Sports-related injury recovery and rehabilitation can require as much fortitude and activity as the sports themselves. For many, sports are correlated to the quality of life, and medical care must address for not only the physical but also the emotional stress caused by injury. Dr. Vaul Phillips, MD, from Rehabit SMARTCenter, LLC in Glenn Dale, Maryland, provides precise and experienced repair to all sports-related injuries. Book an appointment online today, or call into the Rehabit SMARTCenter, LLC office.
Sports-related injuries are wide-ranging and can happen from immediate trauma or over the long term. Minor trauma occurs in muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones, or in soft tissue bruises that are painful, swell, and discolor. Long-term injuries are the result of repeated pressure to one or multiple areas of the body.
Some common and serious sports injuries include sprains, strains, fractures, and dislocations:
A sprain is the stretching or tearing of a ligament. You ligaments are the connective tissues from your bones to your cartilage. Sprains occur in the joints — mostly in the knee, ankle, and wrist — but are different from strains. A strain is the pulling or tearing of a muscle or the tendon that connects your muscle to your bone. Both injuries can be caused by either immediate or long-term pressure on your joints.
Fractures are the result of a forceful strike or fall, or by bearing too much weight on one area at a time. Hairline and compound fractures are common in the arms and legs. A hairline fracture is thin and incomplete, while a compound fracture protrudes through the skin. Stress fractures are smaller than hairline fractures and are most common in your feet and legs.
A dislocation is when connected bones separate, and it is the product of excessive stress on the ligaments.
Some of the most common sport-related injuries are patellofemoral syndrome (knee), shoulder injuries, tennis or golf elbow, hamstring strain, and sciatica.
Dr. Phillip’s role in your rehabilitation includes prescribing specific physical restrictions, therapies, and conditioning programs that all make up a successful rehabilitation routine.
Dr. Phillips uses a variety of medical equipment to aid in the recovery process. If you have seen athletes with braces, splints, casts, crutches, and wheelchairs around your local athletic facilities, you know that this these equipment aids are one of the many resources involved in getting you back in the game.
The most simple prevention for long-term sports-related injuries is to pay attention to soreness or pain before it becomes chronic or severe. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Phillips at Rehabit SMARTCenter, LLC to diagnose, evaluate, and make recommendations for your potential injury immediately.