Sports Injuries Specialist

Pain Center of NJ

Ira Siegel, MD

Pain Management located in West Orange, NJ, Bayonne, NJ, Union City, NJ, Union, NJ, Edison, NJ, & Ridgefield, NJ

Whether you’re a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or amateur fitness enthusiast, your increased level of activity could place you at higher risk for sports-related injuries. Pain management specialist Ira Siegel, MD, and the team at Pain Center of NJ are experienced and equipped to help prevent, diagnose, and treat your sports injuries. For an expert evaluation, call the offices in Bayonne, West Orange, Bayonne, Union City, Ridgefield, Edison, and Union, New Jersey, or request your appointment online today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are sports injuries?

As the term implies, sports injuries occur during periods of sports, high-intensity physical activity, training, or exercise. While any part of your body can be injured while participating in such activities, sports injuries typically refer to conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system.

Different types of common sports injuries include:

  • Bone fractures
  • Bone dislocations
  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Muscle or tendon strains
  • Ligament sprains
  • Tendinitis
  • Ligament or tendon rupture
  • Pinched nerves
  • Neck injury

The neck and back are particularly vulnerable to injury, especially during impact sports.

What are common symptoms of sports injuries?

Symptoms of a sports injury are specific to your injury. However, if you have these symptoms, even if they’re mild at first, you should be evaluated, both to prevent further injury and to hasten healing.

Symptoms of injury may include:

  • Unusual pain during activity or at rest
  • Burning or dull pain
  • Inflammation of specific areas
  • Immobility or change in mobility 
  • Tingling or numbness in extremities
  • Muscle spasms
  • Inability to bear weight

Any of these symptoms could be a sign that you have overworked or injured your tissues and may need treatment to avoid chronic pain or ongoing problems.

What causes sports injuries?

Aside from high-impact collisions, sports injuries are usually caused by one or more of these contributing factors:

  • Poor body mechanics
  • Improper equipment
  • Lack of conditioning
  • Insufficient pre-workout stretching
  • Ineffective warm-up or cool down

Sports injury prevention focuses on resolving these potential risk factors and reducing your risk of injury during your favorite activities.

What are the treatment options for sports injuries?

Dr. Siegel specializes in using non-surgical treatments for sports injuries. He begins your rehabilitation using physical therapies combined with rest, activity modification, and the use of splints or braces where appropriate. 

Anti-inflammatory medication can also help by allowing you to participate in your therapy, but Dr. Siegel aims to avoid patients becoming reliant on powerful prescription painkillers. Instead, you can benefit from injections containing steroids, a local anesthetic, or most often both to relieve persistent pain from a sports injury.

You can trust the experts at Pain Center of NJ to be a valuable part of your team to help you prevent, diagnose, and treat sports injuries, so you can get back to the activities you love.

For an evaluation of your sports injury, call or book an appointment online with Pain Center of NJ today.