The specialists at Ogden Clinic in Utah are familiar with a variety of different sports injuries. Depending on the severity of the injury, one of our specialists may recommend a home-treatment plan, surgery, and physical therapy. Some of the most common sports injuries we encounter at Ogden Clinic are:
Almost every athlete has sprained their ankle at some point. It occurs when the foot turns inward and ligaments on the side of the ankle stretch or tear. The best remedy for a sprained ankle is ice and exercise to reduce loss of strengthen and flexibility. If, however, the sprain is high on the ankle it is best to come into Ogden Clinic for an examination. High ankle sprains take longer to heal and they can point to a separation in the lower leg bones.
Another very common sports injury, shin splints, develop from repetitive stress and pounding on the bones and muscles of the legs. The best way to treat shin splints is with rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen, to reduce inflammation.
The motion of pushing off in a side-to-side motion, like that of hockey, baseball, and soccer players, often results in groin sprains. For a groin sprain to heal properly, it is important to use compression, ice, and get plenty of rest. You will only need to see a doctor if your groin sprain has substantial swelling.
An ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, tear is the most painful and severe of all the common sports injuries. The ACL holds the leg bone to the knee, so if you suspect an ACL injury it is critical to see an Ogden Clinic specialist right away. Depending on whether the ACL is strained or torn, you may need surgery to fix it and remain physically active.
Tennis elbow, also known as epicondylitis, occurs from repetitive motion of the elbow. It is commonly found in people over the age of 30, who play golf or tennis. Tennis elbow is not a serious condition, and generally only requires a break from the sport to heal and improve pain.
If you would like more information on how to treat your sports injuries, contact a Sports Medicine physician at Ogden Clinic today.