Sport Injuries Specialist

Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists

Pain Management located in Chicago, IL & River Forest, IL

Sports injuries can happen to anyone, whether you’re in competitive sports or you enjoy an active life. When you need help relieving the pain and restoring mobility, you can count on exceptional care from the experienced team at Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists, with locations in the Northside of Chicago and western suburbs, including Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Lake View East, Ukrainian Village, Budlong Woods, Norwood Park West, Bucktown, Andersonville, River Forest, and Oak Park, Illinois. They offer many treatment options that target the source of your pain, allowing you to engage in your rehabilitation and restore optimal health. To learn more about sport injuries services, book an appointment online or call the office.

Sport Injuries Q & A

What are the most common sports injuries?

Anyone who’s active can end up with a sports injury. You could sustain a sports injury during an exercise class, while running, and even while out for a stroll. Injuries are most common, however, in sports like football, soccer, basketball, and baseball.

A few of the top sports injuries include:

  • Sprained ankle
  • Knee ligament injuries
  • Meniscus tears
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Runner’s knee
  • Fractures

Sudden injuries often happen when you collide with a person or object, make sudden direction changes while running, or twist your joints.

You can also develop sports injuries that build up over time. These injuries, called repetitive use injuries or stress injuries, occur when you frequently perform the same movement. 

The ongoing stress on the same body part causes tears in soft tissues, small cracks in bones, and inflammation.

What symptoms develop if I have a sports injury?

Following a sports injury, you may have symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Joint instability
  • Limited mobility
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Inability to use the affected limb

Severe symptoms send a clear message that you need medical attention. If your symptoms are mild but don’t improve in a few days, you should have your injury evaluated. Continuing to use a minor injury can slow down healing, make the injury worse, and lead to chronic instability.

How are sports injuries treated?

Though some injuries, such as a complex fracture and ruptured ligaments, may need surgery, treatment typically begins with conservative steps. For example, you may need to rest or immobilize the injury, change your activities, and take anti-inflammatory medication.

As soon as possible, you start physical therapy, so you can begin to rehabilitate. Physical therapy includes a customized exercise program that relieves pain, rebuilds strength, and improves your range of motion.

Should your pain persist, or you’re in too much pain to participate in physical therapy, the team at Stellar Pain and Spine specializes in pain management. They may recommend cortisone shots, pain medication, and interventional treatments.

Interventional therapies such as epidural steroid injections and nerve blocks treat the source of your pain, the inflamed nerves that transmit pain signals. As a result, you get enough pain relief to fully engage in your recovery.

If you need comprehensive care for a sports injury, call Stellar Pain and Spine, or schedule an appointment online today.