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If you are an athlete, you likely have experienced your fair share of sprains, strains, rips, and tears. Sports-related injuries are incredibly common, and are a risk that comes with participating in any sport or exercise regularly. While primary care providers and sports injury clinics can treat an array of conditions, ranging from minor — and merely annoying — shin splints, to more severe injuries such as fractures. In most cases, though, you'll have to wait for days or even weeks before you are able to get an appointment to see a doctor.
Luckily, Xpress Wellness Urgent Care in Oklahoma and Kansas makes receiving immediate and effective care for all types of common, non-emergency, sports-related injuries easier than ever before for our patients.
The board-certified healthcare providers at each Xpress Wellness urgent care center know how to diagnose and treat sports-related injuries for both adults and children. Why spend days limping around your house waiting to see your primary care provider when you can be seen by an experienced sports medicine provider right away with no appointment necessary? Here are some of the most common sports injuries that we provide treatment for:
- Sprains. A sprain is a stretch or tear of a ligament, which is the connective tissue joining the bones. Sprains are caused by trauma such as a fall or blow to the body that shifts the joint out of position. They are most common in sports like basketball, football, and baseball. Your ankles, knees, and wrists are most vulnerable to sprains.
- Strains. A strain is a twist, pull, or tear of a muscle or a tendon, which is the connective tissue joining the muscle and bone and is a common injury in contact sports like football, hockey, and soccer. Strains are caused by overstretching or over contraction. Two common sites for strains are the lower back and hamstring muscles.
- Fracture. A fracture is simply a break in the bone. There are two types of fractures: acute and stress. Acute fractures are quick one-time injuries to the bone while stress fractures occur from repeated stress to the bone. The legs and feet are the common areas for fractures from sports that require repetitive impact such as track and field.
- Cuts and Lacerations. Cuts and lacerations are fairly common in sports, especially in contact and high-impact sports. A laceration is a wound that is caused by the tearing of soft tissue. Lacerations to the face and scalp are most common in sports. Our medical providers can provide the proper care you need for cut and laceration injuries.
- Dislocations. Dislocations are joint injuries that force the ends of your bones out of position. Impact sports and contact sports, such as football, hockey, or soccer are the common causes of dislocations. You can dislocate your ankles, knees, shoulders, hips, elbows, and jaw. Dislocated joints will be swollen, very painful and visibly out of place.
- Achilles Injuries. Your Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the back of the heel. Injuries to this tendon can range from minor irritation to a complete tear. These injuries are most common in sports where participants quickly speed up, slow down, or pivot, such as track and field, basketball, or volleyball.
Each of the injuries, as well as other sports-related injuries, can cause symptoms such as pain and swelling. If you experience a sports injury, rather than wait in pain to see your primary care provider or to go to a sports injury clinic, head to your nearest Xpress Wellness urgent care clinic! Our sports medicine providers are equipped to manage pain and treat your sports injuries quickly so that our patients can stay active and healthy.