Sports Injury Doctor Austin, TX

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Finding a good sports injury doctor in Austin, Texas is important for not just athletes, but for anyone who is currently staying active. There is a risk for injury any time you exercise, so it is important to have a dependable physical therapist to get you back on track to doing the things you love.

Common types of sport injuries

According to healthline.com, the most common types of sport injuries include:

  1. Sprains – stretching or tearing of ligaments – the fibrous tissue that connects bones and joints. 
  2. Strains – injury to a tendon (the tissues that connect your muscles and bones) or muscle. 
  3. Knee injuries –  any injury that limits the function of the knee. common injuries include disolations, sprains, and tears of soft tissues like ligaments. 
  4. Swollen muscles – also known as myositis, which is any condition that causes inflammation in muscles. Different causes including infection, autoimmune conditions, or injury.
  5. Achilles tendon rupture – the achilles tendon is the tough fibrous connective tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Although it is strong, a complete or partial tear is possible when the tendon is stretched beyond capacity. 
  6. Fractures – a break, usually in a bone. The three main types include open (open wound or break in the skin near the broken bone), closed (when the bone breaks with no puncture in the skin), and displaced fractures (when the bone snaps into different parts and moves so the ends are not aligned) 
  7. Dislocations – joint injuries that cause the ends of your bones out of position. Often caused by falling or being hit, sometimes from playing contact sports. 
  8. Rotator cuff injury –  a tear in the tendons around the shoulder joint. Common in those who repeatedly perform the same shoulder motions repeatedly,  like those who play baseball, tennis, golf, or swim. 

Prevention

There are different ways to prevent injury while performing sports. First and foremost, it is important to dynamically warm up and appropriately cool down. A dynamic warmup is designed to increase your heart rate, increase blood flow, and ultimately prepare your body for exercise. While playing sports or exercising, make sure that you are wearing and using proper equipment. Ill fitting or improper equipment greatly increases your risk for injury. Finally, it is also important to take breaks and allow your body to rest. This will prevent overuse injuries that normally come from doing too much too soon. 

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In order to prevent greater injuries, do not attempt to continue playing sports or physical activity if you are already injured. Visit a sports doctor to get a diagnosis, and get your injuries treated by a physical therapist in Austin, Texas. 

Treatment

If you have acquired a sports injury, adequate and immediate treatment is key to recovery. One of the more common treatments is called the RICE method. RICE is an acronym that stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. If you have followed the RICE method but you are still swollen or feeling as though the injury has not improved, visit a doctor to get a diagnosis and plan your next steps, which may include physical therapy. 

In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary. Following surgery, it is important to see a physical therapist in order to develop a treatment plan to get you healthy and ready to be active once again. 

Cullen Nigrini is board certified in both Sport and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and has been dedicated to working with athletes since 1999. If you are looking for a sports injury doctor in Austin, Texas to aid in your recovery and treatment, call Austin Physical Therapy at 512-609-0771 or reach him by email nopain@ptatx.com to schedule your evaluation. 

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