Sports Injury Warning Signs
- Posted on: May 15 2016
When you experience a severe sports injury like a bone fracture, for example, you know you’re going to be sidelined for a while. But oftentimes, sports injuries are not as obvious. They may start slowly and get progressively worse as time goes on, resulting in chronic aches and pains. Paying attention to the warning signs is key. By addressing the problem early on, you minimize the risk of it creating serious damage or becoming a long-term condition.
Pay attention to these sports injury warning signs:
- 1. Pain
If you experience pain in your knee, ankle, elbow or wrist joints, it could indicate a serious problem, especially if the pain lasts more than 48 yours. See your doctor as soon as possible to determine the source of the pain.
- 2. Swelling
Thankfully, swelling is a more obvious injury factor. But sometimes you may feel like your joint is swollen when it looks completely normal. When this happens, it’s generally accompanied by pain and stiffness. You may also hear a clicking sound when you bend the joint, which indicates that your tendons have been forced into a new position.
- 3. Tenderness to the Touch
You may have a serious injury if it hurts when you apply pressure to a certain joint. A good indicator is if you don’t feel the same pain when pushing on the same spot on the other side of your body.
- 4. Limited Movement
Swelling within your joint can cause limited range of motion, another tell-tale sign of an injury. Compare the range of motion on one side of your body to the other. If one side seems compromised, it’s a good idea to see your doctor.
- 5. Numbness
Lack of feeling or tingling sensations are two things that shouldn’t be ignored. They typically have to do with nerve compression and may suggest an injury that deserves medical attention.
If you are interested in learning more about ways to detect a sports injury, contact Dr. Desio today. Our offices are located in Worcester, Massachusetts, and we proudly serve all surrounding areas. Schedule your appointment today at 508.363.6363.
Posted in: Sports Injuries