A sports injury can happen to anyone, whether you’re a professional sports player, a weekend warrior, or enjoying a backyard game of football. Sports injuries are referred to as orthopedic or musculoskeletal injuries because they can involve bones, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues.
At Dignity Health, skilled sports medicine doctors and other providers diagnose and treat a wide range of sports injuries in Arizona. To learn about the services we offer, or to request an appointment, Find a Doctor at Dignity Health today.
Types of Sports Injuries We Treat at Dignity Health
Our teams provide comprehensive care for pulled muscles, broken bones, and much more. Conditions and injuries we treat include, but are not limited to:
If you have a sports injury or chronic pain from an orthopedic condition, Dignity Health can help you get the care you need. Our providers use the latest diagnostic technology to accurately pinpoint problems and create personalized treatment plans.
Sports Injury Signs & Symptoms
With most injuries, pain is a common sign that something is wrong. Specific signs and symptoms will depend on the type of injury or condition, but may include:
- Dull ache over a period of time
For fractures and dislocations, symptoms may include:
- Sudden, severe pain
- Difficulty moving or putting weight on the limb
- Loss of power
- Bruising and discoloration
Sports Injury Causes
Sports injuries can occur for many reasons, including accidents, repetitive motions, and injuries that do not receive proper medical attention. Traumatic injuries can be caused by direct hits/blows to the body or by falls. For athletes, not using the right protective gear, poor training, and improper form may result in injury.
Sports Injury Treatment & Prevention
To prevent further injury, stop exercising at the moment of injury. Persistent aches and pains are a sign that something is wrong. The next step is rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Over-the-counter medicines can help with pain relief. For severe sports injuries, doctors at Dignity Health may recommend occupational or physical therapy, rehabilitation for trauma, hand therapy, and more. In some cases, surgery may be needed.
Dignity Health provides reliable care for sports injuries in Arizona, as part of our orthopedic services.