If you’re an athlete at any level, you put your body through a significant amount of strain and increase your risk of injuries. At NASA Bone & Joint Specialists in Houston, Texas, Daniel O’Neill, MD, and Cristin Mathew, DO, provide customized sports medicine services. They can help you recover from injuries quickly and safely while also reducing your risk of recurring or future injuries.
Whether you’re a fun runner, student-athlete, or a professional, training for and competing in sports puts a lot of strain on your body and increases your vulnerability to injury. Some of the most common sports-related injuries include:
Sports injuries occur if you collide with another athlete or have another acute accident. You might also twist or roll a joint while running or jumping. Sports injuries also develop from overuse and repetitive motions.
Your risk of a sports injury increases if you don’t warm up or cool down correctly or if you increase your activity levels too rapidly.
The sports medicine experts and orthopedic surgeons at NASA Bone & Joint Specialists provide expert assessments and treatments for sports injuries. Depending on your needs, they might recommend rest, compression, and physical therapy or more invasive procedures like ligament reconstruction and cartilage repair. The team also provides injections to reduce inflammation and support tissue repair for overuse injuries. When necessary, they offer state-of-the-art minimally-invasive surgeries to repair severe sports injuries.
In addition to treating your sports-related injuries, the sports medicine experts at NASA Bone & Joint Specialists can also provide training advice and support. They can help you become stronger, faster, and more flexible, which enhances your athletic performance as well as reduces your risk of future injuries.
You can reduce your risk of injuries. Your sports medicine physician can provide expert, customized advice, but in general, you can take some precautions. For example, you should always warm up and cool down to keep your muscles and connective tissue supple and injury-free. Also, always wear the appropriate shoes and protective gear for your sport.
And perhaps most importantly, pay attention to your body. If you have pain or tenderness, use at-home treatments like ice and elevation and allow yourself time to recover. If you don’t let your body heal, you increase your risk of more severe injuries later.
Call NASA Bone & Joint Specialists or make an appointment online today if you’re looking for expert sports medicine services in the Houston area.