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Sports injury: The right time to consult a Doctor

Sports injury: The right time to consult a Doctor

Three-time NBA Sportsmanship Award-winning American basketballer Grant Hill was once considered the most complete player in the game. He was emerging as the most sought-after player among corporate sponsors when an Achilles heel ended his career. Playing on a sprained ankle which got worse, forced him to leave halfway through the game. Though he underwent surgeries and therapies, the once-promising star was affected by aggravated injuries like sports hernia and groin injuries, which finally led to his untimely retirement. Sports injuries are not to be taken lightly. If ignored, it might end your career in less than a second.

Early diagnosis and proper treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries help sportspersons return to their forte safe and sound without delay. The most important step towards it is timely treatment. The earlier you seek medical attention, the better are your chances for a speedy recovery. Overuse injuries like tendonitis and stress fractures happen over time and won’t have obvious symptoms, which delay diagnosis and result in serious injuries or in worst cases, a disability.

When to see a sports medicine doctor?

The warning signs of a sports injury are as follows:

  • Pain while bearing weight (includes foot/knee pain while walking)
  • Shooting pain in various areas
  • Sharp pain that keeps coming back
  • Pain that lingers and disrupts sleep and other daily activities
  • Numbness
  • Swelling – mild and major
  • Tightness, stiffness or grinding in joints
  • Weakness or inability to move a joint, arm or leg
  • Visible mass or deformity
  • Symptoms that persist even after rest
  • Difficulty in standing or walking
  • Any undiagnosed condition that affects training or performance

Sports Injury: Classification

Sports injuries are of major three types:

  • Acute injuries (Sprains, strains, fractures, dislocations, growth plate separation, torn cartilage, bruises, cuts, scrapes, pinched nerves, herniated disks)
  • Overuse injuries (such as tendonitis, shin splints, stress fracture, growth plate problems like Osgood-Schlatter, Sever’s disease, or Little League elbow, bursitis, fasciitis, compartment syndrome, nerve entrapment, spondylolysis)
  • Medical conditions (such as concussion, fever, skin infections, abdominal pain, cardiac conditions, respiratory diseases, heat injury)

Why choose Sunrise Hospital to treat Sports Injury?

The Department of Orthopaedics at Sunrise Group of Hospitals, equipped with the state’s best bone specialists, is rated as the best among Accident and Trauma Care Units. An advanced unit designed for muscular and skeletal injuries, our department has one of the renowned shoulder and upper limb surgeon in Kerala and facilities such as ultra-clean laminar flow theatres with HEPA filters, DEXA scan for accurate measurement of bone density and strength.

Our services include:

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery (Keyhole) for most of the injuries
  • Total hip replacements
  • Spine surgeries for trauma, deformity correction & disc surgery
  • Joint replacements – TKR, THR, Shoulder & upper limb, total elbow & ankle
  • Congenital & developmental deformity surgeries
  • Hip resurfacing
  • Total knee replacements
  • Unicompartmental knee replacement
  • Small joint replacements of hands & feet
  • Sports injury & Arthroscopy
  • Foot & Ankle

Under our Orthopaedic trauma care, we treat fractures in the upper extremity and lower extremity, pelvis, acetabulum, and poly-trauma. Apart from instances where patients require correction of deformity, we also treat non-unions, mal-unions, and infection. Our other orthopedic services include:

  • Trauma care
  • Advanced Joint Replacement unit
  • Sports injuries & Arthroscopy
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Limb lengthening & Deformity correction
  • Osteoporosis unit
  • Orthopaedic Oncology
  • Osteoporosis Speciality Clinic
  • Shoulder and upper limb Unit
  • Rehabilitation Unit

Sports injuries can happen due to lack of conditioning, improper training and even overtraining. What might look like simple bruises, strains or sprains, if not treated on time, might develop into severe injuries with the potential to bring down your future. If the saying has to be tweaked, let’s go with ‘better early than (too) late’!

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