Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries
When it comes to sports and exercise, it’s easy to overdo it. If you’re suffering from a sports-related injury, the team at Patel, Pulliam, and Hubli Medical in Tracy, California, have the specialized expertise to help. For your convenience, their facility provides technically advanced diagnostic equipment and nonsurgical treatment options for a wide range of sports injuries. Call today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Sports Injuries Q & A

Patel, Pulliam & Hubli Medical

What is a sports injury?

A sports injury occurs when the muscles, fibers, or tendons connecting your bones and joints are injured. Common sports injuries include:

  • Pulled groin
  • Shin splints
  • Knee injury
  • Tennis elbow
  • Strained hamstring
  • Ankle sprain

What causes a sports injury?

Most sports injuries are the result of poor training practices. When you increase your exercise duration or intensity too quickly or exercise through pain, an injury can occur.

In addition to trauma from high-impact sports, common causes of sports injuries include:

  • Body architecture: bowlegs, uneven legs, high arches, or flat feet can cause an awkward gait while running, which can lead to strain
  • Overuse: often seen in long distance running
  • Pronation: if your foot rolls inward too easily after your heel hits the ground, stress can be placed unevenly on leg ligaments and muscles
  • Racquet sports: can cause injuries to the wrist and elbow

How are sports injuries diagnosed?

Diagnosing the severity of your sports injury is critical to receiving proper treatment. The dedicated physicians at Patel, Pulliam, and Hubli Medical have expert training in sports injuries and nonsurgical orthopedic treatment.

Your optimum care is their top priority, and the facility offers technically advanced care for your comfort on-site. In addition to digital X-rays to assist in diagnoses, their hands-on experience helps ensure a speedy diagnosis and comprehensive treatment.

How are sports injuries treated?

In mild cases, doctors recommend following the PRICE approach:

  • Protect the area from further injury
  • Rest the injury by reducing activity
  • Ice the injury to reduce inflammation
  • Compress the injury with an elastic bandage to reduce swelling
  • Elevate the injury above the heart to reduce swelling

In addition to the PRICE approach, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter pain medicine.

For more serious sports injuries, your doctor can provide nonsurgical treatments including rehabilitation, medications that reduce inflammation and swelling, and injury-prevention strategies. Depending on your injury, they may also recommend steroid injections.

Dr. Patel, Dr. Pulliam, and Dr. Hubli work as a team, using an approach that aggressively treats your injury to get you active and pain-free as quickly as possible.

If you’re suffering from a sports injury, call Patel, Pulliam, and Hubli Medical today or make an appointment online.

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