While you may not always be able to prevent
sports injuries in Marietta, you can prepare yourself to handle an injury. With proper care and pain
management, you’ll minimize your risk of developing conditions caused
by orthopedic injury, like rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, and osteoarthritis.
To reduce joint pain, muscle pain, or limb pain resulting from a sports
injury, follow these tips.
Cease Activity and Evaluate the Injury
Don’t continue exercising or playing sports after sustaining a sports
injury or if a chronic injury is causing pain. Instead, evaluate the sports
injury to determine its severity. Check for obvious signs of trauma, like
swelling, deformity, bleeding, bruising, joint pain or stiffness, muscle
or limb weakness, or a bone that’s out of place. Determine how severe
your pain is when you move the injured limb, when it’s at rest,
and when under weight or pressure.
Treat Minor Injuries With At-Home Pain Management
If you can put weight or pressure on the injury with minimal pain, and
if there is minimal bruising or swelling, the sports injury is probably
minor. You still shouldn’t resume physical activity, but should
go home to treat the injury. Use over the counter anti-inflammatory pain
medication like ibuprofen to treat swelling, pain, and inflammation, and
rest your injured limb until pain ceases. To treat swelling, ice the injured
limb for 20 minutes at a time, four to eight times a day, elevate the
limb above heart level, and compress it with an elastic bandage.
Know When to Visit an Orthopaedic Doctor
You should visit an orthopaedic doctor for any severe sports injury or
when a minor or chronic injury affects your daily routine. Symptoms of
a severe sport injury include extreme pain, swelling, bruising, an inability
to walk or put pressure on the injured body part, extreme muscle or limb
weakness, or a visible deformity. You should also visit an orthopaedic
doctor for pain management treatment of a mild injury or chronic injury
that doesn’t improve after one to two weeks of rest and at-home care.