Although most commonly associated with professional athletes (like a baseball player tearing a ligament sliding into third base or a basketball player suffering from a torn rotator cuff from one too many free throws), anyone who engages in physical activity can suffer from a sports injury. These injuries can range from a mildly sprained ankle or sore muscles to more serious conditions like torn a meniscus or ACL injury.
Beverly Hills Sports Injury
Whether or not an injury will require medical attention depends on the level of severity, duration of symptoms, and what kind of injury is sustained. In many cases—as with sprains and certain isolated cases of swelling due to temporary strain—conservative treatments like icing, rest, elevation, and taking NSAIDs like ibuprofen will allow for the injury to heal on its own over time with no further symptoms or need for treatment.
In cases with more moderate injuries, a course of physical therapy in addition to rest and icing will work to heal the injury. Depending on the location and size of the tear, knee injuries like meniscus tears often respond well to conservative treatments such as rest, icing, and physical therapy. On the other hand, an ACL tear often requires surgery to repair and prevent further injury. In cases such as these, ACL reconstruction is typically performed.
Beverly Hills sports injury specialists like orthopedic surgeon Dr. Eric Millstein will evaluate each patient on a case-by-case basis to determine the appropriate course of treatment and rehabilitation. Other factors, such as a person’s age, weight, and overall level of fitness and activity, can also affect the propensity towards certain injuries as well as the body’s ability to heal and recover when an injury does occur.
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