Sports injury treatment

Exercises and physical activities are good for the human body but people often get hurt while doing so. A sports injury can involve damage to the body from sports, exercises including gym, or any athletic activities. Sports injuries are common and can affect any body part throughout the body which can include bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other structures. Sports injury treatment depends on which body part is affected and how serious is the injury. A sports injury could be acute (sudden) or chronic (develop with time) based on which the sports injury treatment is advised to the patient. If you are observing any pain, or stiffness or are unable to move any body part properly, consult experienced doctors at the SCI hospital for proper diagnosis and the best sports injury treatment in Delhi.

Causes of sports Injury

A sports injury can happen to anyone and majorly can be due to the following reasons-

  • Accidents such as falls or wrong position while doing any physical activity
  • People who are out of shape
  • Not wearing proper protective equipment
  • Exercising without warming up or cooling down the body
  • Sudden changes in an exercise plan with which the body isn't familiar
  • Participation in contact sports which involves extreme collision or tackling
  • Taking part in activities involving jumping, running, or directional change frequently

Symptoms of sports injuries

The signs and symptoms of the common sports injury include-

  • Pain, body ache, or tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Decrease range of motion
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness or weakness
  • Inability to bear weight or trouble while moving a particular body part
  • Grinding, crackling, or clicking noise

Sports injury treatment options

Sports injury treatment depends on the type of injury, the severity of the injury, and the affected body part. It can take a few weeks to months for the proper sports injury to heal after the sports injury treatment and for the person to get back to usual activities without experiencing any symptoms. Some of the common sports injury treatment procedures may include-

PRICE therapy

Minor injuries such as sprains or strains can often be treated at home initially for two to three days using the therapy known as PRICE which stands for

Protection- protect the affected area from any further injury

Rest- avoid exercise and reduce daily physical activities to avoid pressure on the injured body part

Ice- applying ice for 15-20 minutes on the affected area after every two to three hours can provide relief from swelling and help the person feel relaxed and calm

Compression- to limit swelling, use elastic compression bandages, especially during daytime

Elevation- elevating the affected area above the heart level can help reduce swelling

This sports injury treatment is done at home with proper advice from the doctor and can help with many minor sports injuries.

Pain relief

Painkillers such as paracetamol are advised generally to get relief from pain. Ibuprofen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) tablets and creams are also used to get pain relief after a sports injury treatment and reduce swelling.


Immobilization can help prevent further damage to the body by restricting the movement of the affected body part. It can reduce pain, muscle swelling, or muscle spasms. Immobilization sports injury treatment includes the use of slings, splints, and cast to immobilize the arm, shoulder, wrist, or ankle while you heal. It’s advised to consult a doctor to prevent further damage in case immobilization doesn’t show improvement or relief from the pain.


People recovering from a long-term injury gets benefitted from physiotherapy as a sports injury treatment option. It is a specialist sports injury treatment that includes massages, manipulation, and exercises to help the recovery of the affected area to normal function. A proper physiotherapy exercise plan can help the person to strengthen the affected area and reduce the chances of reoccurring injury.

Corticosteroid injections

A corticosteroid injection is recommended to the patient if there is severe and persistent inflammation. It can relieve pain caused by the injury but the pain relief depends on the condition of the patient and can be temporary as well in which the corticosteroid injection can be repeated but not more than three injections per year.

This sports injury treatment can have some side effects involved such as thinning of the skin, infection or loss of fat.

Surgery and other sports injury treatment options

Most sports injury treatments don't involve surgery but severe conditions like broken bones and dislocation may require corrective surgery. There are different types of surgery options depending on the affected area and condition of the severity of the injury. In some cases, it is even possible to correct the displaced bones without needing surgery. Consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis and examination to prevent further damage or worsening of the injury condition.

Risk factors that lead to sports injury

Childhood- Kids aren’t aware of their physical limits so they tend to push themselves which enhances their risks of sports injury.

Age- As the person ages, the body tends to be prone to get injured more frequently as the bones or muscles become weak.

Lack of care- Mostly serious injury starts with a small one being ignored or left untreated such as stress fractures which if treated early by the doctor can be prevented from becoming a serious issue later on.

Being overweight- carrying extra weight put unnecessary weight on joints, including knees, ankles, or hips.

One should consult a doctor and get a complete physical examination done when planning to start any physical activity to get to know the precautionary measures to avoid related sports injury treatment and also the overall health of the body. Get in touch with the specialized team of doctors for the best sports injury treatment in Delhi at the SCI hospital.

Why SCI Hospital

SCI Hospital is a multi-disciplinary healthcare centre, offering the best medical care facilities to patients suffering from various health conditions, including Orthopaedic afflictions like Knee, Hip and joint issues. We are one of the top orthopaedic hospitals in Delhi and also well-equipped with many specialities.

Complete Sports Injury Care At SCI Hospital Delhi

  • Best-In Class Modular OT Set-up
  • Team of Experts with more than 12 Years of Exp.
  • Pre Surgery Examination
  • Post-Surgery Physiotherapy Program
  • Complete Rehabilitation Facility under one roof

Frequently Asked Questions About Sports Injury Treatment

The most effective sports injury treatment is rest, don’t use the affected body part for a few days. Put ice or cold packs on the affected area to reduce pain and swelling. If no improvement is observed, then get treated by experienced doctors for the best sports injury treatment in Delhi.
The standard sports injury treatment to be done immediately after a few minutes is rest, use of ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) to relax the affected area and reduce swelling.
The basic steps to prevent any sports injury include-
  • Get a proper athletic activity plan prepared by a professional for strength training, and flexibility and get your body warmed up for any physical activity.
  • Plan alternate exercises every other day to target different body parts.
  • Cool down your body properly after any physical activity.
  • Stay hydrated
  • Do stretching exercises to facilitate proper body movement to reduce the risk of sports injury.
  • Learn the right techniques before playing any sport.
  • Use the right equipment or wear proper shoes to provide support.

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