What Is Sports Medicine?
Sports medicine is a subspecialty of podiatry that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries suffered during athletic activity. The goal of treatment is to heal and rehabilitate the injury so patients can return to their favorite activities quickly, whether it's Little League, recreational play, or a high school, college or professional sport. As with a sports team, there are many physicians who work together to help the patient regain maximum use of the injured limb or joint. "Players" on the team are typically the physician, podiatric surgeon, rehabilitation specialist, athletic trainer, physical therapist and the patient themselves.
What Are Some Common Sports-Related Injuries?
There are many sports injuries treated by podiatrists. Here are some of them:
- ACL Tears
- Compartment Syndrome
- Heat Exhaustion
- Muscle Contusions (Bruise)
- Muscle Cramps
- Shin Splints
- Sprains & Strains
- Stress Fractures
- Torn Tendons & Ligaments
What Causes Most Sports Injuries?
These injuries often occur as a result of a fall, twisting or hit to a targeted area, as well as from overuse or infection. Different athletic activities may put athletes at an increased risk for certain types of injuries, so it is important to take precautions to prevent injuries from occurring. By consulting a podiatrist who is well-versed in sports medicine, you can better prepare yourself and your body to engage in rigorous physical activity.
How Are Sports Injuries Treated?
Treatment of sports injuries depends on the type, severity, and location of the injury. It may include conservative methods such as rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medications, or even surgery for severe injuries. Nearly all patients who suffer from an athletic injury will need physical therapy to restore strength and function to the affected area. Physical therapy uses increasingly difficult exercises to help patients restore their quality of life and return to playing sports.
To learn more about sports medicine and other podiatric services in Salisbury, MD, please contact us at Thomas Podiatry & Associates at 410-749-0121 today or click here to schedule an appointment. You can also visit our office at Riverside Drive near Riverside Neurology and Salisbury Neighborhood Housing. Talk to our team today and we will gladly help you!