At A+ Urgent Care in Clifton, New Jersey, the healthcare team treats adults, adolescents, and children with sports injuries and other ailments. The staff is emergency room trained and can administer IVs, treat broken bones, and perform other healthcare procedures that may be beyond the scope of a primary care provider. Learn more about us and gain an overview of sports injury urgent care.
Types of Sports Injuries
Often, sports injuries arise due to overuse or sudden impact. They can affect the muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, and bones, and they may bench the patient for a short period or a full sports season. Some of the most common sports injuries include the following:
Also known as bruises, contusions are soft tissue injuries that can be the result of a hard fall, kick, or hit. They're typically accompanied by pain, swelling, and discoloration. While bruising may not be serious on its own, it may be a symptom of a larger, more serious sports injury beneath the surface.
Athletes and other individuals who have pulled or torn a muscle or tendon (the tissue that connects muscle to bone) have experienced a strain. It's often an overuse injury and may affect several areas:
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Baseball/golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis)
- Lumbar (lower back) strain
- Jumper's knee (patellar tendonitis)
- Runner's knee (patellofemoral stress syndrome)
- Hip flexor strains
- Groin strains
- Achilles tendonitis
A sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched or torn. This tissue connects bones to bones, connects bones to cartilage, and holds joints together. The body parts most susceptible to sports strains include:
Caused by a hard blow on the field or a fall on the court, fractures are cracks or breaks in the bone. This type of sports injury ranges in type and severity:
- Hairline fractures: This injury is characterized as a thin, fine crack in the bone or severe bruising within the bone.
- Stress fractures: When weak spots or cracks develop in the bone as a result of overuse, it's known as a stress fracture. This injury is common in the legs and feet of runners, gymnasts, and other athletes.
- Compound fractures: A more serious injury, this fracture occurs when a broken bone protrudes through the skin.
Please note: Emergency room care is needed for a compound fracture.
Partial and full dislocations occur when the bones in a joint are forcefully knocked out of place. A dislocation is often identified visually and may be accompanied by pain, swelling, and bruising. For athletes, this can occur in several areas of the body, such as:
Sports Injury Urgent Care: What to Expect
At A+ Urgent Care, an appointment isn't necessary to be seen by a physician. Patients with sports injuries can walk in and expect to be examined shortly. The wait times at A+ Urgent Care are typically minimal, and the staff works diligently to ensure patients are treated as quickly as possible. For a sports injury, services may include:
- Examinations: Once in the exam room, a physician will learn your medical history, assess your symptoms, and perform a thorough physical examination.
- Medical imaging: A+ Urgent Care can provide X-rays onsite. Using this technology, physicians can diagnose bone and joint injuries.
Treatments for sports injuries may vary, depending on the patient's age or health and the condition. Common recommendations include:
- Activity restrictions to allow the area to heal
- Hot or cold compresses
- Braces or splints that immobilize an affected joint
- Crutches to minimize pressure
- Pain management solutions, such as medication
After being treated at A+ Urgent Care, patients may require aftercare services that continue beyond the initial visit. The healthcare team will assign referrals, perform pre-approvals, and schedule follow-up appointments as needed.
Visit A+ Urgent Care for a Sports Injury
The A+ Urgent Care team is standing by to provide the treatments athletes need to help them get back in the game. The facility accepts a variety of insurance policies. For more information about sports injury urgent care, contact us today.