KODE Medical Focus: Minor sports injuries | KSNF / KODE
JOPLIN, Mo. – It could be a sprained ankle or a crease in the neck that won’t go away. Many patients tend to ignore minor injuries, but in some cases this can lead to much more serious medical problems.
“All kinds of things come up, sprains and aches and pains,” said Dr. Ryan Sorell, primary care.
It can be ankles, knees or shoulders. Sometimes a little TLC at home is all it takes.
“Initially, running that kind of old-fashioned home therapy at home so that you know the compression and the elevation and the rest and the anti-inflammatories and those things are always good in the front line, you know, treatments for. trying to take care of these types of injuries, ”Dr. Sorell said.
But in other cases, a visit to the doctor could be crucial.
“If something happens, you’ve sort of sorted it out at home on your own and it lasts longer than two weeks, it’s probably worth checking out.” There may be something else or something underlying that you can turn to to help prevent or improve this, ”Dr Sorell said.
An MRI or X-ray can help relieve pain and indicate the best solution to your problem.
“You know the instability or unblocking of mechanical symptoms or, you know that my knee, ankle, elbow or shoulder, whatever joint is, is locking up or you know my movement is changing. Usually there is. something mechanical, but underneath you know there’s an underlying tear or inflammation or some sort of, you know, injury or damage that needs to be treated, ”Dr Sorell said.