Getting involved in sports and other physical activities is great for both physical and mental health, but there’s a chance you could suffer a sports injury. If you're in pain because of an injury you received playing sports, sports medicine physician Irwin Abraham, MD, can help. At his practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Dr. Abraham uses advanced nonsurgical approaches including prolotherapy to help damaged tissues heal and get you back on the playing field. Call the New York City office or book an appointment online today.
A sports injury is damage to your body that occurs when you're playing sports, training, or participating in any physically active pursuit. Injuries like these can affect anyone from amateurs who just play on the weekends to professional athletes.
A sports injury could come on slowly as tiny areas of damage in the bones or soft tissues build up. You could also suffer an acute sports injury when you overstretch a joint, muscle, connective tissue, or other parts of your body.
Common types of sports injury include:
To ensure you can return to your sport and play at the same level, it's vital to get the right treatment for your sports injury. Dr. Abraham has many years of experience in sports medicine and has helped athletes of all types make a successful comeback after injury.
Physical therapy is almost always beneficial for a sports injury and often forms the basis of your rehabilitation. Dr. Abraham works in collaboration with the area's most skilled physical therapists to ensure you get the optimal results from your treatment.
Dr. Abraham is also an expert in manual manipulation, which corrects any misalignments, and a form of massage therapy called fascial deep tissue massage distortion.
Fascia is a webbing of connective tissue that surrounds the muscles and other tissues all around your body. Damage to the fascia can cause chronic pain, which Dr. Abraham can relieve using fascial deep tissue massage distortion techniques.
He also uses another hands-on technique called direct neural treatment to reduce nerve pain.
One of the key treatments for a sports injury is prolotherapy. This involves having a series of injections into the injured area to boost the natural healing processes. The injections are a mix of simple sugars like glucose or dextrose and a local anesthetic.
You might also benefit from perineural subcutaneous injections (PSI), which use the same mixture to turn off the pain nerves under your skin.
Some patients might require further interventions, such as steroid injections, if their sports injury doesn't respond to other treatments.
If you've suffered a sports injury, get the specialized sports medicine treatment you need at Irwin Abraham MD. Call or book an appointment online today.