Being active is great, but sometimes those activities come with a price. Sports injuries are an unfortunate problem that can quickly take away the fun and prevent you from doing the things you love. Sometimes these types of injuries turn into long-term problems, which means today’s injury can be a pain you’re still living with five, ten, or more years down the road.
So what can you do to prevent sports injuries?
- Get help from a pro whenever you’re learning a new sport. This is a good way of limiting errors that lead to injury.
- Make sure you have the right equipment for whatever sport you take up. From good running shoes to appropriate safety equipment, having the right gear is essential in preventing injuries.
- Always warm up before doing any type of physical activity. A few minutes of movement and stretching goes a long way toward preventing unnecessary injury.
- Don’t overdo it! It’s tempting to jump into a new activity with both feet, but if you’re new to any sport, or generally not very active, this can lead to injury.
If you do find yourself facing a sports injury, don’t ignore it. Untreated injuries don’t go away. Instead, they often become chronic problems. The first thing you should do is stop the activity and rest the injured area. Ice can help reduce swelling and pain, especially for the first 48 hours. Elevation can sometimes help as well, but if the pain doesn’t get better or increases within the first two days, you should seek medical help.
If you have a sports injury, or had one in the past that is still causing problems like pain and limited mobility, we can help. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation.