Muscle soreness or stiffness for a day or two after exercising are considered normal, however certain warning signs may signal a more serious injury that requires care from the Vanguard team. Early warning signs of sports injuries include:
- Tenderness or soreness within a joint
- Muscle soreness or stiffness lasting more than two days
- Swelling or bruising
- Decreased range of motion
- Pain when bearing weight
- Inability to raise your arms overhead without pain or discomfort
If you experience any of these warning signs, see the team immediately for an exam. Getting a diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible may reduce your risk of complications and may allow you to return to athletic activities sooner.
If you’re experiencing joint pain or muscle soreness for more than two days after a workout or haven’t recovered from a mild to moderate injury within a week, see the Vanguard team for care. Serious injuries or severe pain require immediate medical attention and treatment to prevent your pain from becoming chronic or causing disability.
The team diagnoses and treats all types of sports injuries, including:
- Muscle strains
- Ligament sprains
- Groin pulls
- Rotator cuff tears
- Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Joint pain
- Back pain
For severe injuries that include excessive swelling or bruising, the team refers you for X-rays or an MRI to rule out complications before providing treatment. In some cases, an orthopedic referral may also be necessary.
The team offers a comprehensive array of therapies and sports rehab protocols to help you recover after an injury and get back in the game. Popular types of therapy include:
- Graston technique®
- Active Release Technique® (ART)
- Pre- and post-op rehab
- Sports-specific rehab protocols
- Chiropractic care
- Hot and cold therapy, including cryotherapy
- Electrical stimulation
- NormaTec® recovery
- Decompression therapy
These therapies may also be helpful in boosting your athletic performance by increasing your strength, flexibility, speed, and stamina. Regenerative medicine services like platelet-rich plasma injections may also be beneficial when recovering from an injury to speed up your natural healing process with less pain and discomfort.
The Vanguard team also focuses on recovery after athletic and endurance events, even if you haven’t been injured. These therapies can speed up your recovery time and reduce muscle soreness and stiffness immediately after an athletic event or competition.
To set up a sports injury screening or rehab visit, call Vanguard Spine & Sport or book an appointment online.