When athletes suffer from injuries, they are restless, anxious, and ready to get back into the game. As an orthopedic surgeon in Deland, we offer sports medicine specialists that work with athletes to diagnose, treat, and rehab injuries sustained from their performances. We work to specifically prevent and treat injuries that have occurred as a result of physical activity involved in sports and exercise. There are a few ways that our sports medicine physicians can help you get back in the game after an injury.
Before you even sustain an injury, you need to do what you can to prevent them. Although this may seem counterintuitive, it can prepare your body for a less intensive healing process as you recover as well. Our team works with athletes to discuss proper stretches and exercise regimens to strengthen muscles, flexibility, and coordination to improve athletic performance and maintain your health.
Many athletes choose to go directly to their specialists because then they can receive timely and prompt diagnoses of their injury. If you have sustained an injury that resulted in extreme pain, limited range of motion, excessive swelling, or decreased mobility, you will want to see an orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible so they can understand the full extent of your injuries. When you receive a prompt diagnosis, you can mitigate any further damage by trying to ‘push through the pain’ or ‘walk it off’ as many athletes try to do.
After your injury is diagnosed, your surgeon will work with you to provide you access to the best treatment options to manage your pain. Typically, this starts with less-intensive treatments, like rest, ice, and compression, and it will eventually make room for more intense treatments, like surgery. By taking this approach, your doctors ensure that you are not putting your body through too many unnecessary medications or surgeries before it heals itself.
When you work with a specialist, they also keep track of your healing process and rehabilitation journey. Whether they work directly with you as you rehab your injury, or they refer you to a physical therapist in their clinic, they will still be there to oversee and consult with you throughout this process. As you have more confidence in your abilities and your healing is going in the right direction, they will also listen to your concerns over returning to the game. When they believe you are healthy and recovered, they will be able to give you the green light to start up again.
These are just a few reasons why you should be treated by a specialist when you are eager to get back in the game after an injury. If you have suffered an injury to your bones, joints, muscles, or ligaments, you will want to seek treatment from an orthopedic surgeon in Deland.