Worse for Wear: 4 Signs You Have an Undiagnosed Sports Injury
Injuries can occur among athletes of any age, and in almost any sport. Some traumatic injuries can be quite severe and even life-threatening, but all injuries should be followed by proper diagnosis and treatment. Here are some common signs you have suffered a sports injury.
Strains and Sprains
Ligament sprains and muscle strain are the most common injuries among athletes. They occur through over-exertion, improper conditioning, or poor body mechanics. Signs include pain, muscle spasms, stiffness, or difficulty of movement in the affected area. Treatment is usually as simple as ice and heat therapy and a period of rest. Pain medication may also be required. In the case of severe pain or immobility, a medical diagnosis is essential.
Neck and Shoulder Pain
This a case of pinched nerves also known as a "stinger". This type of injury is usually due to trauma such as falls or collisions. Symptoms include sharp, radiating pain similar to an electrical shock, as well as weakness of the affected muscles. This can be felt all along the arm and may involve a spinal injury of the neck. Typically, the pain subsides with rest and treatment. However, stingers can keep recurring, or can last for weeks or even months and become a chronic condition if undiagnosed.
Many sports can do damage to the feet and ankles, such as by playing tennis on a hard court. Poor conditioning or improper footwear only increases the risks. Excessive and unnatural stress on the feet can damage bones, nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissue over time. Swelling, pain in the heel or ankle, and awkward walking are signs that foot injury has occurred even if discomfort is minimal. Treatments vary according to the underlying cause, but some conditions will require corrective surgery.
An abbreviation for repetitive strain injuries caused by constant, repeated movements that place stress on a specific location. Tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome are common forms of RSI. Wrists, fingers, forearms, and thumbs are the most common problem areas. Signs can include pain, stiffness, tenderness, tingling, numbness, tenderness and weakness. In the early stages these symptoms may only appear when the repetitive motion is performed. If not diagnosed and treated, this can lead to a painful, irreversible disorder.
Any injury can cause downtime and frustration for athletes. When injuries are severe or begin to repeat, it's important to have the problem diagnosed by a medical professional.
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