Participating in sports is an excellent way to stay fit and healthy. However, training and competing increase your risk of acute and chronic sports injuries. The team of board-certified physicians and clinical staff at Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch in Austin, Texas, diagnoses and treats sports injuries for patients of all ages. If you or your child have a sports injury, call Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch, or make an appointment online for quality health care and affordable prices.
Sports injuries either occur suddenly, or repetitive movements and strain cause an injury to develop gradually. Some common acute sports injuries include:
However, you could also develop conditions like tendinitis, bursitis, and swollen, tight muscles from repetitive movements. Often, chronic sports injuries increase your risk of acute injuries.
Sports injuries usually cause pain, swelling, and stiffness. You might also have bruising or deformities from more severe injuries like dislocations or fractures. Signs of a concussion include headaches, tinnitus, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, or trouble thinking or talking.
Pain is how your body signals that something is wrong, and you should never ignore it. For example, if you have mild soreness or swelling, you should rest and use over-the-counter pain relievers, ice, and elevation to treat your injury at home. However, if your pain persists for more than a few days or gets more severe instead of better, call Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch.
If you have an acute injury like a suspected dislocation, sprain, or fracture, call the practice right away to let the team know you’re on your way in for treatment. They can collect the necessary details over the phone and make sure that you are seen as quickly as possible.
If you have signs of a severe concussion or a compound fracture, call 911, or go to your nearest emergency room.
The team at Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch provides thorough exams to evaluate and diagnose sports injuries. Your provider reviews your symptoms and how you sustained your injury. They examine your injury and, if necessary, order X-rays. Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch provides convenient, in-office X-rays as well as lab tests to evaluate injuries and illnesses.
Your provider creates a customized treatment plan for your specific injury. Some conditions like sprains, tendinitis, and strains improve with the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method. Other injuries might require a brace or a cast to immobilize the affected body part.
The team at Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch offers stitches and sutures. They also can reposition dislocated or broken bones to ensure you heal correctly. They also provide attentive follow-up care to monitor your recovery and help you get back to your beloved sport quickly and safely.
Call Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch, or make an appointment online for expert diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries.