Learn more about our experienced sports injury doctor in Rancho Santa Margarita.
Dr. Salma Aziz serves as a sports injury doctor in Rancho Santa Margarita. In addition to helping both children and adults receive care for a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions, she spends her time helping athletes experience relief from injuries that occur during physical activity.
- The goal of Dr. Aziz and her Orange County center is to help athletes get back to playing their sport quickly
- Minimally invasive treatments are utilized to reduce recovery times
Sports injuries are very common and can occur as a result of improper gear, lack of warm ups or stretches, contact with other players, or accidents. Some of the most frequently observed sports injuries include Achilles tendon injuries, fractures, sprains, strains, dislocations, broken ankles, and swollen muscles. It is also possible for athletes to experience pain in centralized areas, like the shin bone, from overuse.
If you are experiencing pain as a result of a sports injury, contact our office today.
What can I do for relief at home?
If you have experienced a sports injury, you can follow the RICE method, which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
- Rest – If you have experienced a sports injury, the first thing you should do is stop participating in the activity. If you keep playing, you could make your injury more severe.
- Ice – Applying an ice pack or a cold pack will help to reduce swelling, and will also provide some pain relief. You can apply ice for 20 minutes at a time a few times a day. After two to three days, if there is no swelling, you can apply heat for more soothing pain relief. Be sure to use a towel between your skin and the ice pack.
- Compression – Compressing the area is another way that you can help to reduce swelling. You can wrap the injured area with an elastic bandage for two to three days. However, you should be sure not to wrap it too tightly, because that will only make swelling worse. If your compression is too tight, you will experience increased pain, tingling, and numbness.
- Elevation – This is another way to reduce swelling. Lift the injured area at or above the level of your heart and keep it in place with pillows while seated or lying down.
Your sports injury doctor in Rancho Santa Margarita may recommend additional home remedies, like pain relief medications.
When should I see a doctor for my sports injury?
In general, it is a good idea to contact your sports injury doctor in Rancho Santa Margarita for any type of sports injury. Even if you don’t think that your injury is serious, it could turn out to be troublesome after all. Dr. Salma Aziz can examine your injury and perform other types of diagnostic testing. In general, contact your doctor for a sports injury when the pain increases or stays the same, or if you are having trouble completing regular activities.