Some of the general treatment options that are helpful for the management of sports injury include:
It is one of the best treatment options for minor injuries such as sprains and strains. It can be initiated at home for three or four days to get relief from the mild injury.
The word PRICE stands for
- Protection – The therapy helps in protecting the affected area from further injury
- Rest – Take rest; avoid exercise or any other physical activity that puts pressure on the point of injury
- Ice – Apply ice pack on the affected area every two to three hour for around 15 to 20 minutes.
- Compression – To limit the swelling try using elastic compression bandages
- Elevation – Keep the injured body part raised above the level of the heart to reduce swelling.
A patient can take pain relief medicines or painkillers to ease the pain. These medicines can be paracetamol, ibuprofen, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). A patient can also apply ointments on the affected area to ease pain and reduce any swelling.
- Corticosteroid Injections
A corticosteroid injection is recommended in case of severe or persistent inflammation. It helps in relieving the pain caused by the injury. The relief from the pain is for a short duration. If necessary a corticosteroid injection can be repeated for two or three injections a year.
Surgery in any sports injury is usually performed when all non-operative treatment options fail to work. The doctor suggests the patient and his family about the possible treatment, for the patient’s injury and they have to make a final decision on the same.
The surgical treatments offered by our team of specialists depending upon the severity of the injury. We follow a Minimally Invasive approach to perform surgery which requires a smaller incision and speed up the recovery time and has many benefits over traditional surgery.
It is a specialist treatment recommended to patients recovering from a long term injury. It includes massage, manipulation, and exercises to strengthen the surrounding muscles, improve range of motion and help the injured area to return to normal function.
A physiotherapist at our Sports Injury Unit will develop an exercise programme to help patients strengthen the affected body part and reduce the risk of the injury recurring.