Staying active through sports or exercise is one way to help keep your body healthy. But if you have a misstep or push yourself beyond your strength, physical activity can put you at risk of injury. If you injure yourself during a workout or game, our
sports medicine doctors at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital can help you get back to your routine.
Get Back in the Game
Whether you’re an athlete or a physically active person, you can take advantage of our Sports Medicine Program in Orange County, CA. We have a team of highly experienced orthopedic physicians, nurses, physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists
available to treat your injury or improve your joint mobility and strength. We will explore nonsurgical options first for your injury. Then, if you need surgery, we have advanced techniques to help you recover faster with minimal scarring.
A sports injury doctor treats athletes and people who are physically active. Our sports injury doctors can provide you with resources to help you safely engage in physical activity and reach your fitness goals.
Some of the most common
sports injuries we treat are as follows:
- Achilles tendon rupture: this happens when the Achilles tendon ruptures, causing difficulty walking and sudden pain
- Dislocation: a bone is forced out of its socket, resulting in pain and swelling
- Fracture: a broken bone, including:
- Acute fractures
- Stress fractures
- Growth plate fractures
- Knee injuries: the most common of which are patellofemoral syndrome’s and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears. A repetitive thigh bone and kneecap movement may result in patellofemoral syndrome or pain around the kneecap, while
ACL tears happen when there is a sudden change in direction
- Rotator cuff injury: damage in one of the four muscles that form the rotator cuff, which keeps your arm in your shoulder socket, allowing you to lift and rotate your arm while keeping your shoulder stable
- Sprains: tearing or overstretching of ligaments
- Strains: tearing or overstretching of tendons or muscles
- len muscles: your body’s natural reaction to injury
Sports injuries can happen during exercise or while engaging in a sport. Two types of sports injuries are:
- Acute traumatic injuries: happen after a forceful blow, resulting in fractures, strains, cuts, concussions and sprains
- Overuse Injuries, also known as chronic injuries, occur from repeatedly repeating the same physical movement
Individuals at risk for a sports injury are those who:
- Play contact sports
- Are overweight
- Do not perform warm-up and cool-down exercises
- Do not practice proper exercise techniques
- Wear shoes not designed for sports or exercise
- Are not using proper equipment
- Increase their physical activity intensity too quickly
- Have certain anatomical features that are not ideal for a particular activity
- Are taking medicines associated with tendon rupture and tendinitis
Before engaging in a sport or physical activity, perform warmups and stretches. Keep the following tips in mind to prevent sports and exercise injuries:
- Before your workout, do stretches and warmups and wear proper clothing, gear and equipment.
- During your workout, make sure you use the correct form when performing an exercise, such as keeping your back straight as you squat. Ask a gym trainer or coach to guide you.
- After your workout, rest for a while and do cooldown stretches before taking a shower. You can also relax your muscles with yoga, massage or sleep.