Despite even the most exhaustive precautions, accidents occur and often result in pain or injury. Colorado Injury and Pain Specialists will evaluate and help manage any sports injury, work injury, or post-surgery pain you may be experiencing.
Sports injuries can occur accidentally during a game, as a result of insufficient protective equipment, or inadequate stretching beforehand. Each year, it is estimated over 2 million people are treated for a sports-related injury. The severity and the intensity of pain can vary greatly, but without proper treatment and conditioning, small injuries can become chronic ones quickly.
The RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method is recommended for immediate treatment of sports injuries. Canes or crutches can be used to help rest an injured knee, leg or ankle, and special athletic wraps, air casts, or splints can help maintain consistent compression. Use an ice pack four to eight times a day in 20-minute increments and elevate as much as possible.
If the pain continues for over 48 hours, contact the Colorado Injury and Pain Specialists to schedule an appointment with a trained specialist, who will evaluate and treat your sports injury and help control the pain.
Common Sports Injuries Include:
- Sprains and strains
- Knee injuries/ACL tear
- Swollen muscles
- Shin splints
- Tennis elbow (epicondylitis)
Work injuries are common and the pain is treatable, while some injuries can be prevented or minimized by following safety guidelines and enforcing formal training safety procedures. According to the Wellness Council of America, one worker is injured every five seconds.
Overextension/hypertension is the most common workplace injury, and occurs when the knee, elbow, neck, or back is forced past any regular range of motion. Immediate and recurring localized pain or instability are symptoms of overextension. Bruising or swelling may occur as well depending on the severity of the injury and the extent of damage to the ligaments. Moderate overextension injuries typically take two to four weeks to heal accompanied by rehabilitation and physical therapy. More severe injury pain may require surgery to correct.
Repetitive motion work injuries are also widespread across the United States, affecting everyone from factory workers to office workers. These injuries occur when tissue tears over and over before the body is able to heal the area. The two most common types of repetitive motion injury pain are tendinitis and bursitis. While these conditions are similar and often occur at the same time, there are differences in how each is treated. Contact the Colorado Injury and Pain Specialists to schedule physical therapy for gentle stretching and strengthening exercises to ease pain and help rehabilitation.
Common Work Injuries Include:
- Slipping/Tripping Injuries
- Falling Object
- Vehicle/Machine Accidents
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
While surgery pain is a common occurrence after an operation, any prolonged pain, especially back pain or neck pain, should be taken seriously. Categorizing the pain can help our specialists point you in the right direction:
- Character – Type of pain (stabbing, sharp, dull)
- Location – Where the pain is
- Duration – Length of pain
- Severity – Rate pain on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 as the worst pain you have experienced
- Radiation – Whether the pain moves from place to place
While waiting for an appointment with the Colorado Injury and Pain Specialists, make sure to get plenty of rest, keep the wound clean and dry, and keep on top of prescribed medications. Ice can be applied to the area for the first one to two days after surgery. A hot compress can be used to treat surgery pain after 2 days. Surgery pain, especially any back pain or neck pain, can also often be treated with physical therapy and muscle conditioning.
Any and all injury pain deserves personalized treatment and care.