Sports Injury

Sports Injury, Costa Mesa, California 

Participating in sports is a great way to increase physical activity while having while having fun. Unfortunately, unforeseen injuries ranging in severity are common, particularly in high intensity and contact sports. These injuries occur while performing or practicing a sport or physical activity and become a serious obstacle for athletes who have pressure to perform at optimal levels. The most common sports injuries are a result of trauma or a strain of muscles, ligaments, tendons or bones. Left untreated, these injuries can progress in severity, requiring more invasive intervention.

At Choice Care in Costa Mesa, California, we offer a wide range of treatments and services for sports injuries and athletic support to help boost performance.

Male soccer player with sports injury.

Sports injury treatments

Sports physical therapy is used to avoid damage that may have resulted in an acute or chronic injury. Sports related injures are common and often are an outcome of wrong techniques or over use of a certain side/body part causing a muscle imbalance that can lead to muscle injuries or potential torn ligaments or a blunt force impact injury that may result in broken bones.

Serious athletes participating in high intensity sports may need to regularly undergo physical therapy, often suffering from overuse injuries due to repetitive motion. Untreated, these injuries can progress into stress fractures, causing weak spots and cracks in the bone.

There are various sports injury treatments at Choice Care in Costa Mesa, California. Although treatments performed are dependent upon the type of sports injury and the severity, they all share similar goals:

 

    • Increasing mobility
    • Decreasing scar tissue development
    • Strengthening
    • Accelerate and ensure proper healing
    • Avoid the need for surgery

Regenerative Medicine

Individuals who endure ongoing and persistent pain from degenerative conditions or have continuing pain and symptoms from a sports injury may require further intervention beyond physical therapy.

Regenerative therapy at Choice Care in Costa Mesa, California, is a safe and effective alternative. This is done by harvesting healthy cells from the patient’s bone marrow for injection in problem areas, such as a knee joint. This autologous treatment uses the healing properties of the harvested cells to naturally stimulate the repair response of diseased, dysfunctional or injured tissue to accelerate the healing process.

Being sourced from the patient’s own body, there is no chance of allergy, and minimal chance of infection or adverse reaction.

With the efficacy of regenerative medicine now being widely recognized in sports injury rehabilitation, this can be used as an alternative to more invasive procedures such as surgery in some cases.

Athlete woman with ankle sports injury.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is an effective treatment that is used to correct a wide range of issues within the body after trauma or a sports injury has occurred. Physical therapy is used to rehabilitate and increase physical mobility to avoid medicated drugs and more invasive solutions such as surgery. Physical therapy starts with recognition of physical impairment, motion-related restrictions, or balance condition that happens from trauma to the body or an injury, congenital conditions, a newly onset disability, or other physical impairments. Those who have undergone surgery or have had more severe trauma may begin a rehabilitation program with a physical therapy in order to regain normal movement and manage pain.

Surgery

Surgical intervention may be necessary depending on the severity of the sports injury. This is often seen as a last resort because of the extensive periods of recovery, and higher risk involved. Because the outcome of surgery is never guaranteed, these surgeries sometimes provide a temporary fix with subsequent procedures needed.

Common sports-related injuries

Participating in sports frequently increases the risk of injury from repeated stress on the body. These common sports-related injuries include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Stress fractures
  • Joint injuries
  • Dislocations
  • Knee Injuries
  • Ligament damage

Severe sports-related injuries

Athletes in high intensity or contact sports have a higher risk of severe athletic injuries that require higher levels of medical attention. These severe sports-related injuries typically happen when colliding with others or from falling:

  • Neck injuries
  • Brain injury
  • Broken bone
  • Concussions

Prevention

Enduring a sports injury can lead to chronic pain, stiffness or lack of mobility, however, there are preventive measures that can be taken to be as safe as possible. Incorporating proper technique and taking precautious measures such as warming up and cooling down can lower your risk of a sports injury. 

A warm up is necessary to prepare for strenuous activities, stretching the muscles out to open up range of motion. In addition, learning the correct protocols and safety maneuvers for the sport or activity you engage in is important for the prevention of a sports injury.

Call us on (949) 791-2005 or fill out the form below to book a consultation at Choice Care.

 

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