Playing sports is a fun and healthy way to remain active, but the repetitive physical activity can cause strain and tears on muscles, joints, bones, and ligaments. Injuries can be caused by several factors:
- Lack of warm-up and/or stretching
- Improper mechanics
- Sudden trauma such as being struck by a ball or violent contact with another player
When a sports injury occurs, it is important to seek medical treatment ASAP to begin the recovery process. The longer an injury goes untreated, the longer it will take to heal. Most people see their primary physician first and then start their recovery with an orthopedic doctor.
Orthopedists that specialize in sports medicine are crucial in helping athletes get back to their pre-injury shape. Surgery is not always required, but physical therapy is critical in helping people recover.
A common principle practiced in sports injury recovery is R.I.C.E. – “Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.” Recently a “P” has been added to the beginning of the acronym, for “Protection.” Rehabilitation of the injury should be monitored on a daily basis, making note of any significant changes. Keep an open dialog with your orthopedist to make sure you’re on the same page of your rehabilitation plan, ensuring the safest and fastest road to recovery.
Bergen Orthopedics specializes in sports medicine and can help athletes get back to their pre-injury state if an injury does occur.
Dr. Carney is the team physician for both Fair Lawn High School and William Paterson University and has over eighteen years of experience working with student athletes.