Conditions & Injuries – Orange County
You Don’t Need to Be an Athlete to Visit OC Sports and Wellness
Many people think that sports medicine is only for professional athletes. While it is true that sports medicine doctors work with a lot of athletes, OC Sports and Wellness offers primary care services for all types of patients throughout Orange County.
You might be a weekend warrior with back pain that stops you from enjoying that weekly scrimmage game with friends. Or, maybe you are an older adult with chronic back pain, making it hard to get through daily activities at home. Regardless of age, activity levels, or personal circumstances, OC Sports and Wellness is available to help you with back pain and other chronic pain.
What are the most common sports injuries?
OC Sports and Wellness specializes in treating a variety of physical injuries nonsurgically. For example, with highly targeted, ultrasound-guided injections, our medical team can inject platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to promote healing and tissue regeneration. PRP and other minimally invasive medical techniques we use can relieve pain and boost your body’s restorative response.
Whether you play sports, engage in performance theater, work a physically demanding job, or are keeping up with your kids, if you don’t warm up correctly or overdo it occasionally, you can have an injury that keeps you out of circulation for a few weeks. Sports injuries are prevalent, and many of them heal with rest and home therapies like ice or heat, but a more severe injury that goes untreated can cause problems later on in life. Some of the most common injuries we see in Orange County include:
- Acute pain
- Ankle sprains
- Chronic pain
- Knee injuries
- Pulled hamstrings
- Rotator cuff/shoulder injuries
- Sprained or torn ligaments
- Strained muscles
- Tennis or golfer’s elbow
- and more!
When should you seek treatment for a sports injury?
If you’re experiencing persistent pain or dealing with an injury that hasn’t fully healed, we advise you to consult Dr. Sunshine. Neglected sports injuries have the potential to worsen without proper diagnosis and treatment. We emphasize the importance of promptly addressing sports injuries if home remedies are ineffective. Suppose you have an injury related to physical activity that hasn’t shown improvement with alternative treatments. In that case, ultrasound-guided injections might offer relief and promote complete recovery, allowing you to resume the sport or activity you love.
Ankle and Foot
For many athletes, foot and ankle pain is a common occurrence. There are several causes for these types of injuries and conditions, but either overuse or trauma primarily causes them. We offer many safe and effective non-surgical treatment options that can lead to full use of the foot or ankle without pain.
If you have back pain, acute or chronic, avoid doing anything that makes the pain worse until you’ve seen your physician at OC Sports and Wellness. Taking to your bed and hoping the pain goes away isn’t a good idea, as immobility is known to make back problems worse.
A concussion is defined as a “trauma-induced alteration in mental status that may or may not involve loss of consciousness.” A concussion can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move back and forth quickly.
Elbow pain can arise from various causes, including overuse, trauma, or underlying medical conditions. One of the primary contributors to elbow discomfort is repetitive motion, such as frequent typing, sports activities, or manual labor. Understanding the specific symptoms and recognizing when to seek professional help is crucial in addressing elbow pain effectively.
Hand and Wrist
Wrist and hand pain are common conditions of many types of sports and work. Overuse, repetitive motions, and trauma are the three leading causes of wrist and hand pain or loss of full function.
Hip and Thigh
Hip and thigh pain can be hard to diagnose and treat without professional medical supervision. The hip and thigh areas of the body contain the largest bones and muscles packed with various nerves. Aging, trauma, and sports-related injuries are the leading causes of hip and thigh pain.
Knee and Lower Leg
Pain and loss of full functioning abilities in the knee or calf are common in many sports related injuries. Knee problems can be especially painful and must be treated by doctors skilled in working specifically with the knee joint.
Shoulder pain is also one of the most well-known and common health issues associated with sports and performance. A variety of activities can cause it, but the most prominent include throwing (baseballs, footballs, etc.), chronic overuse of the shoulder muscles, and trauma.
Disorders that are musculoskeletal and cause pain throughout the entire body are debilitating and inhibit patients from living a normal, active lifestyle. At OC Sports and Wellness, we are dedicated to using non-surgical treatments to reduce pain and help patients start enjoying life again.
Sports Medicine is more than just treating injuries. It’s about helping you stay healthy and strong to perform at your best in all aspects of your life, including:
- Injury prevention: We can help you identify and address any factors that put you at risk of injury. This may include muscle imbalances, poor posture, or improper training techniques.
- Injury treatment: If you get injured, we can provide the care you need to heal quickly and thoroughly. We work with our patients to develop personalized treatment plans.
- Performance enhancement: We can help you improve your athletic performance by developing health maintenance programs tailored to your needs and goals. We can advise you on nutrition, sleep, and other lifestyle factors affecting your performance.
At OC Sports and Wellness in Orange County, we believe everyone deserves to live a healthy and active lifestyle. We’re here to help you achieve your fitness goals and stay injury-free.