Athletes at all levels are at increased risk for painful injuries that can take them out of the game. To treat existing sports injuries and lower your risk for additional complications, Dabbs Rehab Center of MD provides a range of sports medicine services in one location. The specialists customize care plans that include physical therapy, chiropractic care, and functional medicine programs to restore your health and optimize your performance in the game. Call the Columbia, Maryland, office to schedule a sports medicine consultation or book an appointment online today.
SPORTS MEDICINE Q & A
What is sports medicine?
Sports medicine is a focus of health care that addresses common sports-related injuries that occur in athletes at all levels. These injuries can result from direct body trauma or overuse of soft tissues and joints.
Common sports-related, musculoskeletal injuries the Dabbs Rehab Center of MD providers diagnose and treat include:
- Muscle strains
- Ligament sprains
The skilled providers can also provide resources that help athletes improve their performance in sports, reduce their risk for additional injuries, and optimize their overall health.
When should I schedule a sports medicine consultation?
You should schedule a sports medicine consultation at Dabbs Rehab Center of MD if you experience an injury during practice or while playing sports. Even if your symptoms are minor at the time of the injury, they could worsen over time and lead to more serious complications.
The sports medicine specialists also recommend that athletes schedule an evaluation if they experience musculoskeletal dysfunction or symptoms like:
- Limited range of motion
- Loss of mobility
Before your appointment, you should minimize activity and rest the affected area as much as possible. The providers may also recommend ice therapy to reduce swelling until they can evaluate your condition.
What can I expect from a sports medicine consultation?
During your initial consultation at Dabbs Rehab Center of MD, the providers review your medical history and complete a physical exam. Based on the nature of your injury and the severity of your symptoms, they may recommend:
Physical therapy involves exercises and manual manipulations of soft tissues to relieve pain and restore function in your body. Therapy also helps improve your strength and stamina so that you can recover fully and safely return to your favorite sports.
Chiropractic care involves manual adjustments of your spine and joints to improve blood flow throughout your body. Keeping your spine in proper alignment can reduce your risk for chronic inflammation and pain that could affect your sports performance.
Functional medicine provides resources to optimize your overall health. The providers use food as medicine to ensure your body gets the nutrients it needs to remain healthy and energized.
They can also help you eliminate chemicals and other toxins from your diet to lower your risk for chronic disease and other health complications.
Call Dabbs Rehab Center of MD to schedule a sports medicine consultation or book an appointment online today.