Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine

Sports medicine is the area of medicine that focuses on treating sports-related injuries, or any type of injury that affects an athlete and his or her performance. It also focuses on rehabilitating an athlete following an injury to help ensure they can return to their sport or activity as soon as possible. Many sports injuries occur as a result of overuse or repetitive stress that causes excessive strain on muscles, joints, ligaments and other structures. Since many sports place specific forces and strains on certain parts of the body, treating musculoskeletal injuries in athletes takes special skill to enable the treatment to be customized not only for the injury and the health of the patient but also for the activity itself.

Common Sports Injuries:

  • sprains, injuries that affect the ligaments and which may include over stretching a ligament or complete or partial tears of a ligament
  • strains, which involve injury to the tendons and muscles
  • fractures, both simple and complex
  • nerve injuries that can accompany direct and indirect impact-related injuries, causing pain, numbness, and other issues, and even affecting balance
  • bruising of deep tissues
  • heel spurs, small, bony projections that form on the bottom of the foot that often develop as a result of repeated impact

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