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Sports Injuries Specialist

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGICAL CONSULTANTS -  - Orthopedics

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGICAL CONSULTANTS

Orthopedics, Physical Therapy, & Podiatry located in Merrillville, IN

If you have painful or ongoing sports injuries, the board-certified orthopaedic surgeons at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants in Merrillville, Indiana, are here for you. They diagnose the type of sports injury you have and treat it to maximize your recovery and relieve pain. Call the office to schedule an evaluation or book an appointment online today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries include musculoskeletal damage that happens when playing or training for sports events. These injuries are common but treatable with the experts at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants. See your orthopaedic specialist at the first sign of a problem.

What are the symptoms of sports injuries?

Common symptoms you might experience with a sports injury include:

  • Warmth
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Sharp pain
  • Bruising
  • Reduced mobility
  • Decreased joint range of motion
  • Dull or aching discomfort
  • Diminished sports performance

You might hear snapping, popping, or crunching sounds at the time of your injury, or notice a visible deformity in a muscle, bone, or joint.

What are common sports injuries?

Sports injuries that many athletes encounter include:

  • Fractures
  • Tendonitis
  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
  • Medial cruciate ligament (MCL) injuries
  • Tendon tears
  • Muscle injuries
  • Joint inflammation 
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Concussions
  • Shin splints
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Joint dislocations
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Groin pulls
  • Knee injuries
  • Repetitive strain and overuse injuries

Minor cases of sports injuries could go away on their own using home remedies, but severe injuries might need medical intervention to help you make a full recovery.

How does my doctor diagnose sports injuries?

To diagnose the type of sports injury you have, Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants specialists discuss your symptoms and medical history and ask what happened at the time of your injury.

Your provider checks your vital signs, completes a physical exam to look for signs of sports injuries, and often orders diagnostic tests. These might include blood tests, CT scans, ultrasounds, MRIs, X-rays, or other imaging procedures. 

How are sports injuries treated?

Depending on the type of sports injury you have, Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants providers may suggest:

Home remedies

Ice, rest, compression, and elevation (RICE) therapy is an often-effective home remedy for sports-related injuries.

Physical therapy

The physical therapists at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants work with you to complete exercises and stretches that strengthen affected tissues, speed up recovery, and reduce your risk of future injuries.

Medications

Taking medications can reduce inflammation and discomfort associated with sports-related injuries.

Injections

Joint injections enhance cell regeneration, diminish inflammation, reduce discomfort, and speed up tissue healing.

Surgery

If you have a severe sports-related injury and ongoing pain because of it, your Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants specialist might recommend surgery to repair or remove damaged tissues and help you make a full recovery.

Don’t live with ongoing pain associated with sports injuries when effective treatments are available at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.