Don’t Let Sports Injuries Sideline Your Season

By eMedical Urgent Care

Behind every good athlete is a great physician. During a sports physical at the Middletown EMO or Berkeley Heights EMO, any bone, muscle or head injury history to-date is thoroughly reviewed and examined to keep athletes in top shape for the upcoming season. However, tackles, tumbles and falls are bound to happen.

Stunts and plays don’t always go as planned and someone is left on the injured list. Sports-related injuries – minor or major – are inevitable, but how you react will determine the long-term effects of your injury. Often athletes try to finish the game by “pushing through” the pain. While determination and heart are commendable attributes athletes possess, it also is smart to seek medical attention; don’t let one game be your last game.
The following are three most common sports-related injuries, their symptoms and treatments.

Bone Fractures

A fracture is a break in a bone. Fractures can be simple or complex in multiple pieces. The fracture can bleed into the surrounding tissue, resulting in bruising and, in severe cases, a limb-threatening condition called compartment syndrome. The fracture also can injure adjacent nerves, tendons or blood vessels.

Signs of a Fracture

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Deformity
  • Numbness

If you experience any of these symptoms it is best to seek medical attention. During your visit to eMedical Urgent Care in Middletown NJ or Berkeley Heights NJ, a doctor will perform a physical examination. If a fracture is strongly suspected and not seen on X-ray, a CT scan may be recommended. If needed, the doctor will recommend seeing an orthopedic surgeon.

Concussions

Concussion occurs after head trauma and results in headache, confusion, loss of consciousness or other neurological symptoms without any abnormality on a CT scan. Second impact syndrome occurs when a second concussion takes place before the first improves and can result in severe or persistent symptoms and, rarely, brain swelling or death.

Signs of a Concussion

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Double Vision
  • Vertigo

After getting hit in the head it is expected that a headache would follow. However, when sustaining a head injury it is best to visit eMedical Urgent Care or your local emergency department to rule out a traumatic brain injury. When visiting our EMO office in Middletown or Berkeley Heights, a physician will perform a physical examination. A CT scan and/or MRI may be ordered to rule out any serious brain injuries as indicated.  If needed, our physician will recommend seeing a neurologist.

Lacerations

Lacerations are cuts to the skin. Lacerations can be simple, involving only the skin, or complex, with injury to tendons, nerves and/or blood vessels. With tendon lacerations there is weakness in the movement of the affected limb or appendage, and with nerve damage, numbness is experienced in areas away from the location of the laceration.

Signs of a Laceration

  • Cut
  • Bleeding
  • Weakness
  • Numbness

If you have a cut that won’t stop bleeding after being covered with a bandage for a few hours, you should head to either the Middletown or Berkeley Heights eMedical Urgent Care center.  A history and physical exam will be performed with special attention to blood vessels, nerve and tendon functions to evaluate the injury. An X-ray may be done to rule out a foreign body. Simple lacerations may require only a bandage or sutures may be necessary. More complex lacerations may require repair of tendons, nerves and/or arteries. A tetanus vaccination may be recommended.

As long as there are athletes there will be injuries. eMedical Urgent Care asks that you play responsibly. From pee-wee football to varsity to rec league, our doctors can treat a variety of sports-related injuries quickly and competently. And, should you need a sports physical for the next season, we can do that too.

If you need medical attention for a non-life-threatening illness or injury, eMedical Urgent Care Middletown and Berkeley Heights are open during the evening hours to treat walk-in patients. If you have questions about medical conditions, download iTriage from the iTunes or Android Marketplace, or check out iTriageHealth.com for your healthcare answers.

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