Sports injuries include all those that commonly occur during physical activity, whether you’re a dedicated athlete, a weekend warrior, or you simply like to stay active. When you suffer a sports injury, the doctors at Garden State Pain & Orthopedics are the experts you need to achieve optimal healing, rehabilitation, and pain relief. Please don’t hesitate to call one of their offices in Edison, Clifton, Hazlet, Paramus, or Jersey City, New Jersey, or book an appointment online for a thorough evaluation of your sports injury.
The most common sports injuries treated by doctors are:
The doctors at Garden State Pain & Orthopedics have a full range of advanced diagnostic technologies available in-house, so they can accurately diagnose injuries and the cause of pain. But when it comes to sports injuries, they frequently perform a diagnostic ultrasound.
Diagnostic ultrasound evaluation is the first choice for musculoskeletal injuries because it produces detailed images and uses sound waves, so you’re not exposed to radiation. It also shows areas of inflammation and bone erosion, which aren’t visible using X-rays.
After you sustain a sports injury, the goal is to prevent further damage to the area, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain. Initially, you may use rest, ice, compression, and elevation of the affected area to reduce inflammation and swelling. Immobilization is sometimes needed to prevent further damage while the injury heals.
Two key elements of treatment for sports injuries are:
When you have pain in a peripheral joint -- the hip, shoulder, elbow, wrist, foot, or ankle -- joint injections can be used to diagnose the precise source of your pain, then to provide pain relief. Your doctor at Garden State Pain & Orthopedics injects steroid medication using ultrasound to guide precise placement of the needle. Steroids reduce inflammation and stop pain for several weeks to months.
Physical therapy, including a comprehensive rehabilitation program, is a vital component of treatment for sports injuries. It helps the injured area regain normal strength and function, and reconditions your body so you can safely return to your athletic activities.