Sports Injuries


 

SPORTS INJURIES

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High-impact, high-energy sports can increase the risk of injury to the spine, nerves, and brain. The neurology specialists at Spinetech are experienced in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of sports-related injuries that can keep you from enjoying the activities you love. For a complete evaluation and personalized treatment plan, call or book an appointment online with one of their offices in Beaumont, Conroe, Nederland, or Houston, Texas.

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What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries refer to injuries that occur in the process of participation in physical activity of some kind. High-impact, high-energy sports hold the greatest risk for injury, but any sport can cause potential damage to the body if preventive care isn’t taken.

Common sports injuries include:

  • Bone fractures
  • Ligament tears and rupture
  • Muscle strains and sprains
  • Hernias

Any of these injuries could damage nerves and cause significant, long-term disability. Some injuries may affect the spine or brain more directly.

Which sports injuries are related to the brain, nerves, or spine?

Burners, or stingers, cause a sudden burning pain when an impact or quick movement causes the nerve to be stretched or compressed.

Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis cause small fractures in the spine and are especially common for young athletes that participate in high-impact sports.

Other related sports injuries include:

  • Concussion or brain bruising
  • Broken neck or fractured cervical vertebrae
  • Compressed or bruised spinal cord
  • Tennis elbow or tendonitis
  • Brachial plexus injuries or nerve damage of the arm

Prevention of injury is the key to avoiding long-term nerve damage and brain injury.

What are symptoms of sports injuries?

Symptoms of sports injuries vary depending on your sport and type of injury you sustain. Some symptoms may not be immediate or may worsen over time.

Symptoms that require evaluation and treatment may include:

  • Pain with movement or weight bearing
  • Loss of function or immobility
  • Weakness in muscles or joints
  • Burning, numbness, or tingling in extremities
  • Paralysis or loss of feeling in extremities
  • Blurry vision or loss of hearing
  • Severe headaches

If you have loss of consciousness, nausea or vomiting, paralysis, or obvious deformity, it’s important you seek medical attention immediately at the time of injury.

What can be done to prevent sports injuries?

Proper training and body mechanics are key to the prevention of sports injuries overall.

Protection of the spine, brain, and nerves from damage while playing sports, includes:

  • Wearing proper protective equipment
  • Avoiding direct hit to head or spine
  • Using proper technique for high-impact actions, like tackling
  • Knowing signs of spinal or brain injury
  • Seeking medical attention when injuries occur

The team at Spinetech is committed to the prevention, education, diagnosis, and treatment of sports injuries so that you can safely enjoy the activities you love the most.

For a sports injury consultation, call or book an appointment online with Spinetech today.

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