Without proper treatment, sports injuries may never properly heal. This can leave you on the sidelines or in lingering pain for an extended period of time. Whether you have a minor or severe sports injury, you can meet with expert physicians Greg Moreno, MD, Keith Yablonicky, MD, Sarah Peterson, MD and their highly trained staff of providers, at MEDHERO™ Advanced Urgent Care and Wellness Center in San Clemente and La Costa, California. The sports injury experts at our urgent care clinics welcome walk-in visits during business hours. You can also book a sports injury exam online or over the phone.
Sports Injuries Q&A
What are sports injuries?
Sports injuries are any overuse or impact injury that develops while training, exercising, or playing sports. Some of the most common sports injuries include:
- Strains and sprains
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Achilles tendonitis
- Stress fractures
- Broken bones
- Shin splints
Because injuries start healing quickly and you don’t want damaged tissues and bones to improperly heal, it’s important to have a comprehensive sports injury evaluation as soon as your injury occurs.
When should I see a doctor for a sports injury?
The team at MEDHERO Advanced Urgent Care and Wellness Center encourages you to have a sports injury exam if you hear or feel a popping sensation as the injury occurs. It’s also important to get checked out if you experience:
- Limited range of motion
- Swelling, bruising, or inflammation
- Throbbing, stabbing, or electrical pains
- Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or leg
- Obvious deformity, bump, or open wound
- Severe headaches, dizziness, or fainting spells
It’s also important to have a sports injury evaluation at MEDHERO Advanced Urgent Care and Wellness Center if your pain or discomfort gets worse or doesn’t improve after several days.
How are sports injuries treated?
Your sports injury treatment plan is entirely personalized to you. MEDHERO Advanced Urgent Care and Wellness Center has an on-site radiology department where you can get digital X-ray imaging to help diagnose you on the spot. Depending on the outcome of your sports injury exam and any essential imaging, your treatment may include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or pain medications
- Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
- Immobilization with a splint, cast, or brace
- Heat therapy or topical numbing creams
- Physical therapy or targeted exercises
- Activity modifications
MEDHERO Advanced Urgent Care and Wellness Center welcomes walk-in evaluations if you have a sports injury, or you can schedule an appointment online or over the phone.