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Preventing a Recurrent Sports Injury

By Dr. Brian Kessler |


Sports Medicine (3).jpgIn some cases, recurrent sports injuries can cause more damage to an athlete than the original injury if expert Sports Medicine is not sought immediately. An injured ligament or tendon might cause weakness, however, a recurrent injury may end an athlete’s top performance. The key to preventing a recurrent sports injury lies in taking proactive measures through the expertise of a Sports Medicine Doctor.

Preventing a Recurrent Sports Injury

The Multidisciplinary Sports Medicine Team at Spine and Sports Medicine are board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors – physiatrists. We have the education, training, and experience to effectively diagnose and treat your recurrent sports injury.

  • Take time off to allow your body to recover at least 1 day per week
  • Strengthen your muscles through conditioning exercises
  • Increase your flexibility before, during, and after games or practice by stretching
  • Take rest periods during practice and games to rest and intake fluids to prevent heat injury
  • Stop when you feel pain

The most common reasons for recurrent sports injuries include:

  • Ignoring feelings of pain or weakness – good vs. bad pain
  • Poor proprioception – the unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from the body’s inner stimuli
  • Overuse before the body is ready
  • Incomplete or inadequate rehabilitation
  • Improper warm up

A Good Pain

A good pain is one signaling the body’s adaptation to a tolerable level of physical exertion. Good pains are known as the comeback aches – those aches that are predictable when you’re trying to get back into your normal routine after taking time off.

Another good pain is one signaling you are pushing your body to a new level of performance. You are taking it up a notch, but not showing off beyond your ability.

A Bad Pain

A bad pain is one you’ve never felt before when exerting physical energy. It could be a muscular failure or an unusual experience of localized pain – before, during, or after a physical activity.

Red flags that you are continuing to injure yourself.

  • Sudden pains
  • Sharp pains
  • Stabbing pains
  • Traumatic pains

Recurrent Sports Injury Treatment

At Spine and Sports Medicine, we offer recurrent sports injury treatment at a time convenient for you.

  • Off-hours for scheduling appointments
  • Selected evenings appointments throughout the work week
  • Mornings or afternoons on Saturdays

One Stop Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Center

Spine and Sports Medicine is pain management center providing a vast array of therapies within one convenient Midtown Manhattan location. Our cutting edge facility invites patients into a first class, spa-like environment with warm and inviting décor.

Please click the icon below to schedule your initial consultation at a time convenient for you – or – call 212.986.3888.

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