Whether you’re a professional athlete or an active weekend warrior, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Eric S. Millstein offers state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for a variety of sports injuries. Located in Century City, California, Dr. Millstein is highly experienced and trained in the most advanced techniques for both arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. To learn more, call Millstein Orthopedics or schedule an appointment using the online booking option.
The most common sports injuries are strains and sprains.
Strains are sometimes called “pulled muscles.” They happen when you injure a muscle or a tendon, which connects muscle to bone.
Sprains, on the other hand, are injured ligaments, which are band-like tissues that connect the bones within a joint. With both strains and sprains, injury can include overstretching, partial tearing, or complete tearing of the soft tissues.
Dr. Millstein treats a variety of sports injuries, including:
Whether you’re a first-time patient, or you need a second opinion, Dr. Millstein can examine your sports-related injury and provide a customized treatment plan for your specific needs.
Mild strains and sprains can be initially treated at home using the PRICE method:
Use a splint, brace, or tape to prevent further injury and protect the area until it can be evaluated by a medical professional.
Stay off of the injured area and restrict activity. For lower extremity injuries, a crutch can help.
Apply crushed ice or a cold pack to the injured area for 10-20 minutes at a time, three or more times per day.
Put pressure on the area using a wrap or bandage. Don’t wrap it so tightly that it causes tingling or numbness.
To minimize swelling, try to keep the injured area above the level of your heart.
The PRICE method can help reduce pain and swelling, especially after an injury first occurs. However, if you notice excessive swelling, deformities in the joint or bone, or if the injury isn’t getting any better after a few days of the PRICE method, it’s best to make an appointment with Dr. Millstein as soon as possible.
Many sports injuries are out of your control. However, sometimes sports injuries can be avoided with warm ups and stretching before workouts. It’s also a good idea to exercise regularly, so that weekend activities aren’t so different from your daily routine.
You don’t have to wait for a sports injury to see Dr. Millstein. Because he focuses on preventive care and general health, you can make an appointment if you have an active lifestyle, if you’re experiencing even a minor issue, or if you have questions about starting or changing your exercise routine.
To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.