Sports Medicine Injuries

Orthopaedic Associates

General Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine located in Albany, GA

Physical activity is key to maintaining a healthy body, but it’s common to injure yourself while playing sports or exercising. The sports medicine specialists at Orthopaedic Associates in Albany, Georgia, are highly trained in nonsurgical and surgical treatment of a wide range of sports injuries. They treat everyone from babies to mature adults. Call or book an appointment online today.

Sports Medicine Injuries Q & A

What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries happen during physical activity, such as playing a sport. However, you don’t need to be an athlete to sustain a sports injury. These types of injuries can also occur during everyday physical activities, such as taking a hike or playing on a jungle gym.

What are the most common sports injuries?

Different sports and physical movements leave you susceptible to a variety of injuries. Some of the most common sports injuries include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Joint dislocations
  • Hip disorders
  • Golfer’s and tennis elbow
  • Tendinitis
  • Concussions
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Shoulder instability

Knee injuries are also common, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and cartilage (meniscus) tears.

Who is at risk of sports injuries?

Anyone can get a sports injury, but they’re most common in children and younger adults. Over 3.5 million children and teenagers become injured during sports or physical activities every year.

Older adults are also at increased risk of getting sports injuries due to the normal wear-and-tear damage that affects our body over time. Other factors that may increase your risk of a sports injury include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Participating in sports that require repetitive motions such as running
  • Increasing physical activity duration or intensity too quickly
  • Exercising without properly warming up

The sports medicine specialists at Orthopaedic Associates work with you to help reduce your risk of future injuries.

How do you diagnose and treat sports injuries?

First, a skilled sports medicine physician at Orthopaedic Associates performs a thorough physical exam and reviews your symptoms and medical history. They may take an X-ray or MRI, conveniently located on-site, to confirm the diagnosis of your sports injury.

Then, they develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. Depending on the type and severity of your sports injury, treatment may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Splinting or bracing
  • Supportive devices such as crutches

Injuries that are severe, such as a complete tendon tear, or those that don’t improve with treatment, may require surgery. The expert orthopaedic surgeons at Orthopaedic Associates are trained in the most advanced techniques, including minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery.

For the highest quality care in sports injury medicine, call Orthopaedic Associates or book an appointment online today.