Sports medicine or sports and exercise medicine (SEM) is a branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, recognition, treatment, rehabilitation, and management of sports injuries or recreational activities.
Axon Health Associates is dedicated to helping our patients prevent, treat, and recover from an injury to improve their athletic performance and health. We care for all kinds of acute and severe sports-related or recreational injuries at our convenient locations in Manhattan.
Comprehensive Sports Medicine Care in Manhattan
Sports medicine focuses on scientific research on how to live a healthy, active lifestyle by improving performance, preventing injuries, and effectively treating sports-related injuries. Sports injuries occur from exercising, physical activities, indoor or outdoor sports, accidents, or improper use of devices. Sports medicine specialists work with other health practitioners to help patients recover, including:
- Sports physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists: Involved with preventing and managing sports injuries.
- Specialty SEM physicians: Accurately diagnose, addresses the causes, treat and prevent musculoskeletal injuries or other sport-related medical problems.
- Orthopedic surgeons: They identify and treat musculoskeletal injuries.
- Certified athletic trainers: Provide rehabilitative programs to help athletes prevent injuries.
- Sport’s nutritionists: Offer nutritional and weight management advice.
- Sports psychologists: They focus on athletes’ emotional needs.
- Sports chiropractor: Diagnose and treat general discomfort resulting from sporting activity.
- Sports medicine acupuncturists: Utilizes special acupuncture techniques to locate and correct overactive muscle fibers. They use a combination of orthopedic treatments and eastern medicine to treat spot-related injuries and disorders.
- Sports massage therapists: They provide athletes relaxation benefits and have exceptional knowledge of sports injuries and physical activity.
Sports medicine professionals work with health practitioners to develop treatment plans to help injured athletes recover. They are trained to deal with injuries and psychological issues from exercise and sports. They help the injured athletes in:
- Watch players for safety or injuries when training or during sports
- Physical therapy routines and exercises
- Various treatments for injuries such as sprains, dislocations, or overuse.
Common sports-related injuries include:
- Sprains and strains
- Knee cap injuries
- Frozen shoulder
- Dislocated shoulders
- Rotator cuff tear
- Meniscus tears
- Bicep tendonitis
- Ligament injuries
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Golfer’s elbows
- Heat injuries
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
- Tennis elbow
Body Parts Commonly Injured During Sports
Different body parts are commonly injured during sporting activities such as:
- Head: The most common injury is a concussion. It is caused by a blow to the head, a collision, or violent shaking.
- Elbows: Are prone to tendon problems around the elbow, including tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis).
- Wrist: Common injuries include wrist fractures or broken bones.
- Shoulder: Injuries include a tear of the rotator cuff, inflammation, frozen shoulder, or labral tears.
- Fingers: Injuries include dislocations of the finger joints and swelling from soccer or basketball.
- Hip and groin: The hip is attributed to pulls and strains like labral tears, Femoroacetabular impingement, fractures, and dislocation. Groin injuries include sports hernia or avulsion fracture.
- Spine: The lower back muscle strains are the most common injuries. Other injuries include herniated discs, vertebral stress fractures, or dislocations.
- Foot: Overtraining and overexertion may lead to posterior tibia tendonitis, Achilles tendonitis, and stress fractures.
- Knee: Patellar fracture, knee dislocation, bursitis, and tendonitis are the most common injuries to the knee
- Ankle: Common injuries include heel spur, plantar fasciitis, or stress fractures
- Thigh: A thigh strain is the most common injury in sports.
Common treatment options for sports injuries include:
- Medications for pain relief
- R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) method
- P.O.L.I.C.E. (Protection, Optimal loading, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) method
- Immobilization with casts, braces, and splints
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Chiropractic care
At Axon Health Associates, we develop personalized treatments that focus on every patient’s unique needs for a fast recovery and rerun to sporting activities. We also offer non-invasive sports medicine treatments and preventative care to ensure you do not take time off sports.
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