If you lead an active lifestyle, you’ve probably sustained a sports injury or two. But while some of these injuries can be treated quite effectively at home, there are others that require professional medical care. Failure to seek out expert medical treatment can prolong the healing process or could even keep you from playing the sport you love entirely.
According to Sports Medicine Australia, 2.2 injuries occur per every 1,000 surfing days. While that may not seem like a lot, statistically speaking, a beach injury can happen when you least expect it. If you overestimate your skill level, neglect to pay attention to the conditions around you, or continue to partake in your sport in spite of an already established injury, you’re putting your well-being at significant risk. While muscle overuse might not disrupt your life at first, left untreated, it can be a huge obstacle that takes a long time to overcome. So even though you can heal some injuries with rest, icing, compression, and elevation (known as the RICE method), it’s best not to take a chance if you’re in doubt.
So how will you know it’s time to head to your urgent care clinic for treatment for your sports injury?
Although people may have told you to “push through the pain,” that mindset is really to your detriment. The first thing you should do when you feel pain is to stop what you’re doing and get to a safe spot where you can assess some of the damage. Keep in mind that your adrenaline can hide the severity of your injuries.
Seek medical attention right away if:
- You are in extreme pain or experience numbness or swelling
- You cannot put weight or pressure on the injured area
- The injured area feels unstable
- An old injury starts to swell up or ache
- You’ve sustained a deep cut that needs wound treatment (stitches)
Even if you think your injury doesn’t warrant a trip to the walk in clinic, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You may believe you can tough it out or that a day or two of rest may fix the issue, but by ignoring your sports injury, you’ll likely make it much worse. Those injuries are the type that ruin careers and can keep you from doing what you love. Don’t take that chance. Take a quick trip to your local urgent care facility and get your injury checked out — just in case.