Approximately two million women, men, and children report to the ER for sports-related injuries each year, according to a report from the US Department of Health & Human Services. If you live in the Clear Lake or Greater Houston area and injure yourself while riding a bicycle, playing football, or engaging in other activities, get back in the game with treatment from a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained sports medicine specialist: Dr. Marilyn E. Copeland, of Fondren Orthopedic Group in Webster, Texas. Call or request an appointment online today.
Pushing your body to the max and playing hard for your team can feel exhilarating and increase your overall health. However, the forces exerted on your body during competitive play can seriously injure your muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones. Events or activities that can cause sports injuries include:
Women tend to be more prone to sports injuries than men for several reasons:
The most common sports injury is a sprained ankle. The ligaments on the outside of your ankle are particularly weak and may stretch or tear (sprain) when your foot twists or turns. Other common sports injuries include:
Treating your sports injury early increases your chance of a full recovery. If you’re in pain or can’t move a body part, Dr. Copeland can usually see you the same or next day.
If you suspect your injury is minor, you can try the RICE protocol: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are helpful for pain relief. If your injury doesn’t improve within a day or two, contact the experts at Fondren Orthopedic Group.
Dr. Copeland and her colleagues take time to learn about your injury through active listening and an in-depth physical examination. Usually, they order in-house X-Rays and, if necessary, MRIs.
Once Dr. Copeland makes a diagnosis, she devises a treatment plan to heal your injury and help you recover function. Therapies she may recommend include:
As part of your rehabilitation, Dr. Copeland enrolls you in a physical therapy program to help you build strength and flexibility to avoid future injury. Dr. Copeland also provides recommendations on ways to move more efficiently and healthfully.
If you have a fresh sports injury or one that hasn’t healed properly, contact Dr. Copeland at Fondren Orthopedic Group by phone or by using the online request tool.
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