Sports Injuries Specialist

Nomen Azeem, MD -  - Interventional Pain Specialist

Florida Spine & Pain Specialists

Nomen Azeem, MD

Interventional Pain Specialist & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Riverview, FL & Wesley Chapel, FL

Being active comes with risks, as the rising number of sports injuries each year shows. If you’re experiencing pain as a result of a sports injury, book an appointment online or by phone with Dr. Nomen Azeem of Florida Spine & Pain Specialists in Riverview and Wesley Chapel, Florida, to explore your treatment options.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are the most common sports injuries?

Sports injuries can be divided into two major categories: sprains and strains, and overuse injuries. Overuse injuries include conditions like tendonitis, fasciitis, and bursitis, each of which can cause debilitating pain that keeps you from enjoying sports, and may limit your ability to perform your daily activities.

The most common sports injuries include:

  • Sprains, especially ankle sprain
  • Pulled muscles, especially groin pulls
  • Hamstring strain
  • Shin splints
  • Knee injuries, especially ACL tears and patellofemoral syndrome
  • Repetitive motion injuries, especially tennis elbow

How can I treat a sports injury at home?

The treatment program that Dr. Azeem suggests depends on a multitude of factors, including the type of injury you have, your age and overall health status, and whether or not other treatments have been tried unsuccessfully.

If you aren’t sure if your injury will require a medical treatment plan, you may want to try the PRICE method:

  • Protect the area from further injury
  • Rest
  • Ice the affected area
  • Compress the injured limb
  • Elevate the affected body part

Over-the-counter pain relievers may also be effective.

What other treatments are available for sports injuries?

If you’ve used the PRICE method and your injury persists, or if the injury makes your body look “crooked” or move oddly, you can’t bear weight, or there’s excessive swelling, schedule an appointment with Dr. Azeem for an evaluation.

Common treatments for sports injuries include:

  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Injections
  • Surgical interventions
  • Nerve blocks
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Stem cell therapy

What is involved in rehabilitation following a sports injury?

Dr. Azeem will provide you with a comprehensive treatment program, from managing your pain through returning to your active life. Regardless of your injury, you will probably need some form of rehabilitation in order to prevent re-injury.

Rehabilitation is likely to include physical therapy to help you rebuild full function, and you may need to use devices, such as a brace, for support. Dr. Azeem will continue to address your pain control needs throughout the rehabilitation process.

If you’ve sustained a sports injury, call or schedule a consultation online with Dr. Azeem.