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Sports Injuries Specialist

Pain Care Boise

Pain Medicine located in Boise, ID

When a sports injury sidelines you, you need physical therapy to rebuild your strength and rehabilitate your injury. So, what do you do when your pain doesn’t improve and you can’t tolerate exercise? You meet with William Binegar, MD, and Christopher Vaughan, MD, at Pain Care Boise in downtown Boise, Idaho. They offer many interventional and regenerative treatments that ease your pain, speed up your healing, and put you on the road to recovery. If you’re anxious to get back to your sports activities, book an appointment online or call the office today.

Sports Injuries

What are the most common sports injuries?

Sports injuries aren’t limited to competitive athletes. Any active person can end up with a sports injury, whether you pull a muscle while exercising or twist an ankle during a walk.

The top sports injuries include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Knee ligament injuries
  • Meniscus tears
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Runner’s knee
  • Fractures

Some injuries occur suddenly. Others appear over time as you overtrain or frequently repeat the same movements.

What are the symptoms of a sports injury?

The top symptoms of a sports injury are:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Joint instability
  • Limited mobility
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Inability to use the injured limb

You should have your injury examined if your symptoms are severe or you suffer a mild injury that doesn’t get better in a few days.

How are sports injuries treated?

A severe sports injury might need surgery to repair the damage. In most cases, though, your treatment begins with conservative medical care. This can include resting, using cold and/or heat packs, taking anti-inflammatory medications, going to physical therapy, and changing your activities to avoid re-injury.

If your pain doesn’t improve with conservative care, it’s time to get help from the experienced team at Pain Care Boise. As specialists in pain medicine, they create a customized treatment plan that gives you the pain relief you need to get back into action.

A few of the treatments available at Pain Care Boise are:

Regenerative medicine

If your sports injury isn’t healing well, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections speed up the healing process and reduce inflammation. Stem cell injections actively heal your injury by generating the new tissues needed to repair the damage.

Another kind of regenerative medicine, called prolotherapy, uses injections of simple sugar to activate your body’s natural healing.

Interventional pain medicine

A few examples of interventional therapies include:

  • Trigger point injections
  • Facet injections
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Radiofrequency ablation

Interventional treatments work well, and many deliver long-lasting results because they target the nerves causing your pain.

Some treatments, like epidural steroid injections, reduce nerve inflammation. Many others stop the pain signals traveling through nerves to your brain. When your brain doesn’t get the message, your pain fades away.

Pain relief is possible with advanced treatment at Pain Care Boise. To book an appointment today, connect online or call the office.