Rehabilitation: Sports injuries
Bay Area Medical Center’s sports medicine program focuses on providing quick diagnoses, rehabilitation and return to full activity in a fast and safe time frame. Our team of physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists and occupational therapists works closely with athletes, their families and their coaches to help athletes reach their full potential.
BAMC athletic trainers participate actively with local high school and college programs, offering practice and game support.
Sports injuries are not uncommon and can be either acute (sprains, fractures, tears, etc.) or chronic (tendinitis, overuse, etc.).
The most common sports injuries are:
- Sprains and strains.
- Knee injuries.
- Swollen muscles.
- Achilles tendon injuries.
- Pain along the shin bone.
- Rotator cuff injuries.
You can limit swelling and start healing faster after common sports injuries by using the PRICE principle:
- P—protect from further injury
For more severe injuries, protect the injured area with a splint, pad, or crutch.
- R—restrict activity; Rest;
Restricting activity will prevent worsening of the injury.
- I—apply ice
Apply ice immediately after a common sports injury. Use ice for 20 minutes every one to two hours for the first 48 hours after the injury. Don't use heat during this time—it encourages swelling and inflammation.
- C—apply compression
Compression with an elastic bandage will help reduce swelling.
- E—elevate the injured area
Elevating the injured area above the heart will also reduce swelling.
If you suspect a serious injury or if you have any of these signs, see your provider:
- Deformities in the joint or bone—it looks "crooked," or moves abnormally
- You cannot bear weight or can't use the limb without it "giving way."
- Excessive swelling
- Changes in skin color beyond mild bruising.
- It's not getting any better after a few days of PRICE therapy.
For additional information, contact any of our three convenient locations:
Bay Area Mobility Center
3117 Shore Drive, Suite 101
Marinette, WI 54143
Stephenson Rehabilitation Services
S926 US Hwy 41
Stephenson, MI 49887
Crivitz Rehabilitation Services
218 S. US Hwy 141
Crivitz, WI 54114
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