Exercising is good for you, but sometimes you can injure yourself when you play sports or exercise. Accidents, poor training practices, or improper gear can cause them. Some people get hurt because they are not in shape. Not warming up or stretching enough can also lead to injuries.

The most common sports injuries are

If you get hurt, stop playing. Continuing to play or exercise can cause more harm. Treatment often begins with the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) method to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and speed healing. Other possible treatments include pain relievers, keeping the injured area from moving, rehabilitation, and sometimes surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Symptoms of Sports Injuries

The following features are indicative of Sports Injuries:
  • intense pain
  • deformity in the limb
  • swelling, bruising or tenderness around the injury
  • numbness
  • tingling
  • problems moving a limb
  • not being able to move or use the joint
It is possible that Sports Injuries shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Sports Injuries

The following are the most common causes of Sports Injuries:
  • low bone density
  • osteoporosis
  • car accidents
  • fall and land on an arm
  • fall on the side of their foot
  • twist a knee
  • a recent injury
  • lifting heavy objects the wrong way
  • overstressing the muscles

Risk Factors for Sports Injuries

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Sports Injuries:
  • foot problems
  • weakened bones
  • previous stress fractures
  • lack of nutrients
  • excess fatigue
  • improper warm-up
  • slippery or uneven surfaces
  • ill-fitting or poorly maintained footwear
  • poorly maintained sporting equipments

Prevention of Sports Injuries

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Sports Injuries. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • avoid exercising when tired or in pain
  • eating a well-balanced diet
  • maintaining a healthy weight
  • avoid falling
  • wearing shoes that fit well
  • warming up and stretching before playing a sport
  • wearing protective equipment when playing
  • run on flat surfaces

Occurrence of Sports Injuries

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Sports Injuries cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Common between 1 - 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Sports Injuries can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Sports Injuries can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Sports Injuries

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Sports Injuries:
  • Bone Scan: To diagnose the several types of bone disease
  • Bone X-Ray (Radiography): To diagnose the fractured bones or joint dislocation
  • Physical exam: To check for swelling and points of tenderness in the affected limb
  • X-rays: To find out the fracture or other bone injury

Doctor for Diagnosis of Sports Injuries

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Sports Injuries:
  • Orthopedician
  • Emergency Physician
  • Orthopedic surgeon

Complications of Sports Injuries if untreated

Yes, Sports Injuries causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Sports Injuries is left untreated:
  • chronic pain
  • higher risk of additional stress fractures

Procedures for Treatment of Sports Injuries

The following procedures are used to treat Sports Injuries:
  • Surgery: To torn the ligament or ruptured muscle

Self-care for Sports Injuries

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Sports Injuries:
  • Rest the injured area: Fastens the recovery
  • Take proper medication: To avoid pain

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Sports Injuries

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Sports Injuries:
  • Ice therapy: Minimizes the swelling and helps in the movement

Time for Treatment of Sports Injuries

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Sports Injuries to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • More than 1 year

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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