Sports injuries are widespread and one of the most popular treatments at AFC Bedford. It’s essential to be aware of the common injuries to receive prompt treatment and avoid further complications. Our providers can help treat a variety of injuries and help prevent further strain. From sprains to broken bones, AFC Urgent Care Bedford is there.
Common Strains & Sprains
Strains and sprains are the most common type of sports injuries over broken or fractured bones. Sprains happen when the ligament that connects joints stretches past its capabilities. Strains occur when the tendon that connects our bones to muscles becomes over-stretched. These tissues can be stretched and return to normal. However, if they are stretched too far, they become stressed.
In some cases, injuries can be unpreventable. However, in most cases, they are. Warming up should be routine for every physical activity to help prepare your muscles, joints, and tissues. Doing a warm-up helps get the blood flowing to our muscles and helps get the body more flexible.
To avoid injuries, do not jump right back into hours of activity after months of nothing. Listen to your body. If you begin to feel tired, take a break for a few minutes. Continuing an action when your muscles are fatigued increases your chance of any injury.
Most injuries range from mild to moderate. They often do not require medical care and can be treated at home. However, it is again important to listen to your body. In some cases, if the ligament or tissue is torn away from the muscle, it can require surgery. Some injuries may take months to heal, depending on their severity.
Ankle sprains happen when the foot turns inward and tears the ligament outside the ankle. Exercising can help prevent reinjury and loss of flexibility or strength. Ankle sprains that occur higher in the ankle should be seen by a doctor, as the bones below may have separated. These often take longer to heal than other ankle sprains. If there is tenderness above the ankle, that can be considered a high ankle sprain.
The hamstring is considered the three muscles on the back of the thigh. Kicking the leg out sharply while running can cause hamstring pulls. Walking in general causes hamstring injuries to heal slowly. These sprains can take between six to twelve months to recover fully.
Running is the most common cause of shin splints. This occurs when there is pain down the front of the leg. The best way to treat shin splints is with rest and ice. If the pain continues for a few weeks with rest and consistent icing, it is best to see a medical professional. In this case, the pain may be caused by a stress fracture and can take longer to heal.
The ACL is a tendon that connects the leg bone to your knee. Getting hit from the side or sudden stops can strain or tear the ACL. Tears can even make a “pop” sound. ACL tears require surgery, so if you think you may have pulled yours, see a doctor. These can be the most severe type of sports injury.
Overusing the elbow from sports such as tennis or golf can cause tennis elbow. This causes tiny tears in the elbow tendons. This injury is more common in those aged 30 to 60 years old. It can be treated with rest.