Sports Injuries and Pain
Sports injuries can happen to any active person, from professional athletes to the most casual sports enthusiast. While the number of people trying to stay healthy and active is increasing, more people are experiencing these types of injury. There are many factors to blame.
Regardless, pain management doctors in Atlanta are helping people with injuries from sports manage their pain. From a broken ankle to a torn ligament or tendon, pain management practices exist to help with your specialized form of pain.
Read on for some of the most commonly asked questions as well as their answers. If you feel we haven’t answered your question here, get in touch. We are happy to go over your questions about managing pain from sports injuries.
When Should You Seek Treatment for Sports-Related Pain?
It’s always best to seek medical advice sooner rather than later. Trying to ignore the pain caused by a sports injury can lead to chronic pain. Chronic pain condition can lead to a number of debilitating symptoms that can last for many years.
After a sports injury, the first step is to seek out a proper diagnosis. A proper diagnosis is essential to a full recovery. Patients should have a full orthopedic and neurological examination. V. K. Puppala, M.D. utilizes imaging technologies to ensure a proper diagnosis, including fluoroscopy, ultrasound, and traditional x-rays.
Approximately 1 Million Americans are Injured Every Year While Playing a Sport.
Generally speaking, sports injuries are most often related to the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints of the body. For example, herniated discs, tendonitis, ankle sprains, and neck injuries have all been associated with participating in athletic activity.
Don’t let a sports injury keep you on the sidelines. V. K. Puppala, M.D. has the expertise, the skill and the passion to get you back in the game and help prevent re-injury. Atlanta pain management specialist, Dr. Puppala, can help you treat pain from a wide range of sports-related injuries without surgery.
Common Sports-Related Injuries:
- Knee pain caused by a common strain or sprain to a meniscus or anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and runners knee
- Back, neck & spine pain resulting from a herniated or bulging disc, spinal compression fractures or trauma
- Golfer’s or Tennis Elbow, Back Pain
- Running Injuries – Shin splints, Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Stress Fracture, Heel & Arch Pain
- Shoulder pain, whether caused by a torn or inflamed rotator cuff, dislocation or bursitis
- Foot or ankle pain caused by a sprain, stress fracture, Achilles tendonitis or ankle instability
- Health issues that particularly affect women athletes
Most commonly, athletes will experience injuries related to overuse, which causes wear and tear on the tissues of the body. This is particularly true for parts of the body that are repeatedly subjected to activity (including the knee, ankle, or shoulder). Tennis Elbow is an extremely common sports injury resulting from overuse.
V. K. Puppala, M.D. takes a “whole” patient approach that is specifically designed for the individual who is physically active and desires to stay that way. He will focus on getting to the root of your pain and will create a treatment plan to help you get back on the field, court, road, course, or track faster.
By visiting a doctor such as Dr. Puppala, who specializes in pain management and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, patients can experience a program of pain management and rehabilitation that is designed specifically for the types of injuries caused by their athletic activity. Dr. Puppala is located in Villa Rica, Georgia and sees patients from all over the Metro Atlanta area. Call 770-627-7246 or 770-MAP-PAIN today to schedule an appointment.