Accidents happen, whether you’re an all-star athlete, a beginner yogi, or just an occasional weekend jogger. Jay Bender, MD, at Bender Orthopaedics & Spine Specialist in Roswell, Georgia, specializes in sports medicine that helps your body heal, improves function, and prevents future injuries from occurring. Dr. Bender and his staff work with you to develop a plan that best suits your lifestyle. Call today or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
Sports medicine focuses on improving your athletic performance, as well as helping you to recover from current injuries and prevent new ones from occurring in the future.
Sports medicine treats a variety of patients, from amateur athletes and those who want better results from their exercise program to patients who suffered an injury and are working to regain full function. Sports medicine can also help those with disabilities who are trying to increase mobility and capability.
Generally, the most common sports injuries are sprains and strains. Sprains are injuries to ligaments, the tough bands connecting your bones to your joint. Stretching your ligaments suddenly or forcefully can tear them, resulting in an injury.
Strains are injuries to your muscle fibers or tendons, which anchor your muscles to your bones. A strain is often referred to as a “pulled muscle” as it often occurs due to muscle overuse. Examples of other common sports-related injuries include:
Sports medicine also involves nutrition advice, as well as coming up with a plan to help support your exercising program and prevent injuries from reoccurring in the future.
For more minor injuries, treatment may involve resting and the use of simple techniques, like RICE, to help relieve your pain and inflammation. The RICE method incorporates four steps of simple self-care: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. This technique helps reduce your swelling, ease your pain, and speed up the healing process in general.
Physical therapy can also help to regain strength and rehabilitate your injury as well. However, if your injury persists, Dr. Bender can help determine a plan to stimulate your recovery process. He provides injections, including trigger point, epidurals, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP), as well as cutting-edge Multiwave Locked SystemⓇ (MLS) Laser Therapy and radiofrequency ablation (RFA).
If you’re suffering from a sports-related injury, call Dr. Bender or schedule an appointment online today. The sooner you’re on your road to recovery, the sooner you can get back in the game.