One of the most important aspects of being an athlete is to remain healthy and functional. Without complete healing of joints, ligaments, and tendons, it can be hard to reach your full potential as an athlete. If you’re suffering from chronic pain due to an unhealed sports injury, Joshua David, ND, at Rise2Health offers a variety of non-surgical treatments at his office in Portland, Oregon. To learn more about your sports injury recovery options, call Rise2Health or schedule an appointment online today.
A sports injury refers to any type of accident or injury that happens while playing a sport or exercising. Most sports injuries occur in the musculoskeletal system — made up of the muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments cartilage, joints, and other connective tissue that support your body.
It’s vital to your recovery that you seek immediate medical attention after a sports injury. Without a proper diagnosis and early intervention, your injury may not fully heal, leading to chronic pain, loss of function, lowered mobility, and more.
A sports injury can occur nearly anywhere on your body. Some of the most common sports injuries that can impact your performance include:
The blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to your tissues can be broken after an acute injury, which leaks blood and other fluids into your surrounding tissues.
Without immediate treatment, inflammation and swelling can lead to additional tenderness and pain, which slows the healing process. That’s why it’s important to use ice, rest, and compression immediately following a sports injury.
If you have an injury that isn’t healing properly or you lack full function in your injured joints, tissues, tendons, or ligaments, Dr. David at Rise2Health offers a number of regenerative options to promote healing. Your sports injury recovery plan may include:
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses your body’s platelet-rich plasma to heal damaged tissues, ligaments, tendons, or joints. This highly concentrated plasma promotes cell and tissue growth to repair the damage without surgery.
During your PRP treatment, Dr. David takes a vial of your blood and runs it through a centrifuge to isolate the platelet-rich plasma. Then, he injects the PRP directly into your injury site to repair damage at the source. Over the coming weeks and months, PRP injections can relieve pain and help you regain the function of your damaged tissues.
During prolotherapy, Dr. David injects a concentrated combination of anesthetic and dextrose directly into your injury site. This helps relieve pain quickly and stimulates your body’s natural healing response to repair the damage.
If you’re interested in PRP therapy and/or prolotherapy for sports injury recovery, schedule a consultation with Dr. David to learn more. Call Rise2Health or book an appointment online for additional information.