Any sports fan understands the importance of having healthy players on his or her favorite team. When it comes to hoops fanatics here in Sacramento, the hope is that Boogie Cousins and Rajon Rondo are able to stay healthy this season and provide some optimism for the Kings faithful. The talent of a point guard who knows how to utilize one of the top players in the NBA is certainly electric and could lead to some great victories.
When an athlete—professional or otherwise—goes down, sports injury treatment is used to allow him or her to return to action in a timely manner. Depending on the nature of the injury, conservative care is often used with tremendous success. A big part of this is that nonsurgical methods often work in conjunction with the body’s natural healing processes. This can form a winning “one-two” punch in healing from an injury sustained during athletic participation.
Common ways to treat a sports injury include:
Rest – Taking time away from physical activity not only allows the body to heal itself, it is also a vital step for protecting the injured area and preventing greater damage from occurring. An example of this can be seen in the case of an ankle sprain (one of the most prevalent sporting injuries). Returning too quickly to action can actually lead to instability in this vital joint.
Icing – This particular practice has benefits that are twofold: pain relief and reduced inflammation. When we include an icing regimen as part of your injury treatment plan, be sure to wrap the ice or ice pack with a thin towel to reduce the risk of damaging the skin.
Compression –Compression is a great practice for reducing the amount of swelling and fluid collection that happens in the injured area. Be careful not to wrap a bandage too tightly and cut off circulation, though.
Medication – Pain relievers can be beneficial in both managing painful symptoms and keeping inflammation to a minimum.