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Sports Injury

The Sports Injury Unit at Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital is a most prominent resource for quality healthcare, Total Rehabilitation and Sports and Orthopaedic injuries. We are home to a team of professional Sports & Orthopaedic Surgeons, Physiotherapists, Sports Nutritionists, dieticians, who offer a tailored patient-centric treatment plan for our active patients by following a multidisciplinary approach to get them back to their active lives.

At our unit, we treat athletes and non-athletic people of all ages with the top-of-the-line treatment in association with our rehabilitation team that helps patients in building strength, improve balance, become more flexible, and increase their endurance level. 

The unit is well-equipped with advanced technology to perform the least invasive yet highly-effective treatments for a lot of elite athletes as well as weekend warriors to help them feel better and offer rapid recovery from injury. In addition to this, we follow preventative strategies to ensure our patients get back to a 100% performance level as expeditiously as possible
 

What is a Sports Injury?

A sports injury is a type of injury that occurs during exercising or when a person is engaged in some kind of sports activities. A sports injury can occur due to many reasons like overtraining, fail to warm up, lack of conditioning, and improper form or technique that can result in injuries such as
Acute Injuries like:

  • Ankle Sprain
  • Muscle tears
  • Knee injuries like ligament tears or cartilage injuries
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Fractures
  • Tendon Ruptures
  • Dislocations

Or Chronic Injuries like:

  • Hamstring Strains
  • IT Band syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Runner’s Knee

What are the indications for seeing Sports Medicine doctor?

Sports injuries are common in young and adult age. There are various factors which indicate the need for proper sports injury treatment is as under:

  • Fractures in the bone
  • Ligament Injuries of the Knee or ankle (Sprain/ Strain)
  • Consistent pain in the affected area not improving with PRICE
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    Sports injuries are common in young and adult age. There are various factors which indicate the need for proper sports injury treatment is as under:

    • Fractures in the bone
    • Ligament Injuries of the Knee or ankle (Sprain/ Strain)
    • Consistent pain in the affected area not improving with PRICE
    • Not able to move the injured part or put weight on the injured area, etc

What are the various treatment options available for the management of Sports Injury?

Some of the general treatment options that are helpful for the management of sports injury include:

  • PRICE Therapy

It is one of the best treatment options for minor injuries such as sprains and strains. It can be initiated at home for three or four days to get relief from the mild injury.
The word PRICE stands for

    • Protection – The therapy helps in protecting the affected area from further injury
    • Rest – Take rest; avoid exercise or any other physical activity that puts pressure on the point of injury
    • Ice – Apply ice pack on the affected area every two to three hour for around 15 to 20 minutes.
    • Compression – To limit the swelling try using elastic compression bandages
    • Elevation – Keep the injured body part raised above the level of the heart to reduce swelling.
  • Medication

A patient can take pain relief medicines or painkillers to ease the pain. These medicines can be paracetamol, ibuprofen, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). A patient can also apply ointments on the affected area to ease pain and reduce any swelling.

  • Corticosteroid Injections

A corticosteroid injection is recommended in case of severe or persistent inflammation. It helps in relieving the pain caused by the injury. The relief from the pain is for a short duration. If necessary a corticosteroid injection can be repeated for two or three injections a year.

  • Arthroscopy Surgery

Surgery in any sports injury is usually performed when all non-operative treatment options fail to work. The doctor suggests the patient and his family about the possible treatment, for the patient’s injury and they have to make a final decision on the same.
The surgical treatments offered by our team of specialists depending upon the severity of the injury. We follow a Minimally Invasive approach to perform surgery which requires a smaller incision and speed up the recovery time and has many benefits over traditional surgery.

  • Physiotherapy

It is a specialist treatment recommended to patients recovering from a long term injury. It includes massage, manipulation, and exercises to strengthen the surrounding muscles, improve range of motion and help the injured area to return to normal function.
A physiotherapist at our Sports Injury Unit will develop an exercise programme to help patients strengthen the affected body part and reduce the risk of the injury recurring.

What are the steps required for the preparation of the surgery?

Surgery in any sports injury is usually offered if non-operative treatment options fail to work or in some serious injuries. Minimally invasive surgery or Arthroscopy surgery is commonly performed in sports injuries, which help in faster recovery.

What are the precautions one must take before and after the surgery?

The various guidelines that one must follow before and after the surgery include:

Before the Surgery:

  • Some injuries need a period of Rehab before surgery is recommended
  • Take medicines prescribed by your healthcare expert on time
  • Abstain from smoking and drinking
  • You might require a pair of crutches or wheelchair after the surgery, therefore buy it in advance
  • Eat a very light meal a day before the surgery to in order to avoid nausea and vomiting
  • Prepare yourself both mentally and physically for the surgery

After the surgery:

  • Start physiotherapy as soon as possible in concurrence with the operating orthopaedic surgeon
  • Take as much rest as possible and avoid unnecessary movement
  • Stick to PRICE technique which stands for protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
  • Do not take pain killers without consulting your doctor.

What are the advantages of sports injury management?

Advantages of the sports injury treatment include:

  • The sportsperson can return to his/her sports in most injuries
  • Surgery helps in protecting from the future damage to the cartilage
  • Surgery offers high potential for the normal functioning of the Joints

Find Complete Relief from Nanavati Experts

If you think you are facing similar conditions, or have suffered from them in the past, please contact the Nanavati team to schedule an appointment at : +91 22 2626 7500

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