Sports Injury

Sports Injury Specialist
Sports injuries occur all too often when playing sports or exercising. As an experienced orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Steven E. Nolan practices sports medicine with the goal of administering the necessary surgeries and procedures to each patient’s injury to reduce pain. Schedule an appointment at Dr. Nolan’s office located in Sugar Land, Texas. You can call Steven E. Nolan, MD or use the online booking tool for convenient scheduling.

Sports Injury Q & A

by Steven E. Nolan, M.D.

What is a sports injury?

Sports injuries include any injury that occurs when playing sports or exercising. Dr. Nolan specializes in treating the knee and shoulder through arthroscopy, as they are some of the body parts most commonly prone to injury. Other common sports-related injuries include:

  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Knee injuries
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Pain along the shin bone
  • Fractures or dislocations

In general, sports injuries fall into two categories:

Acute injuries

These injuries occur suddenly when playing sports or exercising. They can include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Strained backs
  • Broken bones

Chronic injuries

Chronic injuries occur after playing a sport or exercising over an extended period.

What causes sports injuries?

Causes of sports injuries include various elements and factors, such as:

  • Accidents
  • Poor training practices
  • Improper gear
  • Being out of condition
  • Not warming up or stretching before playing or exercising

It’s important to take the necessary safety measures when playing or exercising to avoid sports-related injuries.

What are signs of a sports injury?

Depending on the type of sports injury, signs and symptoms vary. With a sudden and unexpected onset, an acute injury may show symptoms of:

  • Sudden, severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Not being able to place weight on a leg, knee, ankle, or foot
  • A tender arm, elbow, wrist, hand, or finger
  • Not being able to move a joint normally
  • Extreme leg or arm weakness
  • A bone or joint that is visibly out of place

In other cases, symptoms of a chronic injury include pain when you play or exercise, aching when you rest, or swelling.

If you are unsure whether you need medical attention, contact Steven E. Nolan, MD to solicit professional advice.

How are sports injuries treated?

Unless critical, sports injuries are usually first treated using the RICE method:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

In more serious cases, medical attention is necessary. Dr. Nolan can examine the injury at hand and will typically suggest one of the following:

  • Prescribing medications
  • Limiting movement
  • Performing surgery
  • Recommending physical therapy or rest

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Steven E. Nolan, MD and seek out Dr. Nolan’s expert opinion on your injury.

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