Sports injuries can result from accidents, overtraining, or insufficient stretching or warm-up before exercise. The most common sports injuries are ligament sprains, muscle strains, and the “-itis” injuries (tendonitis, bursitis, and fasciitis). At Wellness Solutions Sports Medicine & Rehab in Plano, McKinney and Frisco, TX, we treat a variety of common sports injuries by getting to the underlying cause of the dysfunction and correcting it.

To manage injuries and prevent future episodes, we will work to:

  • Resolve limiting factors in connective tissue first to allow normal function
  • Demonstrate foam rolling and active stretching to loosen tight/guarded muscles, increase flexibility, and reduce soft tissue restriction
  • Design an exercise program to strengthen any underperforming muscles
  • Gradually increase your functional exercise capacity to avoid new injury
  • Assist you in performing an appropriate warm-up and cool down before and after sports activity
  • Guide you on a healthy diet, which will nourish the muscles, joints, and connective tissues

The most common home treatment recommended for a mild injury is rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). This method consists of the following:

  • Rest: While movement is important to speed healing and allow for full recovery, you should avoid activities that may cause further injury.
  • Ice: Ice packs can be applied to the injured area, which will help to diminish swelling and pain. Ice should be applied over a towel to the affected area for 15-20 minutes four times a day for several days. Never place ice directly over the skin.
  • Compression: Compression of the injured area helps to reduce swelling. Elastic wraps, air casts, and splints can accomplish this.
  • Elevation: Elevate the injured part above heart level to reduce swelling and pain.

If this does not resolve pain and/or dysfunction within a few days, it is always advisable to come in to be evaluated for a more serious injury.

Conditions our sports medicine specialists treat include:

  • Arthritis pain
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tendonitis and bursitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Shin splints
  • And more

If you’ve been sidelined due to a muscle, tendon, or ligament injury, Wellness Solutions can help. We’ll get your pain and swelling under control and provide fast-acting relief. Call (972) 362-4017 today or request an appointment online now. We are open Saturday for your convenience.

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