With sport comes injuries. There are two categories of injuries Major and Minor in this post we will be discussing minor injuries.
What is a minor injury? A minor injury is a shallow cut or abrasion, sprains and muscle strains, bruises and skin lesions, broken toes, overuse injuries and some burns covering a small area of skin. Minor injuries can be very painful, but are not life threatening issues, and most are musculoskeletal so almost every part of your body can suffer from a sports’ injury. A concussion was considered a minor injury, but with lots of new research that is being rethought.
One of the most common minor injuries in sports’ is a sprain. A sprain is a stretch or tear of a ligament near a joint like an ankle, knee or wrist. And usually happen with a fall or fast twisting motion. Sprains can be mild or severe. Some feel like a break. Another common one is a pulled or torn muscle. Minor injuries usually heal within a couple of weeks whereas major injuries take much longer, require therapy and sometimes never heal or cause long-lasting effects.
Even with a minor injury you should always seek medical treatment to check the severity of the injury. Most minor injuries can be treated at an ER or acute clinic and require no surgeries or long term care.
There are several ways to try to treat a minor injury such as rest. Pain is actually your bodies way of telling you that you need to rest the injured area, Ice packs are another way to relieve pain and swelling, or compression also good for swelling as well. ‘You can find compression bandages that work really great and are made for every part of your body that a sprain can accrue’, Also keeping an injury raised relieves swelling and pressure. Along with these methods you may also want to use medication or an ointment for swelling and pain. There are some cautions to use with these medications or ointments especially if it is something you have never used before. Many medications have side effects or allergic reactions always ask your Dr. or the Pharmacist before using anything new and make sure they are aware of any allergies you may have to medications. Some medicated topical creams use Trolamine salicylate which is closely related to aspirin. if you, have an allergy to aspirin DO NOT use any product with this in it. if you, have a painful cut you DO NOT want to take aspirin. Aspirin can cause or prolong bleeding. Take a Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Use caution with these also they can cause allergic reactions as well. So be careful unless you have taken these products before and known how your body reacts to them. Even then always take all medications only as directed. Always make sure also that the medication being used is okay to use on the area intended. Not all creams are made to be use just anywhere. Some creams are meant to be used only for certain areas and have not been tested on others. Many people have a misconception that if it is sold over the counter then they are okay. Not even every medication a Dr. proscribes is okay. But at least when a Dr. proscribes it he will be aware of any allergies to other medications and will known not to proscribe it or known to have you take precautions when using it.
I have had many sports and non sports related minor injuries. I have sprained my knee, my ankle, my wrist and my back. I have also had several torn muscles. I have use different creams and other medications, but I always talk to my Dr. or the Pharmacists first to make sure I am able to use it and that it is the medication for my injury.
There will always be injuries associated with sports’ there is no way around it. I have never met a person who plays or has played sports’ that has never suffered some kind of injury.
To reduce the risk of sports’ related injuries. Strengthen muscles, take time of if needed, wear the proper gear, increase flexibility, take breaks, use proper techniques, and most important if you feel pain do not try to continue playing.
Please note I am not a medical Professional and this post is only opinion NOT MEDICAL ADVICE. In an Emergency always seek Professional medical advice.