The Importance of Treating Sports Injuries

Whether you’re a professional athlete, or you just like to play around on the court, sports are a big part of your life. While participating in sports is a great way to get exercise and build life-long friendships, your body is always at risk for injury.

At Mehling Orthopedics, our providers are experts in treating sports injuries, along with other orthopedic conditions. Dr. Brian Mehling and Dr. Pavel Yufit are our two skilled orthopedic surgeons who specialize in treatments for sports injuries.

What are common sports injuries?

Kids and adults alike enjoy sports as a way to stay in shape and have fun. These activities take time and effort to learn the game and get your body prepared for the activity. Proper training and body mechanics are the keys to a successful season at your sport. However, even with good technique and hours of training, injuries can still occur. 

So what are common sports-related injuries? Here are a few that you might come across:

There are other possible athletic injuries, such as concussions. These need to be treated correctly to prevent problems down the road.

Treatments that we offer

Whether you find yourself with a sprained ankle or a broken bone, our team at Mehling Orthopedics can help. After Dr. Mehling or Dr. Yufit performs a thorough physical exam, they may do imaging studies, like an X-ray or an MRI, to assess the extent of your injury. 

The type of treatment depends on the location and severity of your injury. Some conservative treatments that can help include:

In some cases, our doctors may recommend regenerative medicine treatments like stem cell therapy or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP and stem cell therapy use your own cells to activate and accelerate your body’s own healing. These treatments can be used in conjunction with other therapies to speed up your recovery. 

Dr. Mehling and Dr. Yufit may recommend surgery if your injury is severe enough that it won’t heal with conservative measures.

Why you shouldn’t let your injury go

It’s very important that you get treatment as soon as you notice an injury. Untreated injuries may weaken that area of your body, leading to recurrent injuries that are likely to be more severe in nature.

Avoiding treatment also puts you at risk for degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis from recurrent wear and tear on an already injured joint. Letting a small injury go may lead to a bigger, more painful problem down the road, as well as missed time on the field. In severe cases, you might not even be able to go back to playing your sport.

If you’re dealing with a sports injury and you want superb treatment, call one of our offices in Hackensack, New Jersey, or West Islip, New York, to make an appointment with our team.

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