Sports Injuries Specialist

Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center

Primary Care Physician & Sports Medicine located in San Diego, CA

Has a sports injury sidelined you from the game, and from your life? Get back in the game by calling or booking an appointment online today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What is a sports injury?

Although exercise and physical activity are vital parts of a healthy lifestyle, sometimes muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints are injured from falls, collisions, or overuse. Sports injuries such as bruises, bone breaks, sprains, and strains are often the painful result.

Sports injuries frequently follow improper stretching or warm-ups before intense activity. Also, if you're out of shape and haven’t worked out in a long time, you are more likely to get hurt. It’s always best to start out slow and ease your way toward more challenging workouts.

What are the major kinds of sports injuries?

While there are many types of sports injuries, the most common ones include:

  • Achilles tendon strains
  • Broken bones (fractures)
  • Dislocations
  • Knee injuries
  • Muscle strain and inflammation
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Shin splints
  • Sprains

What types of sports injuries require medical treatment?

Usually, rest, ice, compression, and elevation -- known as the RICE method -- of the injured limb, and taking over-the-counter analgesics, can resolve the injury within a few days. However, if you experience ongoing pain, stiffness, or reduced limb function, you should have our doctor examine you for dislocations and fractures.

What kinds of treatments are available for sports injuries?

For more serious injuries, Dr. Wong might recommend immobilizing the limb with a sling, splint, or cast to prevent further damage. Cold and heat packs, electrostimulation, and massage are some other therapies that promote healing.

When appropriate, Dr. Wong will refer you to a physical therapist or chiropractor to facilitate your full recovery.

Although our doctor strives to enable a natural recovery, some injuries require surgery. In these cases, he helps you select the most qualified surgeons in the San Diego area.

How long does it take to recover from a sports injury?

Your recovery time depends on a wide range of variables, including the nature and extent of your injury, your age, your medical history, and your current state of health. During your consultation with our doctor, he considers these factors when estimating how long your injury will take to heal.

During your recovery, it’s important to follow Dr. Wong’s recommendations for self-care carefully, and follow through with physical and chiropractic therapies if he advises them. Otherwise, you risk aggravating the injury.

From muscle strains to broken bones, our doctors have the skills to heal your sports injury quickly and naturally. Call or schedule an appointment online today.