Exercise is important in conditioning your body against possible pain conditions, but when someone exercises without the correct form or preparation, it often leads to injuries. Due to their highly active nature, contact sports and sports with repetitive motions may bring instances of back pain. A sports injury can have several different causes like accidents, poorly made gear, or not doing the proper warm up or cool downs stretches. Sports injuries usually include:
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Knee injuries
- Shin pains
Acute vs. Chronic Injuries
Sports injuries come in two categories: acute and chronic. Acute injuries are the sprains and strains one feels in the middle of an exercise, usually with symptoms like swelling, not being able to put any pressure on the leg, and sudden, severe pain. Chronic injuries tend to happen after a sport or exercise and can last for a long time. While patients tend to describe a chronic pain from a sports injury as a dull ache, it can be painful enough that it becomes difficult to do simple movements like twisting or bending.
Treating a Sports Injury
Do not confuse injury with soreness. Soreness is a sign of your strained muscles healing and doesn’t last longer than 48 hours after the exercise. You can usually relax the tenderness that comes with soreness with some gentle stretches. Many injuries, like those that cause chronic pain, can’t be cured with simple stretching. Instead of trying to work through the pain until it goes away, it is better to seek the advice of a local medical expert who can analyze the cause of your symptoms. Your sports injury may have caused a mechanical condition with your spine that may need immediate attention, such as:
- Vertebral Compression Fracture
- Disc Herniation
- Joint Dislocation
- Spinal Misalignment
If you are in the New Jersey area and experiencing chronic pain from a sports injury that has been present for over six weeks, contact us at the Garden State Pain Center. Our doctors focus on patients who experience pain symptoms and can help you find the best treatment for your condition. Set an appointment at one of our locations today.