Mixing The Best Of Modern And Alternative Medicine To Treat Sports Injuries
Sports injuries affect everyone from professional athletes in top condition to the casual sports player who picks up an occasional ball game. One second, youÕre exuberantly bounding along and the next, a sudden pop or pain has you sprawled out, unable to move. IPCA sees patients whose injuries run the gamut from sprains and strains to more serious conditions, such as torn ligaments in the knee or elbow. The medical professionals and partner providers at IPCA help patients with sub-acute and chronic pain from sports injuries to manage their discomfort and heal. Many treatment options are available, and your plan will depend greatly upon the severity of the injury. Surgery is not always required. IPCA treats many types of injuries, including torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) in the knee. Ripped ACLs rank among the more common knee injuries and occur when a person abruptly stops running or switches direction. Common elbow injuries include tennis elbow, otherwise known as lateral epicondylitis, in which tendons that connect the elbow to the forearm muscle become inflamed from repetitive action. Another elbow injury is a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) Ñ an important elbow ligament sometimes repaired though Tommy John surgery. Damage to the UCL can be acute, but it can also occur more slowly, over time. Many non-athlete UCL tears may be repaired without surgery.
Treatment options include traditional physical therapy, massage and surgery, along with alternative therapies, such as acupuncture. Physical therapy helps you regain your range of motion and strengthen muscles to prevent future injury. Massage works to alleviate pain by relaxing the affected muscles and stimulating blood flow to assist recovery. To enhance the effectiveness of your treatment plan, IPCA offers procedures such as trigger point injections. These injections numb the affected area to allow for movement and facilitate other treatments, including physical therapy or massage. Patients who have already undergone surgery but still suffer from pain, might benefit from a special operation performed by one of our partner medical providers that focuses on nerves surrounding the injured area.
Many patients also find alternative therapy helps to reduce pain. Acupuncture, for example, comes from Eastern medicine and involves thin, stainless steel needles that are inserted into your skin at various points along your body’s so-called meridians. In Chinese medicine, meridians are the channels through which bodily energy flows. The theory is that the needles help to release energy blocks and promote healing.
A Team Of Doctors Committed To Your Care
IPCA’s special interdisciplinary approach connects teams of specialists who all work together to form the best, most effective treatment plan. Throughout our patientsÕ treatment, doctors meet weekly to evaluate progress and discuss potential changes. This interdisciplinary approach ensures you get the best, most minimally invasive care. Sports injuries can cause lasting damage if not healed properly and IPCA considers all potential avenues when developing the best treatment options for your specific situation.