Sports medicine involves the treatment and prevention of injuries that occur from sports or exercise. As sports medicine specialists, we treat sports-related injuries, and continue to help patients through the recovery process to maximize their function, and minimize time spent away from everyday activities. Dr. Tadje is trained in both operative and nonoperative management of sports medicine injuries.
Most common sports injuries
- Ankle sprain
- Hamstring or gastroc strain
- Patellofemoral syndrome (pain resulting from repetitive movement of the kneecap against the thigh bone)
- Tennis elbow
- ACL tears
- Meniscus tears
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Knee ligament injuries
- Bicep ruptures
- Muscle tears
- Achilles ruptures
In addition to seeking proper medical treatment, here are some ways to manage your sports medicine injury on your own.
Protection: Use bandages, elastic wrap, or simple splints to protect your injury from further damage.
Rest: The best form of self-treatment is giving your injury time to heal, so that injured tissues can recover.
Ice: Ice should be used for the first three days after getting injured to reduce inflammation and swelling. However, the ice should never be in direct contact with skin, and only used in 20 minute intervals.
Compression: Use a bandage to apply pressure to the injury to reduce inflammation and swelling. The wrap should be tight enough to provide slight pressure, but not tight enough to cause pain or numbness.
Elevation: Keeping an injured area elevated forces the fluid away from injured tissues, which reduces pain, inflammation, and swelling.
Remember... While self-treatment is a great way to help your injury, it will not fully heal it. Visit a sports medicine specialist as soon as possible to ensure a complete recovery. Some injuries may respond better to nonoperative treatments than others, and your sports medicine specialist will help you assess the severity of your injury and best treatment options.
Musculoskeletal injuries affect muscles, tendons, and ligaments. There are two categories: acute, and chronic. Acute injuries include sprains, fractures, and muscle strains. These injuries tend to happen suddenly, often during an activity. Chronic injuries happen over time, typically by overusing one area of the body. These can cause pain, aching, and swelling.
Average healing times
Recovery time varies depending on the severity of the injury and the treatments that were given to the patient.
Fractured/broken bone: Most fractures heal in 6 – 12 weeks. Healing time is largely influenced by other factors, such as patient’s age, overall health status, and location of the fracture. For example, a fractured finger may heal in 6 weeks, whereas a fractured tibia may take 4 months.
Sprains and Strains: A sprain is a pulled ligament, and a strain is a pulled muscle or tendon. These injuries can take anywhere from just a few days to heal, to several months, depending on the severity and location.
ACL Reconstruction: A complete ACL reconstruction will take close to a year to heal enough to allow returning to full contact or collision sports. However, returning to minor activities can often be resumed within 3 – 6 months.
When can I return to high-level activity, like competitive sports?
This varies depending on the type of injury and which activity you are looking to resume. Generally, patients should experience minimal pain, with no residual swelling, and the injured joint or limb should have equal strength, stability, and function as the other side once it is healed.
Who should I see for my injury?
Some injuries can be treated by a family physician or general practitioner, but others need to be treated by a specialist. Individual evaluation is necessary to determine who will best treat your injury, so please call and let us help you find an appropriate physician.
Why Choose Tadje Ortho?
Dr. Jared Tadje is an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon, who specializes in ligament and tendon tears of the knee, shoulder, hip, and ankle, serving the greater Boise metropolitan area. He is trained in both operative and nonoperative procedures to manage and treat sports medicine injuries. He and his team are always ready to help you return to your active lifestyle, with as little downtime as possible. Tadje Orthopaedics strives to provide an exceptional level of service, so that you can leave the clinic with an understanding of your injury, clear idea of treatment options, and the confidence that you are in the right hands.