Participating in a favorite sport is a great way to stay active and healthy. But sports might also increase your risk for common injuries, like sprains and concussions. At Willow Glen Primary Care, Sian Lindsay, MD, is highly experienced in diagnosing and treating common sports-related injuries in adults and teens to alleviate symptoms, promote healing, and get you back into the game safely. The doctor also offers comprehensive guidance to prevent future injuries. Schedule an evaluation of a sports injury today by calling the San Jose, California, office or by booking an appointment online.
Some of the most common sports injuries can occur in just about any activity. You can become injured whether you’re a dedicated athlete or simply working out to stay healthy. Examples of injuries include:
The goal of sports medicine is to diagnose and treat existing injuries and to create a plan to prevent future injuries.
In some cases, minor sports-related injuries, like sprains and strains, can heal on their own with plenty of rest and limiting high-impact activities.
If you suffer an injury that causes severe pain, swelling, or limits your mobility, the Willow Glen Primary Care team recommends scheduling an evaluation as soon as possible for an accurate diagnosis.
Waiting too long to treat a sports-related injury can cause additional complications and put you at risk for not being able to return to your favorite sport.
During your evaluation for a sports injury, your provider reviews your medical history and your current symptoms. Dr. Lindsay takes the time to truly understand your concerns and symptoms to determine a diagnosis.
In some cases, your doctor may request additional diagnostic testing, such as X-rays or an MRI, to confirm your diagnosis.
Your treatment plan depends on the type and location of your injury and the severity of your symptoms.
For mild sprains and strains, you may need to limit activities and elevate the area to reduce swelling. Over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories can keep you comfortable.
In the case of a fracture, your doctor will order the needed imaging studies, treat your pain, and refer you to an orthopedic specialist.
If you hit your head or suffer mild trauma to your head, Willow Glen Primary Care recommends an immediate concussion evaluation. Treating a concussion might involve rest, time off from work or school, and additional care for a specialist. Severe head trauma should be seen in the emergency room.
If you have a sprain or other sports-related injury, don’t delay an evaluation with the experienced team. You can call Willow Glen Primary Care today or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.