Every year, millions of Americans visit the emergency room due to sports injuries. Though common, without prompt diagnosis and treatment, sports injuries can limit your mobility and prevent you from the activities you love. At The Center for Regenerative Medicine in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Jeffrey Farricielli, MD, ABPMR, provides holistic, regenerative medicine treatments to manage sports injuries. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative team today.
Sports injuries occur during physical activities like exercise or playing sports.
Some of the most common causes of sports injuries include failing to warm up, wearing improper protective gear, and poor training practices. If you experience an injury while working out or competing, don’t push through the pain. Stop immediately to prevent the issue from getting worse.
At The Center for Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Farricielli diagnoses and treats a variety of sports injuries, including:
He also provides treatment for wear-and-tear injuries, including plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and shin splints.
If you experience a sports injury, it’s essential to stop the activity immediately. Pushing through the discomfort or continuing your regular workout routine may aggravate your symptoms. In the event of a mild injury, try rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol).
If your symptoms persist for more than a few days, or they interfere with your mobility, schedule an appointment at The Center for Regenerative Medicine right away.
To diagnose sports injuries, Dr. Farricielli reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms and the events leading up to your injury, and conducts a physical exam. Afterward, he has you rate your pain on a scale of 1-10 and asks you to perform a series of strength and range-of-motion exercises.
If these steps don’t provide enough information to make a diagnosis, Dr. Farricielli might also recommend diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays, an MRI, or an ultrasound. These tools provide detailed images of your bones, joints, and supportive soft tissue structures.
Treatment for sports injuries depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your daily life.
Whenever possible, Dr. Farricielli recommends conservative, minimally invasive regenerative medicine treatments like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, stem cell therapy, or extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT).
If your sports injury causes joint pain, he might recommend viscosupplementation or micronized fat aspirate injections. If you experience muscle tension, he might administer Botox® to keep your muscles from contracting.
To continue exploring treatment options for sports injuries, schedule an appointment at The Center for Regenerative Medicine. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative team today.