Sports Medicine Specialist

Allina Health Apple Valley

Medical Center located in Apple Valley, MN

Let’s face it, the rough and tumble fun of sports also brings with it an elevated risk of injury. The goal of the providers at the Apple Valley Medical Center is to treat your sports injury as quickly as possible, while minimizing potential re-injury. From sprained ankles to ACL tears, the healthcare providers can help patients in Apple Valley, Minnesota and the surrounding areas, get back into the game. To learn more, call to book an appointment.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What are the most common sports injuries?

While sports participation leads to added stresses on a number of areas of your body, often pushing them to their limits, the most common sports injuries are:

  • Ankle sprain
  • Pulled groin
  • Hamstring strain
  • Shin splints
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in knee
  • Other knee injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Rotator cuff tear in shoulder

While some of the injuries are acute and a result of an isolated, traumatic incident, others develop over time due to repeated movements.

What are the symptoms of a sports injury?

Since sports injuries can happen almost anywhere on your body, the symptoms are varied. Most sports injuries involve your major joints, tendons, and muscles and typically result in:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Immobility

What should I do if I have an injury?

If you’ve been injured while participating in your favorite sport, you should immediately turn to the RICE method:

  • Rest: limit the use of the injured area
  • Ice: apply ice for 10 minutes at a time, off and on for the first 24-48 hours
  • Compression: wrap the injury to help with swelling
  • Elevation: keep the injured area above your heart as much as you can

If you don’t see any improvement after a day or two, it’s time to call the Apple Valley Medical Center.

How are sports injuries treated?

The team of providers at the Apple Valley Medical Center is highly trained in treating sports injuries of all kinds. When you come in, your provider will look at the area, record your symptoms, and order advanced imaging to see what’s going on inside.

With a diagnosis in hand, the provider will decide how to treat your injury properly in the short term, which may include:

  • Bracing
  • Splinting
  • Casts
  • Crutches
  • Slings

If it’s a simple sprain, these treatments are typically all you need. If you’ve experienced a moderate tendon tear or bone fracture, you may require further care or surgery, in which case the provider will make sure you’re comfortable, and puts you in touch with a specialist.

The provider may also recommend over-the-counter anti-inflammatories or prescribe pain medication for more serious injuries.

You’ll be given complete at-home instructions to help you heal as quickly as possible.

If you’ve been injured, don’t be sidelined longer than you have to. Call the Apple Valley Medical Center to schedule an appointment for expert sports medicine care.