FAQs About Sports Injuries

Answers you can trust from NYC orthopedic sports medicine surgeon

Dealing with a serious sports injury in New York? Worried about whether you’ll be able to recover? Or what you should do next? Sports medicine can be very complicated. That’s why it’s important that you have a knowledgeable sports medicine doctor answering your questions. That’s why a New York orthopedic sports surgeon at Island Musculoskeletal Care (IMC Bone Doc) wants to meet with you.

Our doctors have the answers to your questions because we have extensive experience dealing with sports injuries. In particular, our board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons have more than 100 years of combined medical experience. We also have the latest, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, including an MRI machine in each office.

Get answers to your specific sports injury questions. Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced, New York orthopedic sports surgeons today. Many of our doctors have immediate appointments available, including same day appointments in one of our seven, New York offices. Simply contact us online or call 1-888-BONE-DOC (266-3362). Our medical practice is in-network and accepts most forms of insurance. As a result, your medical insurance may cover all your medical expenses.

What is your sports injury question?

Don’t see your specific sports injury question? Don’t worry. Every sports injury is different. That’s why we recommend having a doctor examine your injury as soon as possible to diagnose exactly what’s wrong.  Simply schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at IMC Bone Doc today.

What are common sports injuries?

Sports injuries can cover a wide range, from minor injuries to serious injuries that require surgery. Some of the most common, serious sports injuries include:

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What are common causes of sports injuries?

Sports injuries happen for many different reasons. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Overuse of muscles or joints (especially among elite or professional athletes)
  • Wear and tear (especially among older athletes who frequently play a particular sport)
  • Stopping suddenly or rapidly changing direction (common cause of knee injuries)
  • Direct blow to the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow or another body part
  • Attempting to lift or push a heavy object (often resulting in strained back muscles)

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How do I know if I have a sports injury?

You know your body best. If something feels wrong, stop what you’re doing and seek immediate medical treatment. If your injury occurs while you’re playing a sport, stop what you’re doing immediately. You may even want to ask to be carried off the field if you feel you could make your injury worse by walking on your own.

If you feel pain or discomfort several hours or days after you sustained your injury, we strongly recommend making an appointment with one of our experienced, New York orthopedic sports surgeons. We often have immediate appointments available the same day. We can diagnose exactly what’s wrong using state-of-the-art equipment, including an MRI machine, which we have in each one of our seven New York offices.

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What are common symptoms of a sports injury?

Each sports injury is unique and has different symptoms. However, common symptoms of a serious sports injury often include:

  • Shooting pain in injured area
  • Chronic pain which lasts for days or weeks
  • Difficulty walking or when putting weight on injured area

Again, you know your body best. If something doesn’t feel right, stop what you’re doing and seek immediately medical treatment. Many of our doctors at IMC Bone Doc have immediate appointments available the same day.

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What should I do if I sustain a serious sports injury?

Sometimes, icing the injured area and rest are enough when it comes to healing a minor sports injury. In the case of a serious sports injury, ice and rest may not be enough to cure what’s wrong with you. You may need surgery, long-term physical therapy or a combination of both. That’s why it’s important to consult with an experienced, sports medicine doctor familiar with a wide range of sports injuries. Our surgeons at IMC Bone Doc know how to diagnose what’s wrong and what different symptoms mean. You can count on us after your serious sports injury.

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Should I see a doctor if I have a sports injury?

Yes. Having a doctor examine you and diagnose what’s wrong is the only way you will know for sure exactly what’s wrong with you. Otherwise, your sports injury might not be properly diagnosed and you could make your injury worse over time.

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How long will my sports injury take to heal?

There is no set timetable for sports injuries. Some injuries take a few days to heal. Others may take weeks or months. In many cases, your sports injury may not properly heal unless you get the proper medical care, which could include surgery, non-surgical treatments or physical therapy. Your doctor can diagnose you, explain what to expect and what your different treatment options are for your sports injury.

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Will I need physical therapy after my sports injury?

Perhaps. Often, physical therapy is an important part of someone’s recovery from a serious sports injury. If you do need physical therapy, you have come to the right place. Our medical practice has a licensed physical therapist in each one of our seven office locations in New York City and Long Island. That way, you can receive the physical therapy you need and deserve at a location convenient for you.

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Will I need surgery for my sports injury?

Sometimes, surgery is the best way to treat a serious sports injury. We understand that surgery is a serious decision. That’s why we want to meet with you and discuss all the treatment options available to you. That way, you can decide if surgery is the right choice for your specific sports injury.

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How long is the recovery time after surgery for a sports injury?

Recovery time for surgery can vary widely. Sometimes, you may only need a few weeks to recover from surgery. Other times, you may need several months – or even longer – to fully recover from your sports injury surgical procedure. That’s why it’s critical that you fully understand the implications of your surgery and how long it will take for you to return to doing many of the things you may have taken for granted before your injury.

Our sports medicine surgeons can give you an honest assessment of your injury and what you can expect if we operate on you. We also offer physical therapy treatment at all seven New York office locations, each of which features a licensed physical therapist. That way, you can get back to living your life as soon as possible after your surgical procedure.

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Will I be able to walk up stairs after my sports injury surgery?

It depends on what type of sports injury you had and what type of surgical procedure you underwent. If you sustained a serious knee injury, hip injury or spinal injury, your mobility may be limited after your surgical procedure and you may not be able to walk up or down stairs. The surgeon who operates on you at IMC Bone Doc can carefully explain what you should and should not do after your surgery. That way, you can fully recover and get back to doing many of the things you love to do as soon as possible.

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Will I need physical therapy after surgery for my sports injury?

In many cases, you may need physical therapy after undergoing surgery for your sports injury. Physical therapy is often an important part of any recovery program after a surgical procedure. That’s why we have a licensed physical therapist at each one of our seven office locations in New York City and Long Island. Our experienced sports injury surgeons at IMC Bone Doc understand that surgery is often only the first step towards a full and complete recovery.

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How can a surgeon help me after my sports injury?

Many times, surgery is the best and most effective way to treat a serious sports injury. Surgical procedures are just one way to treat different sports injuries. Sometimes, certain non-surgical procedures or physical therapy – or a combination of both – may be the best method to fully recovering from your sports injury. You’ll only know for sure what the best approach for treating your injury is when you meet with an experienced sports injury surgeon.

Our board-certified, fellowship-trained doctors at IMC Bone Doc have decades of experience operating on people with serious sports injuries and effectively treating them. We know what symptoms to look for. We know which treatments work best, and we can explain in detail all the treatment options available to you. That way, you can make an informed decision about what you want to do. Our doctors always put your best interests first. We’ll be there for you every step of the way – from diagnosing your injury or carefully monitoring your recovery after surgery. You can count on us.

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