A question we get asked all the time is "when should I see a doctor about my sports injury?" Ultimately, only you can answer that question. While many athletes want to give a minor injury or muscle strain a while to see if it will heal on its own, there may come a point when the pain or lack of function is just too much. Please continue reading to learn more:
|Is it Time to See a Doctor?|
If you want to wait to see a doctor, treat a sports injury with ice and a combination of anti-inflammatory NSAID medication (Advil, Aleve) combined with a pain reliever like Tylenol. If several weeks go by and the pain doesn't get better, it hurts so much you can't sleep, or if you can't walk on the leg/move the shoulder, it's time to see a doctor.
Which Kind of Doctor?
Orthopedic physicians and surgeons are the ones who treat musculoskeletal problems, and there are several different types. Many orthopedic surgeons have additional training in specialties like Sports Medicine Surgery, Foot and Ankle Surgery, Shoulder and Upper Extremity Surgery, Hand Surgery, Joint Replacement or Spine Surgery. While these are surgeons, seeing them doesn't necessarily mean you need to have surgery. They provide non-operative treatment strategies for injuries that do not need immediate surgical repair.
There are also orthopedic physicians who are not surgeons. They are usually trained as family practice physicians with additional training in non-operative Sports Medicine. They can treat sports injuries not requiring surgery as well as many sports related issues that are not necessarily musculoskeletal, such as exercise-induced asthma, nutrition, growing pains and concussions.
St. Francis is proud to be affiliated with highly experienced and highly trained orthopedic physicians and surgeons of all types. If you feel it's time to see someone about your injury, you can find a Sports Medicine physician at www.stfrancishealth.org/sports. No physician referral is necessary.
|Care When You Need it Most|
With our busy schedules, it is hard to find the time to visit the doctor during regular office hours. With Bon Secours Medical Group's After Hours Urgent Care, you now have access to board-certified, high quality Family Practice and Internal Medicine physicians 7 days a week. No appointment necessary!
Monday - Friday from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Saturdays from 9:00 am 6:00 pm, and Sundays from 10:00 am 6:00 pm.
Bon Secours Medical Group After Hours Urgent Care is located at
ST. FRANCIS millennium at 2 Innovation Drive, Suite 120 in Greenville. For map and directions, click here.