When To Seek Help When Injured During Sports Activities
Some sports injuries obviously need medical attention quickly. After an ACL tear, you might hear a pop and feel significant, severe pain. After a bad hit in football, you might lose consciousness.
But other sports injuries are more subtle. Sometimes athletes want to wait to see if their body gets better on its own. But when care is needed, waiting can make an injury worse.
At Bon Secours Sports Performance, we help athletes at all levels recover from sports injuries safely, reducing their risk for future injuries. We recommend seeing a medical professional for a sports injury if you show these signs:
Your Symptoms Don’t Get Better
Maybe you have knee pain after a big game, but you can still walk. You decide to take a week off, rest your knee, wrap it and use ice to reduce some minor swelling you have. You keep your leg elevated whenever you can. But after a week, your knee is just the same. It still hurts when you put pressure on it.
When symptoms don’t improve at home with rest, ice, compression and elevation, that may mean there is a bigger injury going on than just tendonitis or inflammation. You should go see a sports medicine doctor if your injury has not improved.
You Can’t Train Well
If you are experiencing pain, swelling, weakness or numbness that prevents you from training at your best, you may have a serious injury. Pay attention to your body at practice. If you feel like you can’t do your best or your symptoms are holding you back, it is time to get some extra help from medical professionals.
Your Symptoms Get Worse
Hopefully, rest will help your injury. But if it gets worse, becomes more swollen or more painful, or pain keeps coming back, you need more help that you can get at home. It’s best to seek help before symptoms start to get worse, but consider worsening symptoms as your last warning that you need to get to a doctor.
At Bon Secours Sports Performance, we help with all injuries, including acute injuries and overuse injuries, in athletes from a wide range of sports. Our goal is to safely rebuild strength and function so that you can play your best and achieve your athletic goals. Contact us today to learn how we can help you get back in the game without pain.