Common Soccer Injuries and Non-Surgical Treatment Options

Playing soccer provides the opportunity for cardiovascular exercise while players develop teamwork skills. People of all ages, from childhood into adulthood, often enjoy playing soccer on recreational or organized teams. With practice, soccer players can become more agile and coordinated, with a better sense of balance. As rewarding and enjoyable as soccer can be, playing this sport does involve some measure of risk due to the nature of the game.

Common Soccer Injuries

Running up and down the field vying for control of the ball is a physically demanding activity. The most common soccer injuries involve the lower extremities, and these injuries can be traumatic in some cases. Players may experience injuries that are a direct result of an event during play, such as a blow or kick from another player. In the game of soccer, foot injuries are particularly likely, as are strained muscles and tendons, sprained joints, and fractures. Soccer knee injuries such as an ACL sprain are common. Injuries to the upper extremities may occur from a fall. Sprains and fractures of the wrist are common, as are shoulder dislocations. Soccer head injuries as well as face and neck injuries are also risks due to collisions and falling. Neck sprains, fractures, and concussions are common traumas for soccer players as well. If a concussion is suspected, a player needs a full neurological examination to ensure the best treatment and recovery. And some athletes engage in prolonged practice and play, which can lead to overuse injuries such as shin splints, patellar tendinitis, soccer ankle injuries like Achilles tendinitis, and groin pulls.

Traditional Treatment Options

When common soccer injuries occur, immediate evaluation is necessary. A physician must evaluate the player and the injury to determine the required treatment. Although most soccer injuries are minor, requiring rest, elevation, and ice, some issues, such as soccer knee injuries, can be more serious. Traditional treatment options may include medication or even surgery. A player with an overuse injury should also rest, although some modified play may be permissible. Athletes shouldn't resume play until a physician clears this activity.

Alternative Treatments

Players with issues such as soccer hip injuries might consider alternative treatments to enhance healing. Platelet-rich plasma injections are one type of alternative therapy that may help with some joint or muscle injuries. Platelets contain growth factors, which help with natural healing. With this procedure, a patient's own blood is drawn. A laboratory process separates the platelets and plasma from the rest of the cells, and the platelets are enhanced to a higher concentration before mixing them back into the plasma. Then, a physician injects the platelet-rich plasma into the injury site. The body often responds positively to this therapeutic dosage of platelets.

At Kinetic Sports Medicine, our professional team is led by Dr. Richard Kim. Dr. Kim is a primary care sports medicine physician who has focused his practice on assisting patients by applying the most innovative and promising non-operative treatments for pain management and sports injuries. Dr. Kim specializes in stem cell therapies and platelet-rich plasma injections, which often produce positive results in patients of all ages. Contact us to make an appointment or to learn more about our services. The resolution to your soccer injury or pain may be non-surgical!