Sports injuries that occur during athletics or while exercising are commonly orthopedic injuries or injuries of the musculoskeletal system. Joints, bones, tendons, muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues are most commonly affected.
Common types of orthopedic sports injuries include:
- Fractures, including stress fractures
- Pulled muscles (muscle strain)
- Overuse injuries, sometimes called repetitive stress injuries (RSI)
- Soft tissue injuries such as sprains and bruises
- Shin splints
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Sports Injuries Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of sports injuries vary depending on the specific injury and body part. Pain is a common symptom for many sports injuries. The type of pain depends on whether the injury is chronic (long-lasting) or acute (sudden). Pain from chronic injuries can be dull and achy and develop with time, while acute injuries tend to cause sharp or severe pain.
Other symptoms include redness, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight or moving an arm or leg. For dislocations and fractures, the body part may appear out of place or deformed.
Causes of Sports & Musculoskeletal Injuries
Traumatic injuries, such dislocations and fractures, are often the result of accidents. This includes direct blows to the body and falls. Failing to warm up properly before exercising can also lead to pulled muscles and other injuries. Poor training, conditioning, and form as well as use of improper equipment or not using protective gear can also cause injury.
Chronic sports injuries can develop from repetitive motions that irritate tissue over time. Body mechanics and poor form and can also contribute. Acute injuries that do not receive proper medical care can become chronic if not addressed.
Treating & Preventing Sports Injuries at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
The first step in the prevention and treatment of sports injuries is to stop exercising or playing when you get hurt. Do not disregard persistent pains or aches. 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 for deformity, numbness, severe pain or swelling, or the inability move a joint or limb or bear weight. Your doctor may need to immobilize the injury. Physical therapy may be recommended. Some sports injuries require surgery in order to repair the damage.
As part of our sports medicine services, Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican provides care for a variety of sports injuries in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.