Sports Medicine For Sports Injuries in Bel Air, MD

  1. Who is at Risk for a Sports Injury?
    All athletes in all sports are prone to injuries. From football to golf to cheer leading to dance, every athlete is as risk for injury.
  2. What is a repetitive motion injury?
    Most athletes suffer from repetitive motion sports injuries injuries that occur because they are doing the same motion over and over again. For example  a baseball pitcher who throws the ball over 300 times in one baseball game.
  3. I only play on the weekends can I get injured?
    Injuries often occur in what we call the “weekend warrior”; the 30-50 year old athlete that plays as if they were 17.
  4. Fun fact:
    Did you know female athletes are more prone to knee injuries? As girls become teenagers their hip start to change shape and can put strain on the knees making them more susceptible to injuries. And this risk worsens after childbirth. The easiest prevention is custom foot orthotics.

What Are the Most Common Sports Injuries?

The most common injuries in most sports are concussion, and sprains or strains.

How to treat a concussion

Treatment for concussions can be very tricky and most are still experimental. Initially rest is the best option, then moving into light exercises and rehab. Be careful of additional concussion injuries as multiple injuries to the brain often become more serious. Often times when there is trauma to the head and brain it also cause strains or sprains in the neck as well.

Treatment for Sprains and Strains

At Home remember P.R.I.C.E.

  • Protection – i.e tape, braces and wraps
  • Rest – often underrated and underused; but give it a break. One day of rest can prevent a more serious injury that can remove the athlete for an entire season or permanently
  • Ice -While never fun, Ice is always nice. Ice the affected area for 15-20 minutes, 3-5 times per day for the first 24-72 hours to reduce swelling. Leave ice off at least 1 ½ hours between applications.
  • Compression – Wrap affected area starting with the area furthest from the heart, using even pressure. Wear until swelling decreases, loosen if the skin beyond the wrap starts turning blue, black or purple.
  • Elevation – keep the injured area above the heart.

See a doctor if:

  • If there’s a bone sticking out, obviously.
  • Also if the injured area starts to go numb, the swelling and discoloration continues to worsen, you can’t bear any weight, or
  • If there’s no improvement in 3 days.

Why do I need therapy it’s only a sprain?

  • Sprains and strains often need help to heal 100 % . Tendons and ligaments undergo what is known as plastic deformation. As opposed to a rubber band that is elastic, soft tissues don’t bounce, they deform. On top of that, most have poor blood supply meaning healing times are slow and they need help returning to normal.

Can I just play through the injury?

You can but we do not recommend it.  Our goal is to help you get back on the playing field as soon as possible, and this is done by using the most advanced and sought after techniques in physical medicine. Sometimes a week or two of rest combined with treatment can help an athlete come back stronger. Playing through pain may seem like the tough guy thing to do, but actually causes more damage and prolongs recovery. Proper treatment will actually get you back faster than gritting through.

If you didn’t know, your body is not made of wine or cheese; it does not get better with time! Those small nagging injuries when you were young will come back to haunt you later in life. Take care of those injuries while they’re only a minor league issue, not a major league problem.

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Defining the Injuries

What is a concussion?

Concussions occur from a blow to the head or trauma to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth; leading to physical and chemical damage to the brain.

Preventing concussions

When it comes to concussions, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Insist that safety comes first. Insist on proper technique and safety equipment.

  • Helmets and other protective equipment should be well-maintained and be worn consistently and correctly. This includes keeping the chin strap buckled at all times. Understand that helmets can help protect the head and brain, but they are not 100 percent effective.
  • Follow the rules and practice good sportsmanship with self-control at all times.
  • Learn and apply the fundamentals skills often good technique will prevent injuries
  • Football
    • Practice “Heads Up Football:” never lower your head during a hit.
    • Use proper techniques in blocking and tackling.
  • Soccer
    • Goal posts should be padded
    • Soccer balls should never be over inflated.
    • All soccer players should be taught the proper technique for heading the ball, and never before age 10.

Concussions can also happen in any sport where there’s intentional contact such as hockey and lacrosse; but also in sports with unintentional contact – which includes just about everything.

What is a Sprain or Strain?

Sprains: A sprain is an injury where one or more ligament(s) is overstretched or torn. Severity depends on how many ligaments are damaged and how much of each individual ligaments fibers are pulled or torn. The most frequently sprained ligaments are the ligaments of the ankles, knees and wrists.

Strains: A strain is an injury to a muscle, tendon or both; caused by overuse, blunt trauma, or over-stretching. Depending on the severity of the injury, a strain may be a simple overstretch of the muscle or tendon, or it can result in a partial or complete tear. The low back and hamstring muscles are the most common locations for this type of injury.

What sports are at risk for a sprain or strain?

