Playing sports and staying physically active can go a long way in keeping you fit and energized through every stage of life. Unfortunately, the same sports and activities that keep you in peak shape can also increase your risk of injury. Sports medicine expert Josephine Huang, MD, of Lower Manhattan Pain and Wellness Center offers complete sports injury rehabilitation to patients of all ages. Call her Chinatown, New York City office, or book an appointment online today.
Sports medicine is a multidisciplinary, holistic form of injury rehabilitation that aims to help athletes and other highly active individuals recover from musculoskeletal injury and trauma as safely, efficiently, and effectively as possible.
To promote rapid recovery, foster complete healing, and reduce your risk of injury recurrence, sports medicine incorporates a variety of treatment modalities, ranging from pain management and physical therapy to proper biomechanics and self-care measures.
As a skilled and experienced sports medicine specialist, Dr. Huang has helped athletes of all ages and abilities restore a high level of functionality that allows them to return to their favorite sport and continue to excel.
Dr. Huang treats a wide range of sports and exercise-related injuries, including:
Caused by repetitive stress on a muscle, joint, ligament, or tendon, overuse injuries are common among athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike. Muscle strains and sprains are familiar repetitive-stress injuries, as is tendonitis, or acute tendon inflammation from overuse.
This painful foot problem is caused by inflammation in the connective tissue of your arch. It can develop when a misalignment in your body mechanics places uneven stress on your feet.
Runners, soccer players, and other athletes who engage in high-impact activities and sports are more likely to develop persistent joint pain.
Athletes and fitness enthusiasts who play basketball, football, and other sports that require quick changes of direction are more likely to sustain painful muscle or ligament tears.
Dr. Huang takes a holistic approach to sports medicine that aims to reduce pain, promote healing, and restore function as quickly and completely as possible. Your treatment plan may include:
Initially, most sports injuries benefit greatly from a period of rest, ice, compression, elevation, and anti-inflammatory medication as needed. Proper self-care measures are especially important if you have a tendon injury like tennis elbow, jumper’s knee, or Achilles tendonitis.
Therapeutic injections, including anti-inflammatory injections for joint pain management and trigger point injections for severe myofascial pain, can be incredibly helpful for improving range of motion so movement — and healing — can begin.
As a key component of sports injury recovery, physical therapy helps reduce early inflammation and preserve normal muscle firing patterns, all of which make it easier to restore joint stability, strength, and range of motion as your recovery unfolds.
Depending on the nature of your injury, acupuncture can help address joint inflammation, release the improper muscle patterns caused by trauma, and re-establish muscle balance around healing tendons, ligaments, and joints.
To learn more about the benefits of sports medicine, call Lower Manhattan Pain and Wellness Center today, or click online to schedule a visit with Dr. Huang any time.