Sports Injuries Specialist

Wisconsin Spine and Pain

Pain Management serving Waukesha, Green Bay, Sheboygan, West Bend, and Greenfield, WI

The thrill and achievement you experience playing sports are unbeatable, so suffering an injury can be devastating. If you have a sports injury, the team at Wisconsin Spine and Pain can help. At their locations in Waukesha, West Bend, Sheboygan, Green Bay, and Greenfield, Wisconsin, the board-certified pain management specialists offer advanced therapies for sports injuries without you needing to undergo surgery. Get the help you need to return to your sport by calling Wisconsin Spine and Pain or booking an appointment online today.

Sports Injuries Q&A

What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries are a broad category of problems caused by strenuous activities such as sports. Certain parts of your body are more prone to sports injuries, like the knees.

Sports injuries the team at Wisconsin Spine and Pain sees most often include:

Runner's knee

Runner's knee is the most common of all sports injuries, affecting runners, cyclists, swimmers, football, basketball, and volleyball players, and people who do aerobics. With a runner's knee, overuse of the joint leads to irritation of the tendon below your kneecap.

Knee ligament injuries

Knee ligament injuries can result from getting hit on your knee, landing on a flexed knee, or falling. They typically involve the ligaments that connect the bones in your knee – the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL).

Meniscus tear

The meniscus is a section of cartilage that cushions your knee joint. It's vulnerable to tearing along with the knee ligaments.

Rotator cuff tears

Rotator cuff tears mainly occur during tennis, swimming, and volleyball due to overuse of the shoulder.

Ankle sprains

Ankle sprains are most likely to occur when you're jumping, running, or turning quickly, as the ankle joint twists and the ligament stretches or tears.

Tennis and golfer's elbow

Tennis elbow causes pain outside the joint, whereas a golfer's elbow affects the inside. Both are due to inflammation in the tendons and muscles from overuse.

Other common sports injuries include shin splints (painful shins) and groin or hamstring strains.

Can I prevent sports injuries?

You can do a lot to help prevent sports injuries, such as:

  • Choosing the correct shoes and insoles
  • Replacing footwear regularly
  • Running on soft surfaces rather than roads
  • Strengthening your muscles with weight training
  • Stretching properly before and after exercise
  • Not working out when you're weak or tired

You should also avoid resuming sports activities until an injury heals completely, or you could develop chronic issues.

How are sports injuries treated?

The Wisconsin Spine and Pain team uses various methods to treat sports injuries depending on the type of damage and its severity. Options include:

Conservative care

Conservative care involves rest and activity modification, ice and heat, medication, and physical therapy.

Braces

Thigh, elbow, arch, wrist, ankle, and knee braces restrict motion in the injured area, which helps to control pain and speed up your recovery.

Injections

Steroid injections can provide significant pain relief when medicines aren't working. They're especially effective in combination with stretching and strengthening exercises.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy

PRP therapy involves injecting platelets from your blood into damaged tendons, ligaments, or cartilage. The concentrated platelets not only relieve pain but also boost the healing process.

For expert treatment of your sports injuries, call Wisconsin Spine and Pain or book an appointment online today.