Sport-Specific Injury Recovery & Rehabilitation without Surgery

Exercise offers many health benefits, both physical and psychological. Physical activity, whether on a team or individually, always carries some risk of injury, however. Regardless of skill level, a sports injury can sideline them, and if an injury happens, treatment will be necessary to heal the damage and address accompanying pain. Kinetic Sports Medicine is an activity injury clinic specializing in non-surgical activity-related injury care and sports-related concussion care.

Sports Injury Causes and Prevention

The most common sports injuries include ankle sprains, hamstring strains, pulling a muscle in the groin, shin splints, knee injuries, and tennis elbow. Some people experience these injuries due to over-activity. These "weekend warrior" injuries often involve sprains, strains, and pulled muscles. Other people fall victim to overuse injuries by performing repetitive movements over time. Shin splints, knee injuries, and tennis elbow are excellent examples of overuse injuries.

Prevention is the best course of action when it comes to a sports injury. Rehabilitation can be a lengthy and painful experience for many people. Although you may not always be able to prevent an injury, warming up adequately and observing personal limits are wise. Overuse injuries can be avoided by stopping when muscle fatigue sets in because this is when the body's natural protective mechanisms begin to fail and prone to injury.

Even with preventive care, an athlete may experience a sports injury. Recovery can be a long road. Visiting a sports injury clinic is a common solution after getting hurt. After consulting with a physician, a patient will receive a diagnosis and a treatment plan. Conventional treatment often includes rest, ice, medicine, physical therapy, and even surgery in some cases. But there are other options for sports injury recovery.

Newer Treatment Options

At Kinetic Sports Medicine, Dr. Richard Kim is the sports injury physician in charge of helping patients regain their strength and vitality through non-operative care instead of conventional treatments such as surgery. Dr. Kim is a board-certified primary care sports medicine physician, focusing his practice on newer technologies that often involve less invasive treatments for healing and pain management. Innovative research has resulted in promising procedures such as platelet-rich plasma injections, which actually use a patient's own blood to help with healing. After drawing a patient's blood, a special procedure separates out the plasma and platelets before reintroducing it to the area in an isolated form. This platelet-rich plasma is then injected back into the patient at an injury site such as a knee or an elbow. In a similar fashion, stem cells may be drawn from one area of the body and injected into another to aid in healing.

After a sports injury, rehab is often the primary goal to enable you to regain your activity level. Contact us to learn more about our services and see how we can help you manage your pain and recover from your injury. Sports injuries don't have to result in a permanent end to activity. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim to learn about non-surgical treatment options that can get you back in the game again.