Whether you participate in sports just to stay active or are a serious athlete, you’re at risk for a number of sports-related injuries. At Maryland Sports, Spine and Musculoskeletal Institute in Pasadena, Maryland, experienced physiatrist Justin Waltrous, MD, offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to address your sports-related injury. He creates custom treatment plans for sprains, strains, dislocations, and other common injuries to get you on the road to healing and back to the game you love. Find out more about services for sports injuries by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today.
Regardless of the sport you play, you’re at risk for injury for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common sports-related injuries include:
Whether you take a direct hit in a high-impact sport or perform repetitive motions as part of a low-impact sport, it’s important you get a comprehensive evaluation of your injury to prevent additional complications.
As soon as you realize you’ve been injured, either due to pain or mobility issues, you should take yourself out of the game. Continuing to play with an existing injury can lead to permanent damage and other health complications.
For muscle, tendon, or ligament injuries, you can reduce swelling and pain using ice therapy. You should seek emergency room treatment for fractured or broken bones. If pain or swelling is intense, you should schedule an evaluation with Dr. Waltrous as soon as possible for an accurate diagnosis.
As an experienced physiatrist, Dr. Waltrous specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disabling conditions, especially ones that occur due to neurological or musculoskeletal injury. He reviews your activities at the time of injury and the symptoms you’re experiencing to pinpoint the type of injury you have.
Using one or more in-office diagnostics, such as X-rays or ultrasound, Dr. Waltrous can identify the root cause of your pain. From this information, he makes a custom treatment plan with the goal to alleviate your pain and ensure you heal effectively from your injury.
Depending on the nature of your injury, Dr. Waltrous may recommend continuing ice therapy for several days to control swelling and pain. You may also benefit from a compression bandage to reduce swelling. Elevating the area above your heart is also an effective way to reduce swelling and pain, and promote healing.
Dr. Waltrous offers many nonsurgical options to ease pain and treat sports injuries, such as epidural injections and nerve blocks. Often, his goal is to help you avoid surgery and promote efficient healing based on your specific needs.
To prevent your risk for future injury during sports participation, Dr. Waltrous can also recommend preventive options such as strengthening exercises to better support your performance.
Find out more about sports injury services available by calling Maryland Sports, Spine and Musculoskeletal Institute or scheduling an appointment online today.