  • Contact sports usually sustain a strain injury from a trauma (i.e. a hit in football)*
  • Sports that have a lot of starting and stopping such as soccer or basketball.
  • Overuse injuries such as baseball or gymnastics
  • Endurance sports such as running
  • Sports that require prolonged gripping such as golf or tennis

*these are an example; these injuries can happen in almost any similar sport

See a doctor if:

  • If there’s a bone sticking out, obviously.
  • Also if the injured area starts to go numb, the swelling and discoloration continues to worsen, you can’t bear any weight, or
  • If there’s no improvement in 3 days.

How to Prevent Sports Injuries?

The best prevention for sprains and strains are similar to prevent of all injuries including practicing proper technique, maintaining physical fitness, wear the proper attire (including shoes) and protective gear. Be sure to warm up, know your limits, eat a healthy diet, and drink plenty of water.

From professional athletes to soccer moms, we treat everyone with precision and skill. We are here to provide you with the latest and best care in sports medicine today.

Dr. Lee specializes in diagnosing and treating common sports injuries, in addition to mechanical disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system. Our goal is to help you get back on the playing field as soon as possible, and this is done by using the most advanced and sought after techniques in physical medicine.

Have a sports injury? Call today 443-512-0025.

Testimonials

I have been having severe pain since 2014. I’ve had a full battery of x-rays/MRI done to diagnose my condition [as] severe arthritis. After I was prescribed an injection that I was told would take care of everything, the pain was back, worse than before. Dr. Lee reviewed my x-rays and MRI and set up a treatment plan... After the 1st visit my pain has decreased. I can already feel a big difference.

E.M., 68

Before coming to Dr. Lee, my ankle pain would wake me up during the night because of its severity. Dr. Lee has helped alleviate the pain in my ankle. By performing specific exercises twice per week, the pain is non-existent!

Nick, 33

I have been a patient of Dr.Lee's for about 10 months now. As a 22 year old, I have been suffering from back pain since I was about 13 years old. The pain increased a few years ago and despite physical therapy performed at other facilities, and pain medications from the doctor I was unable to control the level of discomfort. I found Dr. Lee and have been extremely happy with my results.

Dennet L.

I came to Dr. Lee with several aches and pains. I was nervous about receiving chiropractic treatment but Dr. Lee eased my concerns by thoroughly making sure that I was a safe candidate for adjustments... After regular adjustments and Physical Therapy, my knee pain is gone, my elbow pain is gone, my ankle and wrist are improving AND I’m reducing the migraines I used to get too!

Amy, 31

I began seeing Dr. Lee after noticing severe tenderness and pain in my left hip region... I was lucky to find Dr. Lee when I did, not only did he help me discover that the pain in my hip was actually related to a mass growing uncontrollably but he also gave me the comfort I’d been searching for with chiropractic. I’d recommend Dr. Lee to anyone who wants to be pain-free!

Pam, 19

I have had lower back problems for about 35 years. As I aged, they were getting worse. I also noticed I was over weight. I came to Susquehanna Spine & Rehab because Dr. Lee could address both issues as part of a unified plan. The diet regimen, chiropractic, and personalized exercises worked!

Tony, 63

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had pain in my neck and shoulders... Now that I’m an adult, my pain continues, but Dr. Lee is helping me a lot. I have an appointment twice a week, and I can definitely tell a difference. I use pain management along with the tens unit and physical therapy. All three of these services are working great and I’m definitely feeling better.

Andrea, 28

I have had back problems for years. I have been to other chiropractors I have even gone to medical doctors no one has been able to make it feel any better. Then I found Dr. Lee I have finally found relief. I am feeling so much better after starting care at Susquehanna Spine & Rehab.

S. age 60

I began seeing Dr. Lee because of a shooting pain I developed in my left heel... After a brief examination, Dr. Lee explained to me that my pain was being caused by Plantar Fasciitis... Shortly after Dr. Lee began treating my heel, I noticed that I was experiencing less and less discomfort. In a few short weeks, I was able to continue my exercise routine and enjoy my daily activities pain-free!

Randy, 25

When I came to Susquehanna Spine & Rehab I was very skeptical. After only 2 weeks at Susquehanna Spine and Rehab the severe pain in my neck, shoulder and arm had greatly improved … NO MORE PAIN! I can now sleep through the night without waking up in pain! THANK YOU SUSQUEHANNA SPINE & REHAB!!!

TM age 63

My daughter started falling up the stairs at school and having severe knee pain for no apparent reason... Dr. Lee did a thorough exam and walked us through his entire treatment plan. Every appointment was made at a time convenient to my schedule. Heather has made wonderful progress and is now pain-free. Dr. Lee was always available for questions and kept me well informed of her progress.

Heather, 13

I have been to too many chiropractors to count in five different states and this is the best chiropractor I have been to so far.

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