Sports injuries are more common and can occur throughout your body to muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments and other structures. You can treat small injuries at home with rest, ice, elevation and over-the-counter pain medications. But some injuries require medical treatment, such as immobilization, physical therapy and surgery.
Sports injuries are divided into two broad categories, acute and chronic injuries. Acute injuries happen suddenly, such as when a person falls, receives a blow, or twists a joint, while chronic injuries usually result from overuse of one area of the body and develop gradually over time.
What are the symptoms of an injury?
The Signs and Symptoms of a sports injury depend on the type of injury. Common Symptoms include:
Aches, pain or tenderness.
Deformity, such as a bone or joint looking out of place.
Decreased range of motion.
Grinding, cracking, clicking or popping noise.
Inability to bear weight on your hip, leg or foot.
Skin that’s warm to the touch.
Stiffness or weakness.
What causes sports injuries?
Accidents, such as a fall.
Bad habits with exercise, such as not warming up or stretching enough.
Lack of safety equipment, or gear that’s damaged or worn incorrectly.
Shoes that don’t fit well or provide enough support.
Sudden start to an exercise program or significant increase in physical activity that your body isn’t used to.
Sports Injury Treated?
Treatment for sports injuries varies widely, depending on the type and severity. But for more serious injuries, treatment may involve:
Immobilization with a cast, splint, sling, walking boot or other medical device.
Injections to reduce swelling and pain.
Prescription anti-inflammatory medications.
Surgery to correct fractures or repair ligament, tendon or cartilage tears.
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