Same-day appointments with a sports injury specialist

Sports injuries can result from accidents, improper techniques, or lack of conditioning. When you experience a sports-related injury, avoiding pushing through the pain is crucial. Seeking timely medical attention is essential to prevent further harm and ensure proper healing. Our board-certified physicians are experienced in treating various sports injuries with a patient-centered approach. And because you deserve the best care, we offer same-day appointments with a specialist rather than a mid-level medical professional.

Types of sports injuries to the upper extremities

Our sports injury specialists are well-versed in diagnosing and treating various injuries and conditions affecting the upper extremities, including the hands, wrists, and elbows. These injuries can occur during any athletic activities and can be broadly classified into acute and chronic conditions:

Acute sports injuries

  • Fractures: Breaks in fingers, wrist, shoulder, or arm can occur in many sports from impacts, falls, or other incidents.
  • Finger Injuries: This includes jammed fingers, finger fractures, and mallet fingers, commonly occurring in sports that involve catching or ball handling.
  • Wrist Sprains: Sudden impact or forceful twisting motions can cause ligament sprains in the wrist joint.
  • Elbow Injuries: Sports like tennis, golf, and weightlifting can lead to conditions like tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis).

Chronic sports injuries

  • Tendonitis: Use of tendons in the hands, wrists, or elbows can lead to inflammation and tendonitis, which may develop gradually over time.
  • Stress Fractures: Stress on the bones from activities like weightlifting or gymnastics can cause small fractures in the hand or wrist bones.
  • Nerve Compression: Certain sports movements can lead to nerve compression conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome or cubital tunnel syndrome.

Other injuries include:

  • Dislocated Joints: Forceful impact or awkward movements can result in dislocations of the fingers, wrists, or elbows.
  • Instabilities: Frequent trauma can lead to joint instability, making the upper extremities more prone to injury.
  • Motion Injuries: Common movements in sports can cause motion injuries, such as wrist or elbow tendonitis.
  • Fractures: High-energy impacts or falls can cause fractures in the bones of the hands, wrists, and elbows.
  • Sprains: Ligament sprains can occur due to sudden twisting or hyperextension of the joint during sports activities.
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Leading sports injury specialists: HSA

At HSA, our board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeons offer patients the highest care and experience. Our team has extensive expertise in treating sports injuries affecting professional athletes, assisting them in returning to the game, and people of all ages who engage in recreational sports.

Our dedication to advanced surgical techniques and specialized treatments ensures you receive the highest level of care to return to your active lifestyle safely and swiftly. If you have sustained a sports injury affecting your hand, wrist, or elbow, don't delay seeking expert medical attention. Schedule a same-day appointment with our skilled physicians to receive the exceptional care you deserve.

Treatment options

Self-care treatment at home can help relieve pain and inflammation for minor injuries. For example, following the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) is recommended immediately after the damage occurs. However, seeking medical evaluation promptly for severe injuries causing severe pain, swelling, or numbness is essential. Our expert physicians may recommend a combination of treatments based on the type and severity of your sports injury.

These treatment options may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce swelling and pain
  • Immobilization with slings or splints to prevent further damage
  • Surgical intervention for more complex injuries like torn tendons, ligaments, or fractures
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Rehabilitation after a sport injury

Rehabilitation is a vital aspect of sports injury management, and our team provides tailored exercise programs to help you regain strength, flexibility, and function. Other therapies such as electrostimulation, ultrasound, cryotherapy, thermotherapy, massage, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections may also enhance the healing process.

Why choose HSA for sports injuries?

At HSA, we deliver exceptional care to athletes, adults, adolescents, and children who have suffered sports injuries to the upper extremities. Our focus on advanced techniques, specialized expertise, and compassionate approach ensures you receive the highest quality treatment for your sports-related hand, wrist, and elbow conditions. If you have experienced a sports injury and seek expert care, schedule a same-day appointment with our skilled sports injury specialists.

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