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Sports Injuries

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Sports Injuries

Millions of runners and athletes experience sports injuries each year. Nikesh Seth, MD, and his team offer complete care for sports injuries at Integrated Pain Consultants in Scottsdale, Mesa, and Phoenix, Arizona. Working with a qualified provider can speed up your recovery and teach you how to use the proper technique. Call the nearest office today to schedule a sports injury appointment or book your visit online.

Sports Injuries Q & A

Do only athletes experience sports injuries?

Sports injuries affect active people from all walks of life.

The Integrated Pain Consultants team regularly works with athletes, but they also partner with construction workers, warehousing professionals, runners, and weekend warriors.

If you enjoy working out or work a physically demanding job, sports medicine can help you recover and enhance your performance on the court, track, or job site.

What are some common sports injuries?

The Integrated Pain Consultants team diagnoses and treats a wide range of common sports and activity-related injuries, including:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sciatica
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Knee pain
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Swollen muscles

Some sports injuries affect the hard tissues, such as fractures (broken bones) and dislocated joints.

How do pain medicine specialists diagnose sports injuries?

Your Integrated Pain Consultants provider reviews your medical records and asks about your injury, including what you did when it happened and the symptoms you’re experiencing.

Your provider completes a physical exam, looking at the affected area for redness, bruising, or swelling. Then, they gently move your joint or body part, checking its range of motion and stability.

Next, your provider orders X-rays, an ultrasound, or an MRI. These imaging procedures let them see your bones, joints, or soft tissues and can identify fractures or soft tissue injuries.

How are sports injuries treated?

The Integrated Pain Consultants team treats sports injuries using a minimally invasive and patient-centered approach. They might recommend:

  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Pain medication
  • Anticonvulsant medication
  • Antidepressants for pain control
  • Epidural injections
  • Medial branch or facet joint injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Hyaluronic acid injections for joint pain
  • Ketamine infusions
  • Medical Botox® injections

It might take several types of treatment, depending on the severity of your injury. To ensure optimal results, carefully follow your provider’s instructions.

How can I reduce my risk of sports injuries?

The easiest way to reduce your risk of sports injuries is to warm up before exercise, stretch, and wear the necessary safety gear.

Cold muscles are stiff and more susceptible to injury, whereas warm muscles are flexible. The Integrated Pain Consultants team can teach you how to use the proper technique and make equipment recommendations.

Call the nearest Integrated Pain Consultants office today if you’re struggling to recover from a sports injury, or book your appointment online.