Sports Medicine

It is seen that sports teams usually have their own sports medicine doctors who help players to heal and rehabilitate the injury faster so that they can return to their daily practices and the game quickly. Thus sports medicine is an important part of orthopaedics as it deals with the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of injuries suffered during athletic activities.

Muscle cramps, ACL tears, fractures, sprain, and strain, tearing of tendon and ligaments and heat exhaustion are some common sports injuries. It is essential to seek proper treatment for the injuries in the initial stage only to avoid further wear-tear and damage. Staying hydrated, warm-ups, scheduled eating habits and proper rest can prevent injury causes too much extent.

A new approach to treat injuries with minimally invasive procedures resulting in quick recovery is known as Arthroscopy. It is a procedure that involves an investigation of the area of treatment with the help of a small tool known as an arthroscope. It is a surgical procedure that allows a doctor to see the injured area without making large incisions through the skin and soft tissues, allowing the orthopaedic doctor to diagnose the cause of pain. Orthopaedic surgery repairs the tissues inside and outside the joints.

When to see a sports medicine specialist

If you suffer from a major injury during exercise or sports, you need to seek immediate medical aid. Signs of major injury include severe pain, swelling, numbness and inability to move the injured part. Your sports medicine doctor may recommend you with a list of nutrients and supplements which can increase the recovery rate and reduce pain.

Some of the common sports injuries are

  • Ankle sprain
  • Fracture
  • Cartilage injury
  • Concussion
  • Tendonitis
  • Knee and shoulder injury
  • Heat illness

Most sports injuries do not require surgery. Pain relievers, ice and cast or sling can be used to keep the injury immobilized and help in reducing swelling, pain and inflammation. Surgeries are needed to fix torn tissues and fractures

Diagnosis

During the physical examination, your sports medicine doctor may ask about the degree of pain and tenderness in the injured area. Depending upon the suspected injury your doctor may order some X-ray, Ultrasound, CT scan and MRI to look up for evident fractures and tissue damages.

Treatment

Treatment depends on the location and severity of the injury.

Elbow Treatments
Elbow injuries are most commonly associated with sports activities such as tennis and baseball. The elbow is an exceptionally complex joint-it's made up of the humerus (upper arm bone), the ulna (larger of the lower arm bones), and the radius (the smaller in bone in the lower arm), along with a delicate intersection of muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Head Treatments
If you engage in sport, you run the risk of getting a head injury. A stray ball, a helmet-to-helmet collision, an awkward fall, and countless other scenarios often result in the head sustaining an injury such as a concussion.

Knee Treatments
Knee injuries like ACL injury, patella dislocation, or cartilage damage can be easily treated by sports medicine. Pain and swelling can be reduced with the help of pain-relieving injections, medication, physical therapy and surgery.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy utilizes platelets from the persons' blood to rebuild a damaged tendon or cartilage and speeds up the healing procedure

Shoulder Treatments
Sports Medicine specializes in treating all kinds of shoulder injuries and providing relief from pain.

Stem Cell Treatment
Stem Cell treatment is used to provide relief from osteoarthritis (OA) pain and chronic tendonitis. Patients can benefit from a unique non-surgical procedure using stem cell injections.

At Adam Vital Hospital, we have the best team of Orthopaedic surgeons who will help you understand the injury and choices of treatment. We are among the best orthopaedic hospitals in Dubai providing treatment for all kinds of sports injuries including spine surgery and helping you in returning to an active lifestyle.

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