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Most common sports injuries and treatment options

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4 Common Sports Injuries to Avoid

Be aware of these four common sports injuries and seek medical advice if you notice symptoms.

  • Achilles tendon ruptures and tears: Often seen in middle-aged athletes who haven’t stretched. Can happen in any sport that involves running.
  • Rotator cuff tears or impingements: Caused by straining a cold muscle in a sudden overhead motion, such as a tennis serve.
  • Sprains or strains of the medial collateral ligament: This ligament straps the inside of the knee joint. Often triggered by a lack of strength or flexibility.
  • Elbow tendonitis: An inflammation of the tendons that extend from elbow to wrist. Caused by repeated movement and can affect bowlers and racket-sport enthusiasts.

Sports injuries treatment

We know no matter how safe you are, accidents can occur. Injuries, no matter how minor, need to be treated properly. It is important to remember the RICE method. It stands for:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

The RICE method works best for mild sports injuries. Make sure to follow this method for the first 24 to 36 hours to reduce swelling and prevent additional pain and bruising. There’s a whole-health sports medicine expert waiting to help you reach your fitness goals. Connect with us today. Make an appointment at VolusiaFlaglerOrtho.com.

Dr. Michael Campbell

Dr. Michael Campbell, AdventHealth Medical Group Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeon

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