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Exercise Strains and Sports Injuries - NYC Sports Medicine

The painful and debilitating effects of a sports injury or exercise injury can plague everyone from regular exercisers, to weekend warriors, to the most aggressive athletes. Our approach to sports medicine successfully addresses exercise injury that stems from long-term wear and tear damage to soft tissues and joints. Often even acute sports and exercise injury are caused by a weakening of these same musculoskeletal components resulting in imbalances and instability of the kinetic chain.

At Manhattan Sports Therapy, our comprehensive sports medicine program diagnoses and treats exercise injury such as:

Sports Medicine & Exercise Injury Types

Athletic injury and exercise injury are typically categorized two ways in sports medicine:

Traumatic – an acute exercise injury that occurs suddenly; causes severe pain that inhibits the movement or weight-bearing ability of a certain part of the body
Overuse – an exercise injury of repetitive motion and strain; usually a constant, dull pain while playing or exercising, or before and after activity

Overuse Syndrome in Sports Medicine

For most adults, overuse and general wear and tear are to blame for a sports injury or exercise injury. Sports medicine therapies repair soft tissue and joint inflammation caused by repetitive motion and constant strain. The demands we place on our musculoskeletal system through sports an exercise can be more difficult to absorb as we age. Over a prolonged period of time, the damage from poor conditioning or constant strain may go unnoticed until pain symptoms present.

Sports Medicine:  Exercise Injury Overuse Syndrome

Phase 1: Pain or discomfort felt after activity
Phase 2: Pain or weakening toward end of activity
Phase 3: Impaired performance
Phase 4: Pain during all activity

Without proper sports medicine treatment, an overuse injury becomes a debilitating cycle from which our bodies are not given a chance to recover. As a sports medicine expert, Dr. Nemirovsky is adept at diagnosing the root of an exercise injury and integrating the most effective and conservative treatments for recovery and pain relief.

The benefits of sports medicine is the treatment of musculoskeletal injury concurrent with your sports participation. Gone are the days of being sidelined by pain symptoms while you “wait out” the discomfort of your exercise injury. 

In sports medicine, traumatic injuries are classified based on severity:

First Degree/Mild: Can bear weight, no pain when involved tissue is in neutral position
Second Degree/Moderate: Pain when bearing weight, neutral position requires support
Third Degree/Severe: Usually requires hospitalization or surgery due to extensive damage to soft tissues, joints, or bones

Treating Exercise Injury with Sports Medicine

Dr. Nemirovsky will establish whether your exercise injury is the result of a traumatic event, overuse, or a combination of the two. Often strength and muscle imbalances, general inflexibility, or poor fitness and conditioning are the root of both types of injuries.

It is important to seek diagnosis and treatment from a sports medicine specialist immediately following your exercise injury. The sports medicine-based care you receive at Manhattan Sports Therapy will reduce the duration of your injury and restore pain-free function. 

General exercise injury recovery schedule with conservative sports medicine:

Acute Inflammatory Phase:                  48 to 72 hours
Repair and Regeneration Phase:         48 hours to 6 weeks
emolding and Rehabilitation Phase: 3 weeks to 12 months    

Integrating the latest advancements, Dr. Nemirovsky combines Active Release Technique® (ART), Cold-Laser Light Therapy, and Cox Flexion Distraction Technique for correction and restoration. This layered approach to sports medicine, physical therapy, and chiropractic care starts with the manipulation and mobilization of soft tissues and joints to repair a musculoskeletal dysfunction. 

For the sports medicine demands of more aggressive athletes, Dr. Nemirovsky’s expert application of Kinesiology Taping significantly supports performance and recovery needs.

Using Sports Medicine to Prevent Exercise Injury

Athletes and active adults also benefit from Dr. Nemirovsky’s musculoskeletal analysis prior to injury. Sports medicine prevention strategies are elevated by his expert assessment of any dysfunctions that could lead to an exercise injury and pain in the future. His preventative treatments and advice can significantly optimize your performance and reduce your risk of exercise injury.

In conjunction with Dr. Nemirovsky’s sports medicine therapies, you play a critical role in your rehabilitation and prevention of re-injury. Fitness level, motivation, and dedication are key components of your sports performance and wellness.

  • Always follow a routine of proper warm-up, hydration, nutrition, and cool-down
  • Spread your athletic participation throughout the week to avoid excessive strain on the weekends
  • Consult with Dr. Nemirovsky on the proper exercise injury prevention techniques for your sport of choice
  • When applicable, always use the proper safety equipment and protective gear
  • Know your limits and build your participation in a new sport gradually
  • Support your athletic participation with proper strength and cardio training
  • Avoid repetitive strain of soft tissues and joints by varying the activities you participate in
  • Don’t ignore an exercise injury or pain; seek proper diagnosis and treatment immediately