Goat’s blood? Teeth? Umbilical cord blood? These three things seem to have nothing in common — but surprisingly they have all been used to treat sports injuries (crazy I know!).
There are a lot of bizarre sports injury treatments in Philadelphia that have been used by the pros. Some might recall the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins ice-hockey team, Sidney Crosby. Who, during the 2010-11 season, received two consecutive concussions and was on the sidelines for nearly a year as a result. Crosby looked to the “GyroStim” – a mechanical chair that rotates in all directions as part of his treatment. Weird, right?
Fortunately, most of us don’t need to reach crazy measures to heal quickly after an injury. Neither do we want to remain sidelined for long either, that’s why we’ve compiled a list of common sports injury treatments that will get you back into the game quicker.
Top 4 Common Sports Injury Treatments
- The ever present RICE. This is by far the most common treatment and the go-to for a majority of injuries we receive. The term stands for, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (and has been drilled into every athlete’s head from the moment they start playing).
- Of course, there is always painkiller. The most common kinds of painkillers are paracetamol and ibuprofen. These can be used in conjunction, as ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory and can help to reduce swelling, while paracetamol eases the pain. Many athletes swear by ibuprofen to get them through minor injuries.
- Sometimes you have to use Cortisone. Unfortunately, ibuprofen doesn’t always cut it. If inflammation is severe it may be necessary to have cortisone injections in the injured area. A cortisone injection uses steroids to reduce swelling and relieve the painful symptoms associated with muscle and ligament injuries.
- Or just get a PRP injection. PRP is a great solution to a sports injury. It uses the body’s natural healing methods to relieve pain and heal the injury faster and naturally. Through injecting platelet rich plasma into the area of injury, this method is a risk-free method to promote healing.
If you are looking for a sports injury treatment center in Philadelphia and think PRP might be right for you or if you have more questions don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Stuart A. Kauffman.