Sports Injuries Specialist

Matthew J Crawford, DO, PhD

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon & Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine located in Austin, TX

Physical activity and exercise are good for your body, but sometimes you can hurt yourself when playing sports. Though many mild sports injuries can be treated at home, Michael J. Crawford, MD, PhD, offers treatment for more severe injuries at his practice in Austin, Texas. If your at-home treatments for sports injuries aren’t enough, call the practice, or schedule an appointment online.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What causes sports injuries?

Some people experience sports injuries because of participating in a sport when they aren’t in good health or physical condition. Accidents or using improper equipment or gear can cause sports injuries, and participating in an activity without stretching or warming up your muscles can also lead to mishaps.


How can I prevent sports injuries?

To prevent possible injury during exercise and sports, always stretch and give your muscles a chance to warm up before starting. Ensure you’re wearing appropriate shoes for the activity, along with the appropriate sports gear and protective equipment. Between sports games or practices, strengthen your muscles with training and daily exercise to maintain or promote good, physical health that supports your sports activities.

During a sports game or practice, stay hydrated, and take breaks as needed to avoid overheating or overexertion.


What are the most common sports injuries?

Injuries vary depending on the sport or activity in which you participate and your overall level of fitness. The most common sports injuries include:

  • Knee injuries
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Swollen and sore muscles
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Bone fractures
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Dislocated bones
  • Shinbone pain


If you experience pain or injury during sports or exercise, stop the activity. Working through the pain or continuing your activities can cause a more significant injury. If your sports injury requires more than at-home treatment, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Michael J. Crawford, MD, PhD.


What are the treatment options for sports injuries?

Many sports injuries can be treated at home with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE).  Follow the RICE method within 24 hours of an injury to reduce swelling, bruising, and prevent additional pain. If the treatment isn’t relieving pain or reducing swelling, you may add over-the-counter pain relievers. 

For more severe sports injuries, visit Dr. Crawford for other treatment options, including rehabilitation or sometimes, surgery. You should always seek emergency care for sports injuries with severe swelling and pain, visible lumps or deformities, or for joints that make noise when you use them. You should also make an appointment if you are unable to put weight on an injured joint.

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