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At what point should an injured student see a sports trainer?

At what point should an injured student see a sports trainer?

Before resuming play: All injuries in athletes should be evaluated by a trained health care professional prior to return to participation. As a rule of thumb, the sooner an athlete is diagnosed and treated, the sooner he/she can safely return to play. A certified athletic trainer is the qualified individual most often responsible for initial evaluation of the injured student athlete. ...Read more

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Where can I find a good physiotherapist for a sports injury?

Where can I find a good physiotherapist for a sports injury?

Functional Movement: I would recommend functionalmovement.Com and then find an expert. This is a specific type of therapist who can correct movement patterns which often are responsible for injuries. ...Read more

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How should I go about returning to athletic play after an ankle sprain? Is a brace or athletic taping better?

How should I go about returning to athletic play after an ankle sprain? Is a brace or athletic taping better?

Brace: A brace is a more secure way to protect your ankle from re-injury. Eventually taping will be ok but at the beginning it is best to have good support. Taping can be very strong, depending on who does it, but it is not as strong as a good brace. However, it depends on what athletic activity you are doing because the brace will limit your mobility more. ...Read more

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Would you be able to see an old spine injury from a fall in 2010 on a current MRI if so what would you see ?

Would you be able to see an old spine injury from a fall in 2010 on a current MRI  if so what would you see ?

Potentially: An MRI is a pretty sensitive test for the spine. It would show if you have sustained any damage to the discs, veterbrae, facet joints and ligaments of the spine in general. ...Read more

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Do i need to see the dr for a quadricep tear during sprinting?

Do i need to see the dr for a quadricep tear during sprinting?

Quad tear: See orthopedic surgeon for urgent repair if truly a complete tear. Rehab & pt can improve small tears & strains. ...Read more

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I am going to try out for the cheerleading team, I need to get a physical. What does a sports physical consist of?

I am going to try out for the cheerleading team, I need to get a physical. What does a sports physical consist of?

Depend on your schoo: this will depend on your school, the rules and guidelines they have. Usually it is a physical examination, and now some schools are doing cardiac evaluations as well. You need to find out what the guidelines are for your school district. Ask your physician and that should help. ...Read more

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I have applied in an airline as a cabin crew. Why they want to seek orthopedic evaluation and check if there is a complementart curve at lumbar area?

 I have applied in an airline as a cabin crew. Why they want to seek orthopedic evaluation and check if there is a complementart curve at lumbar area?

Don't kno what-: -complementart means, but if there is an orth needed, it may just 2 clear Ur lumbar spine, so as 2 later not 2 have a workman's comp claim on some pre-existing problem. If abnormality is noted U may not B cleared 4 the job, since it involves squatting , kneeling , pushing & pulling, as well as overhead lifting, & frequent jarring in bad weather. Also must B able 2 help lifting people in an emrgncy ...Read more

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I have a low back injury and would like to start an exercise program. What is a safe program to do?

I have a low back injury and would like to start an exercise program. What is a safe program to do?

A lot!: Lifestyle changes are important like not smoking, weight control with regular exercise. You can use medication if no contraindications, try a back support, & activity modification. If no better, then see your doctor for further evaluation and treatment. Exercise can include walking, elliptical and stairmaster machines to start and then increase it along with gentle stretching and core strength. ...Read more

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Will a college recruit a player for sports if they were born with a heart defect, but otherwise healthy? Would a cardiologist allow it?

Will a college recruit a player for sports if they were born with a heart defect, but otherwise healthy? Would a cardiologist allow it?

College recruit: If an athlete is achieving such a high level that college recruits are looking at them i would imagine the defect is more minor. The college, if they accept the student athlete is likely to do a complete history and physical. This may lead to disqualification in participating in the sport if a concerning condition is found. This would b after recruitment period though .A lawyer will advise. ...Read more

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I am a premed student at kent state university and applying to medical school soon. How do I go about setting up an appointment to shadow a physician?

Shadowing Doctors: I would advise you to find someone in your community doing the kind of work you anticipate wanting to learn or the type of doctor you want to be. Your medical school of choice or the premed department at kent state may have a list of selected doctors as well. ...Read more

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Can i see an orthopaedic surgeon on a ship regarding a broken thumb?

