When Is a Sports Injury Enough to Seek Treatment?

Most athletes or their parents know minor injuries can be treated effectively with the RICE protocol: rest, ice, compression and elevation. Thankfully, these self-care tactics are sufficient to resolve most minor injuries within a few weeks; however, it’s essential to understand when sports injury treatment is needed.

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When it’s time to see a physician

Sometimes knowing when to seek medical treatment for a sports injury can be tricky, especially if there isn’t obvious trauma or if the symptoms don’t get in the way of playing. If you answer ‘true’ to the any of the statements below, it’s time to schedule an appointment with a specialized sports medicine doctor:

  • You have a mild to moderate sports injury that hasn’t gone away with a week or more of rest and home treatment.
  • You have an injury or condition that affects training or performance that has not been diagnosed or treated.
  • You have an injury or condition that may pose a risk to your teammates or competitors.

When it’s time to seek urgent care

While most sports injuries can be treated safely at home, there are some rare cases in which an injury is severe enough that it needs to be evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible. The Pomona Valley Health Centers offer conveniently located urgent care facilities in Chino Hills, Claremont and La Verne. Here are the most common signs someone needs urgent medical care:

  • Any head injury that involves loss of consciousness, disorientation or confusion
  • A joint or bone is clearly broken, dislocated or deformed
  • Inability to support weight or tolerate pressure on the affected area
  • Extreme pain that’s getting worse
  • Paralysis, tingling or numbness
  • Unsteady breathing or pulse
  • Noticeable paleness

No matter what type of muscle or skeletal pain you’re dealing with, PVHC has the treatment options you need to get back on the playing field. Our sports medicine doctors are specialized in nonsurgical orthopedic treatment and rehabilitation for all ages and abilities. When you need safe, effective, leading edge sports injury treatment contact the experienced physicians at PVHC.

What Are Common Sports Injuries?

What Are Common Sports Injuries

In athletics, victory can come with a price—often in the form of a sports injury. As a result, you need to know what the common sports injuries are to stay one step ahead. While sports injuries aren’t 100 percent preventable, a little knowledge goes a long way toward staying in the game.

Shoulders: The weakest joint

As one of your body’s weakest joints, it’s not surprising to learn that it’s also among the most commonly injured. Equally important to consider is how so many athletic movements (throwing, catching, blocking, etc.) depend on shoulder strength. The takeaway: Any shoulder pain that persists for more than two weeks should be evaluated by a sports medicine professional.

Hurting hamstrings

Hamstrings are tricky. As they’re often left tight, weak and un-stretched, injuries involving hamstrings have become quite common. Moreover, as they’re located on the back of your thigh, they can be easy to forget. Our advice: Keep your hamstrings well stretched and strengthened to avoid injury.


Concussions are among the most serious sports injuries; what’s more, they come with harmful, long-term consequences. Concussions are injuries to the brain, such as bruises, that result from blows to the head and can occur with or without loss of consciousness. A potential concussion should not go unreported or untreated. When you’re experiencing symptoms such as confusion, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, or slurred speech, seek immediate medical help. 

Shin splints

Shin splints (like many sports injuries) begin with chronic pain—in this case, pain of the lower leg bone (tibia). Runners are the primary victims of shin splints, but anyone who participates in any vigorous physical activity is at risk of developing them. The most effective ways to prevent and even treat nagging shin splints are rest, icing, stretching and cross-training. From there, gradually increase your running activities to prevent shin splints from reoccurring.

ACL tear or strain

Your ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is one of the ligaments that helps stabilize your knee. Cutting, pivoting, or changing directions lead to tears or strains of the ACL. One of the most devastating sports injuries, rehabilitation, and even surgery, is necessary to get you back to your daily activities. Help prevent ACL injuries by warming up, stretching, and seeing a sports medicine physician to help develop an individualized ACL prevention program.

Stay in the game

No one wants to be sidelined when it comes to sports injuries, which is why it’s important to take proper precautions. To learn more about sports medicine in Pomona Valley, call 909-630-7829.