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Sports injuries that occur while engaged in athletics or exercising are often referred to as orthopedic injuries, or injuries to the musculoskeletal system. This includes your bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues.
The signs and symptoms of sports injuries vary, depending on the specific body part and injury. Pain is a common symptom for many sports injuries. The type of pain depends on whether the injury is acute (sudden) or chronic (long-lasting). Acute injuries tend to cause sharp or severe pain. Pain from chronic injuries can be dull and achy and develop with time.
Other symptoms include:
The first step in the treatment and prevention of sports injuries is to stop playing or exercising when you get hurt. Do not disregard or deny persistent aches and pains. Pushing through the pain can cause more harm and put you out of commission for a longer period of time. The next step is usually rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines, if necessary.
Seek medical care from a professional at Dignity Health if you have swelling, deformity, severe pain, numbness, or the inability to put weight on or move a joint or limb. Your doctor at may need to immobilize the injury or recommend sports physical therapy. Some sports injuries require surgery in order to repair the damage.
You can trust our experienced sports medicine team to provide advanced care that addresses your complete well-being, no matter your sports injury.
If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort from sports injury in Stockton, CA or a surrounding area, the sports medicine experts at Dignity Health can help you get back on the road to recovery. Find a Doctor today.
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