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How to Deal with Common Summer Sports Injuries

August 12, 2022

During the summertime, people flock to golf courses and tennis courts to exercise and enjoy the warm weather. But with this uptick in activity, comes an increase in sports injuries.

> Struggling with a sports injury? Hartford HealthCare’s Rehab Network can help.

There are two common types of injuries athletes experience

According to Jeffrey LaVallee, MD, sports medicine director at the Hartford HealthCare Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, there are two common types of injuries that athletes experience:

Treatment for acute injuries

If you experience an acute injury, Dr. LaVallee recommends RICE – rest, ice, compression and elevation – to reduce swelling and inflammation.

“If you’re having significant bruising or swelling, it is important to get evaluated at a clinic or have imaging to make sure that the injury isn’t severe,” Dr. LaVallee said.

Treatment for chronic injuries

For those with chronic overuse injuries, a variety of at-home treatments can help including non-steroid anti-inflammatories like Tylenol or the use of supportive braces.

  • Non-steroid anti-inflammatories like Tylenol
  • Bracing

Dr. Lavallee also recommended physical therapy, offered by the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network, which uses methods such as manual therapy, heat treatment and individualized exercise plans. Physical therapy patients also have access to state-of-the-art treatments, such as musculoskeletal ultrasound.

“The advantage is the ability to access the tendon or ligament injury, often within the first visit, leading to better outcomes,” Dr. LaVallee said.