Top Tip to Treat Your Next Sports Injury

Last modified: August 2, 2019

Richard Honaker M.D.
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A sports injury can be a real bummer, especially if it is an injury that sidelines you for weeks, or possibly months. And if you have a family member or little one who suffers from a sports injury, it is even worse.

The great news is that there are usually easy at home treatments for a sports injury. Plenty of common injuries associated with sports, such as a groin pull, hamstring strain, or shin splints can all be painful. However, they are often treatable at home, and you can always ask online questions if needed.



How Do You Treat a Minor Sports Injury at Home? Use RICE Therapy to Ease the Pain

If the sports injury is minor and you don’t believe it requires immediate medical attention, use RICE therapy. RICE is a sports injury acronym used on the sidelines by soccer moms and professional sport’s doctors alike.

RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Whenever a sports injury strikes you, a family member, or a little one, use RICE to alleviate pain and begin the healing process.

If you have any doubts about the seriousness of your injury, head straight for the emergency room. After that, if you disagree with the doctor’s diagnosis and treatment plan, you can always ask online questions and talk to a doctor online now.



The Essential Sports Injury Elements of RICE are Easy to Employ On and Off the Field

RICE is a common sports injury treatment used for sprains, muscle injuries, tendonitis, and ligament damage. You can use it at home for minor injuries, however, it is always a good idea to see your doctor, or talk to a doctor online.

Let’s take a closer look at how you can treat minor sports injuries:

Rest. You want to rest the injured area for at least 48 hours before using it or applying pressure to it, like walking on a sprained ankle.

Ice. You will want to apply ice to your sports injury for 10 to 30 minutes. Be sure to not apply ice directly to the area of injury, so you can avoid ice burns.

Compression. Next, you will want to bring down the swelling around the site of your injury. Use compression bandages to make this happen.

Elevation. You can also reduce swelling by elevating the area of your sports injury. This will also put your injury site at complete rest.

After 48 hours of RICE, you can try to move the area or limb where your sports injury is. Heat and massaging the area could prove useful at this stage of the healing process. Again, if things aren’t getting better, see your doctor and also get assistance by asking online questions or you can even talk to a doctor online.



Talk to a Doctor Online and Ask Online Questions After RICE

If you saw your primary care physician and he said you were out for the season, a second opinion awaits. Getting a professional second opinion online is easier than ever, because YourDoctors.Online is here to help.

You can ask a doctor online about your sports injury, and you can also get all your general medical questions answered. Simply ask online questions to one of our sports injury specialists.

Some of our sports injury doctors have even treated top athletes on professional sports teams in the U.S. and also at the Olympics. Talk to a doctor online now and get the diagnosis and treatment advice you deserve. We have an answer for all your medical issues ranging from shoulder, hip and knee pain to sciatic nerve pain, ruptured disc, shoulder tendonitis, hip or spinal fractures, ligament tear to broken knee cap.

Submitted by Dr. Asim Cheema:

Disclaimer: This article provides general information and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or medical condition. If you require specific advice, please consult one of our medical professionals through the app. However, in case of an emergency, please call 911.

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