three weeks after initial treatment then consult your doctor about whether surgery is required or not. 

Groin injury 

A strain of the anterior thigh muscles.

How to treat it?

It can be treated with an elastic wrap that supports without applying pressure on the groin area which may make it worse; apply cold compresses for 15 minutes at least every hour until swelling goes down as well as take nonsteroidal medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen.

Neck injury 

Strains/sprains in the neck.

How to treat it?

It can be treated with ice packs, anti-inflammatory medications (Tylenol) or ibuprofen and moderate exercises. 

Back injury 

A strain of the back muscles.

How to treat it?

It can be treated with an elastic wrap that supports without applying pressure on the sore area; apply cold compresses for 15 minutes at least every hour until swelling goes down as well as take nonsteroidal medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen. 

If pain persists longer than three weeks after initial treatment then consult your doctor about whether surgery is required or not.

Torn ligaments 

Strains/sprains to ligaments in joints 

How to treat it?

It can be treated with ice packs, anti-inflammatory medications (Tylenol) or ibuprofen and moderate exercises. 

Concussion / head injury 

It’s important when a concussion happens that the affected area cools down by applying cold compresses for 15 minutes at least every hour until swelling goes down.

Avoiding physical activities such as sports and staying away from bright lights but if there are no signs of bleeding inside the skull these symptoms should go away within three weeks after initial treatment so you may need only basic rest.

If pain persists longer than three weeks after initial treatment then consult your doctor about whether surgery is required or not. 

Tips for recovering faster and more effectively from sports injury

Here are some things you could try : 

Recover sport injuries quickly with these tips
Recover sport injuries quickly with these tips

– Apply ice or cold packs on site: 

For example, if you’ve been running then put an ice pack onto your knee area – this will help prevent pain levels increasing while also reducing swelling by lowering blood flow in the injured region. 

It’s important not to apply pressure (e.g., by applying a bandage) because this is known to cause blood vessels to constrict and reduce the flow of oxygen. 

– Use compression: 

This will help keep swelling down by increasing pressure on affected areas, which in turn increases blood circulation too; it’s best done for 20 minutes every couple hours with a device such as an Ace Bandage or Elastoplast. 

It should be noted that using any sort of strap could make your injury worse (e.g., if you’re trying to push yourself back into playing), so speak with a doctor first before putting one on.

– Once someone gets injured, one of the most important things to do is protect it from further harm which include avoiding strenuous activities or anything that could cause friction on the part where it’s hurt such as not wearing shoes with a heel until swelling has subsided completely. 

– Other tips are icing any area to help reduce inflammation like using ice packs for 15 minutes at a time every few hours while elevating both feet above heart level if possible to prevent blood flow stagnation in order to speed up recovery time. 

– If these symptoms persist longer than two weeks without improvement then seek more professional medical advice from your physician because there may be deep-rooted problems that need to be addressed.

Also, we suggest you visit our article on 20 FAQs about sports injuries for more insights here: https://radiantdetectors.com/2021/09/10/20-questions-you-may-have-about-sports-injuries/

The most common sports injuries are strains, sprains, and tears. It’s best to treat these types of injuries by resting the injured area as much as possible so that it can heal properly.

In order to recover faster from a sports injury, you should stay limber with exercises like yoga or Pilates. With proper treatment for your injury, you’ll be back on the field in no time! 

What have been some of your experiences recovering from an injury? Do you agree with this advice? Let us know what type of activities helped lessen the effects of an injury while we share more information about treating different types of sports related injuries below.

 

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