Sports Injuries Specialist

Pain Consultants of Michigan/ A & R Therapies

Interventional Pain and Regenerative Therapies & Aesthetics located in Saginaw, MI

Whether you’re a competitive athlete, a weekend warrior, or you enjoying taking walks, the physical stress and movement during athletic activities can cause sports injuries. Lakshmana Madala, MD, FIPP, atPain Consultants of Michigan/ A & R Therapies can help you successfully rehabilitate with regenerative and interventional treatments that alleviate your pain. If you’re sidelined due to pain, call the office in Saginaw, Michigan or have your physician refer you to our office.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are the most common sports injuries?

Anyone who has ever suffered an injury during an activity they enjoy, whether competitive sports or recreational fun, can appreciate the depth of pain that accompanies most sports injuries.

Activities that involve repetitive impact, twisting, overhead movements, shifting weight, and suddenly changing directions while running are most likely to cause an injury.

The most common sports injuries include:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and other knee injuries
  • Ankle sprains
  • Meniscus tears
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Pitcher’s elbow
  • Shin splints
  • Achilles tendon injury
  • Back strain

The most important thing to remember about a sports injury is that it should be evaluated and properly treated to prevent the progressive worsening of the problem.

What symptoms might I develop from a sports injury?

Sports injuries cause classic symptoms such as immediate pain, swelling, limited movement, or inability to use the affected body part. If the injury affects your shoulder, the joint may feel loose or affect your arm strength and movement.

When a nerve is pinched, you may develop pain anywhere along the length of the nerve, usually radiating down an arm or leg. Nerve damage can also cause a sudden electric shock-like pain, tingling, loss of feeling, and muscle weakness.

How are sports injuries treated?

Sports injuries need time to rest and heal, which may mean modifying your activities or temporarily immobilize the injured area. Some injuries require immediate surgery to ensure proper healing; otherwise, surgery is the last treatment considered.

While you heal, and especially during physical therapy and rehabilitation, you may need pain relief. Dr. Mandala specializes in interventional treatments designed to provide immediate and longer-lasting pain relief so you can fully engage in the rehabilitation you need to restore full function.

Interventional therapies include joint and spine injections that deliver medications directly to the source of your pain. Medications such as steroids significantly reduce inflammation, while anesthetics can block the nerve signals causing pain.

If your sports injury includes damage to soft tissues that are slow to heal, such as ligament and cartilage injuries, you may be a great candidate for regenerative treatments like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. PRP accelerates healing by stimulating new tissue growth and diminishing inflammation.

To learn more about the pain-relieving treatments available at Pain Consultants of Michigan/ A & R Therapies, call 989-752-1900 or have your physician refer you to our office. If you would like to learn more about PRP injections, call Pain Consultants of Michigan/ A & R Therapies or use our online booking feature to request a regenerative therapy consultation today.