Sports injuries affect the lives of professional athletes and weekend warriors alike, taking them out of the game and away from the healthy, active lifestyle they love.
Athletic injuries can affect any part of the body, from the neck to the feet, causing pain, swelling, muscle spasms and loss of mobility. Previously, treatment for a sports-related injury traditionally involved two options. Patients could attempt a conservative approach, taking a break from their sport until the pain subsided. But it often returned once they resumed activity.
Or they could opt for surgery, which can be expensive, painful and often is followed by a course of rehabilitation.
What Are the Most Common Sports Injuries?
Sports-related injuries typically involve sprains, strains, bursitis, tendinopathy, tendinitis, epicondylitis (a degenerative condition related to tendons), plantar fasciitis, peritendinitis, shin splints and more.
Some of the most common conditions are ankle sprains, Achilles tendon problems, ACL and MCL tears, patellofemoral syndrome, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), rotator cuff tears, jumper’s knee (patellar tendinitis), snapping scapula, muscle tears, hamstring pulls and meniscus tears.
Causes & Treatment of Sports Injuries
Although the specific cause of any athletic injury varies, most involve either a sports accident, overuse or biomechanical problems. Wearing incorrect footwear and failing to stretch or warm up are also frequently related to these injuries.
Sports medicine doctors often recommend that patients stop their athletic activity until the injury heals. This may involve using ice, elevation, compression and anti-inflammatory medication.
For professional athletes (and many weekend warriors) staying away from their sport is not an option. For some injuries, the doctor may recommend corticosteroid injections or surgery.
Laser Therapy for Sports Injuries
Laser therapy for sports-related injuries provides a highly desirable “middle ground” between no treatment and invasive surgery.
Laser therapy is noninvasive, has fewer complications and causes no concerns for sports-related drug testing. Treatment is simple and quick, performed in the doctor’s office in just a few minutes.
Medical research demonstrates how effective laser therapy for sports injuries can be for treating chronic and acute pain and expediting the normal healing mechanisms of the body. Treatment helps to reduce swelling and inflammation, restoring mobility and range of motion.
Sports injury patients want to get back to doing what they love, and what keeps them healthy and fit. If you don’t have time to wait for your body to heal on its own — or if you want to avoid the risks and recovery time associated with surgery — consider laser therapy for treating your injury.
Utah Laser Therapy in Draper, Utah, offers professional laser therapy treatment provided by Garth Muir, MD. Contact us today to learn more about laser therapy for sports injuries.