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Many people stay in shape these days by playing a sport or working out at the gym. Despite the overall goal of staying healthy, you do put yourself at risk for common sports injuries. AFC Urgent Care Willow Grove’s board-certified doctors and experienced staff can treat you for these injuries at our state of the art urgent care center. Sports Injuries need immediate, proper treatment to stabilize the injury before they become worse, causing longer-lasting damage that is more expensive to treat. While you may initially push yourself beyond your physical limitation to injure yourself in the first place, don’t make it worse by ignoring the signs of an injury. Our walk-in medical clinic in Willow Grove can treat a variety of sports injuries for both adults and children.
Many sports injuries involve damage to your musculoskeletal system. The system includes your bones, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and other tissues. It is common to suffer injuries to this system while playing a sport or while working out.
Shin Splints – Ever wonder why your shin aches or throbs after sprinting or running? It is because you are suffering from a condition called tibial stress syndrome, also known as shin splints. There are muscles along your shinbone, and when they become inflamed or irritated, you can develop this condition. It is often the result of weak core muscles, flat feet, shoes that don’t fit well, or weak ankles. Make warming up and cooling down part of your workout Routine to help ease the symptoms associated with his condition.
Dislocations – When playing high impact sports, dislocations are not uncommon. They occur when the bones that make up a joint become separated, often also causing sprains and strains to tissue holding that joint together. Unlike other injuries, a dislocation will not heal on its own. A medical professional must put the bones back into place so it can heal properly. Do not try to pop bones back into place as you would see in the movies. You will likely cause further damage to the tissue around the joint.
Tennis Elbow – Do you need to play tennis to get tennis elbow? Afraid not. Tennis elbow can occur in anyone’s elbow if they overuse the muscles in that area. This condition is more common in someone’s dominant arm but can occur in either elbow. A related condition is “Golfer’s Elbow," which affects different muscles around the elbow. These conditions are named after their respective sports because athletes use those muscles regularly while playing.
Sprain – Ligaments that suffer an injury have what is known as a sprain. This tissue helps hold together joints and connects bones. Injuries occur when they are overstretched or torn. Symptoms of a sprain include inflammation, tenderness, pain, swelling, and bruising. Joints may be challenging to move when they suffer a sprain and feel a little “loose." While any ligament in your body can experience a sprain, AFC Willow Grove often sees sprains in the knees, ankles, and wrists. Our clinic can treat minor to moderate sprains, which include minor tears or overstretching. Major sprains that result in a complete tear of a ligament requires treatment from a more specialized doctor.
Achilles Tendon Injuries – Also known as an ACL, your Achilles Tendon runs from your heel up along your calf muscle. This tendon can become inflamed, overstretched, or tear. These injuries often happen suddenly and are among the more painful people can suffer. A tear in the ACL or overstretching can be treated if it is adequately braced, so this injury needs to be identified immediately. If a patient suffers a full ACL rupture, where the tendon completely tears, they will experience a full loss of function in that area of the body. Tears must be appropriately treated and carefully monitored until they are fully healed. It can be easy to reinjure an ACL if it is not 100% healthy.
Strain – Similar to a sprain, an injury to a muscle or tendon are called strains. Strained muscles are the results of tears, overstretching, or over contracting. They often arrive after you twist an area of your body or pull beyond what the tissues can withstand. A specialist must treat complete tears of a muscle or a tendon and usually involves surgery. At AFC Urgent Care Willow Grove, we can treat your minor or moderate strain. Symptoms of a strain include pain, loss of strength, and spasms in the area. Groin and hamstring sprains are the two most common strains we see at our clinic.
Fractures – Fractures occur when you break a bone in your body. Simple or clean breaks are the easiest to treat at our clinic. These fractures are contained and often only do a little damage to the tissue surrounding the bone. A compound or open fracture occurs when the bone breaks the skin and is exposed. This severe, traumatic injury must be immediately treated in an emergency room. Fractures must be treated right away so the bone can heal correctly and regain its strength. If left undiagnosed, you risk further injury in the area. We can treat most simple or clean breaks at our clinic.
Runner’s Knee – This condition is also known as patellofemoral syndrome and can sometimes be referred to as “Jumper’s Knee." Overuse or trauma, such as falls or heavy blows, can cause this condition to affect the knee. Despite its name, you do not need to be a football player or a marathon runner to suffer this injury. If you overuse your knee joint or take a heavy blow to it, you can get the patellofemoral syndrome. Those with Runner’s Knee often experience pain when bending, squatting, exercising, jumping, or climbing. They can also have pain in the knee after sitting for long periods. Occasionally, they may experience a “pop" or “crack" in the knee.
Concussion – When you suffer a injury to your brain as a result of a blow to the head, you suffer a concussion. Although it will cause a temporary loss of brain function, rarely do people lose consciousness when they suffer a concussion. You will often not see any external signs of trauma to the head either. Because this injury involves the brain, it must be treated very carefully. You risk a second, more damaging concussion if you are not careful. It could lead to prolonged recovery and an extended period of time where you will be prohibited from many activities.
Sports injuries often occur when your body is pushed beyond its physical limits. Being keenly aware of what you can and cannot do will help reduce your risk for a sports injury. The chances of a sprain or strain can be reduced if you warm up and cool before and after an activity. These stretches and cooldowns help increase blow flow to muscles and ligaments and prepares them for strenuous work. Muscle fatigue can also greatly increase your risk for a sports injury. From time to time, rest your muscles so they can recover before you continue.
No appointment is needed to see one of our board-certified doctors at AFC Urgent Care Willow Grove. We can treat you seven days a week at our clinic. Our facility has an onsite x-ray to examine your injury in detail. When you need immediate treatment for your sports injury, come to our urgent care center!
With state-of-the-art centers and a professional medical team, AFC provides on-site X-rays, labs, procedures, and more!
Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issues(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.