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Sports Injuries

People with active lifestyles are often at risk for sports-related injuries. Some injuries may occur from accidents, while others can result from overuse, poor training practices, or using improper gear. Not warming up or stretching enough before you play or exercise can also lead to injuries.

At Comprehensive Injury Center in Orlando, Florida, we see athletes from junior high and up. Dr. James Shea, our board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist (physiatrist), can properly diagnose your athletic injury and provide nonsurgical, noninvasive treatments that restore a more pain-free condition.

In addition, our pain management provider can administer therapeutic injections if necessary and our chiropractor can make spinal adjustments to help restore joint function. Some of the many sports injuries we treat include:

  •   Sprains and Strains
  •   Tendonitis and Bursitis
  •   Rotator Cuff Tears
  •   ACL and Other Knee Ligament Tears
  •   Arm and Leg Pain
  •   Meniscal Tears
  •   Hamstring Muscle Injuries
  •   Achilles Tendon Injuries
  •   Shoulder Impingement
  •   Tennis Elbow
  •   Golfer's Elbow
  •   Shin Splints
  •   Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  •   Patellar Tendonitis and Tear
  •   Fractures and Dislocations

How Are Sports Injuries Treated?
Treatment often begins at home with RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation). All injuries need time to heal and proper rest helps the process. If your pain does not go away and you need to see a doctor, he may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugss (NSAIDS
Your doctor may suggest that you take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. These over-the-counter medications reduce swelling and pain from minor injuries. Some NSAID pain relievers are available in prescription strength.

Immobilization is a common treatment for sports injuries. It keeps the injured area from moving and prevents more damage. Examples include slings, splints, casts, and leg immobilizers.

If you have a complex fracture or a torn tendon or ligament, you may need surgery to repair the injury. If this is the case, our providers will refer you to an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine.

Rehabilitation (Exercise)
Rehabilitation is a key part of treatment. It involves exercises that return the injured body part to normal. Moving the injured area helps it to heal. The sooner rehab is started, the better.

Your physical therapist will start by gently moving the injured body part through a range of motions. The next step is to stretch. After a while, weights may be used to strengthen the injured area.

As your injury heals, scar tissue may form. When this happens, the injured area can become tight or stiff. This is when you are at greatest risk of injuring the area again. You should stretch your muscles every day, and especially as a warmup before you play or exercise.

Our physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, Dr. James Shea, will develop and supervise your rehabilitation program. In addition, your physical therapist will prescribe exercises for you to do at home between your visits to our practice and after your treatment ends. Dr. Shea will advise when it is safe to start exercising again or participating in your sport.

The friendly staff at Michigan Comprehensive Injury Center welcomes your call and looks forward to serving you. If you are suffering from acute or chronic pain due to a condition or injury, call us at 734-288-6860 or use our online appointment request form.