LA Pain Doctor
Pain Management Specialists located in Metairie, Laplace, Harvey, New Orleans, and Luling, LA
Whether you’re a professional athlete, an up-and-coming amateur, or someone who just likes to stay active, you’re at risk of a sports injury. At LA Pain Doctor, Firas Hijazi, MD, and Satvik Munshi, MD, provide a wide range of services, from physical medicine and regenerative therapies to interventional treatments that alleviate your pain so you can fully participate in rehabilitation and get back in the game. To get experienced care for sports injuries, call one of the offices in Metairie, LaPlace, Harvey, or New Orleans, Louisiana, or book an appointment online.
Sports Injuries Q & A
What causes sports injuries?
You can be in your best shape ever and still suffer a sports injury. But your risk of injury is much greater if you don’t warm up prior to the game, you use improper technique, or you suddenly increase the intensity of your training.
The team at LA Pain Doctor helps men and women with a wide range of sports injuries, including:
- Ankle sprains
- ACL tears
- Meniscus injuries
- Tennis or golf elbow
- Shoulder dislocation
- Rotator cuff tears
- Shin splints
- Achilles tendonitis
- Runner’s knee
Without rest and treatment, all types of sports injuries get progressively worse, potentially turning into a major problem.
What symptoms develop due to sports injuries?
When you injure your muscles, ligaments, tendons, and/or bones, you’ll experience one or more of these symptoms:
- Joint instability
- Limited movement
- Muscle weakness
- Tingling or numbness
- Inability to use the affected limb
Severe symptoms or symptoms that don’t improve in a few days need medical attention to ensure the tissues heal properly. Otherwise, the damaged tissue won’t regain optimal strength.
What type of treatment will I receive for a sports injury?
Each person’s treatment is based on their specific injury and symptoms. Severe injuries may require surgery. As a general guideline, however, most injuries are immobilized or require activity modification to give the tissues time to heal.
The second step in your treatment is rehabilitation and physical therapy. You’ll receive a variety of treatments designed to restore your strength, flexibility, and movement.
During healing and rehabilitation, your provider at LA Pain Doctor may recommend one of several possible treatments to alleviate your pain and promote healing, such as:
- Steroid injections
- Nerve blocks
- Facet joint injection
- Hyaluronic acid injections
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
- Epidural steroid injections
- Radiofrequency ablation
These treatments work in different ways but they all target the source of your pain. For example, nerve blocks and radiofrequency ablation stop nerves from sending pain signals to your brain. Your pain is significantly diminished when your brain doesn’t get the message.
PRP injections contain a concentrated amount of platelets obtained from your own blood. When your provider injects PRP at the injured tissues, the platelets release growth factors that trigger healing and activate tissue regeneration.
If you need expert treatment and pain relief to get back in the game, call LA Pain Doctor or book an appointment online.