5 Sports Injuries to Avoid
The Houston area loves their sports, but if you’re not just a fan
and actually on the field or court, injuries can happen – an unfortunate
price many pay for participation! So, before you head out of the locker
room or any time comes off the clock, check out this sports injury play
book to learn what you can do to get back in the game and, better yet,
prevent getting sidelined in the first place.
Blowing the Whistle on Common Sports Injuries
Ankle sprains – with all the running and pivoting and changing direction that
goes on in sports, it’s certainly easy to see why
twisting an ankle is a common occurrence. With this injury, the ligaments surrounding your
ankle joint are being stretched beyond what would be considered their
normal range, thus making it hard for them to do their job of supporting
your bones. This injury can range from slight to severe and cause swelling,
bruising, and instability.
Plantar Fasciitis – this overuse injury is characterized by heel pain with the first
steps in the morning and after periods of rest. Because of repetitive
stress, tiny tears occur in the plantar fascia – the fibrous band
of tissues that connects your heels to your toes. Left untreated, pain
Achilles tendinitis – most often seen in runners or those participating in sports that
involve running and jumping, this condition is signified by swelling and
pain in the Achilles caused by too much stress placed upon it. Achilles tendinitis will get
worse without treatment and become chronic or lead to a rupture.
Shin Splints – doing too much too soon instead of gradually adding on to your
workouts is the most common culprit of this problem. Because your muscles
along your shin bones aren’t prepared to take on the workload, they
become inflamed and cause tenderness and pain with every step.
Stress Fractures – Another condition resulting from overdoing it, stress
fractures are often seen in athletes who increase the duration and/or intensity
of their workouts too quickly, placing repetitive stress on their bones
without allowing time to recover. Tiny cracks in the bones can turn into
all out breaks if you don’t stop and rest.
Something to Cheer About
The good news is, most of these common sports injuries can be treated conservatively,
especially if caught early enough. In other words, don’t ignore
the pain and try to power through it! Seeking treatment at the onset of
symptoms will reduce the amount of time you remain on the injured reserve
list. Typically, R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) yields
successful results. Physical therapy can help to restore strength, range
of motion, and function as well. Come in as soon as you sustain your injury
so we can assess the problem and get you on the right path to recovery,
Prevention Game Plan
If you want to avoid an instant replay, defense is the name of the game!
Taking some precautionary steps can help you to avoid getting re-injured
(or injured at all).
- Make sure your footwear fits and is appropriate for your activity.
- Avoid hard surfaces and uneven terrain.
- Incorporate low impact activities like yoga, biking, or swimming into your
- Always warm up prior to physical activity and slowly increase training.
- Stretching exercises can go a long way toward keeping muscles limber and
less likely to get injured.
Orthotic shoe inserts can correct biomechanical issues and provide support where needed.
If you’ve suffered a sports injury and need treatment, you’ve
come to the right place! Our team has the skills and expertise to get
you back in the game as quickly as possible. To schedule an appointment,
just make the call! Dial (713) 493-7372 to reach our Houston, TX office
and we’ll help you get healthy and back on the team roster in no time.