Fall sports are well under way, and that means the injured reserve list is ready to take names! It’s unfortunate but true that whenever you participate in sports, there is a risk that an ankle could twist, a toe could overextend or a foot could fracture. However, you can take comfort in knowing that if a sports injury does occur, Dr. Harvey Danciger can help you get back in the game! Here are some of his helpful tips for recovering from an injury:
- Rest is essential for your body to undergo the natural healing process. Take a break from the activity that caused the injury, or try lower impact options like swimming while you heal.
- Apply ice in 15 – 20 minute increments to ease pain and diminish inflammation during the first 48 hours following your injury.
- If possible, use an elastic bandage to wrap the affected area and help minimize swelling. Elevating your injury can aid with this as well.
- Physical therapy stretches and exercises will help restore function and regain strength once your injury has had time to heal.
- Do not rush back into your activities. A gradual return from injury will help to prevent a recurrence of the problem.
Of course, these tips are for injuries that are not severe. If you are experiencing extreme pain and swelling, numbness, or you are unable to bear weight on your injury, you should seek medical help right away.
Dr. Harvey Danciger can get you on the road to recovery by assessing the problem, and determining the best course of action -- you’ll be off the sideline and back to your sport as quickly and safely as possible.
Sports injuries happen, but they don’t have to mean the end of your season. Call (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment with our Palm Desert, CA office and get the help you need to get back in the game.