Can i see an orthopaedic surgeon on a ship regarding a broken thumb?

Probably not: The medical team on a ship is usually a primary care doctor and not an orthopaedic surgeon. Nonetheless the ship Doctor is usually comfortable with a broad range of problems ...Read more

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Please advise if it's okay to train for a half marathon with a sprained ligament in the knee?

Please advise if it's okay to train for a half marathon with a sprained ligament in the knee?

Yes: You can still train for a half-marathon even when injured. You should train with the mind set that you can not push yourself too hard or you may worsen/prolong any injury. Slow and steady will win the race when you train while injured. A sports medicine doctor is a wealth of knowledge for training with injuries. ...Read more

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At what point would a surgeon discharge you from care after an acl reconstruction e.g when your running again etc?

At what point would a surgeon discharge you from care after an acl reconstruction e.g when your running again etc?

9-12 months: Usually it is at least 6 months before you go back to pivoting type activities. Some will recommend longer depending on different factors including the type of graft and fixation you have as well as any other injuries that may have occurred initially. I usually follow my patients for 1 year to make sure they are back to all their activities comfortably. ...Read more

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At what point should an injured student see a sports trainer?

Before resuming play: All injuries in athletes should be evaluated by a trained health care professional prior to return to participation. As a rule of thumb, the sooner an athlete is diagnosed and treated, the sooner he/she can safely return to play. A certified athletic trainer is the qualified individual most often responsible for initial evaluation of the injured student athlete. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sport physical therapist and an athletic trainer?

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Degree and boards: A sports physical therapist is a physical therapist with a focus on sports medicine and athletics. They are typically board certified with an advanced professional degree in physical therapy. An athletic trainer can also be certified, but typically does not have an advanced professional degree. Until recently in California, seeing a physical therapist requires a prescription. ...Read more

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I dislocted my middle finger (middle joint) A sports trainer put it back into place. now I have pins and needles in the palm of my hand, is this norma?

I dislocted my middle finger (middle joint) A sports trainer put it back into place. now I have pins and needles in the palm of my hand, is this norma?

Timing of symptoms: The palm is innervated by the median and ulnar nerves. Depending on how the finger dislocation was treated (manipulation around the wrist), there may be some local nerve irritation. If the symptoms get worse you should see a neurologist. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000691.htm , http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000789.htm ...Read more

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My athletic trainer said I have a sprained ligament. Should i see md?

My athletic trainer said I have a sprained ligament. Should i see md?

Yes: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Athletic trainer diagnosed sesamoiditis, & have had 5 days off from diving since. Pain is not improving though. Should I see my doctor?

Open sesame.....: Yes. Sesamoid injuries can be somewhat problematic. X-rays of the injured area as well as x-rays of the other foot's sesamoids are often taken to compare for normal variants in the size and number of bones. The underlying metatarsal will also need to be evaluated as well as potential damage to several tendons. I suggest you have the foot evaluated by an experienced specialist sooner than later. ...Read more

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Being referred for mole removal from jaw. It is 7mm in size. What should I expect ie procedure and aftercare regard to work (fitness trainer)/sport?

Being referred for mole removal from jaw. It is 7mm in size. What should I expect ie procedure and aftercare regard to work (fitness trainer)/sport?

see answer: Assuming you have a small skin lesion, the procedure would most likely involve a local numbing procedure and excisional removal/biopsy of the site. Cauterization may be used to treat post procedure, or a suture closure depending on the area and surgeon. Assuming this is the case, local care and a band aide covering the area should not preclude any normal activity. Best wishes. ...Read more

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On top of patience, how do sports trainers make concussion symptoms go away?

On top of patience, how do sports trainers make concussion symptoms go away?

Avoid another concus: The most importnt activity for a trainer is to recognize a concussion has occurred and be sure the player is removed from the game. He should be evaluated by a physician. Using computer programs such as "impact" is an important evaluation tool. Return to sports activity should not occur until all symptoms have resolved and if impact is used, when the result of the evaluation has normalized. ...Read more

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What should i do for backpains? i injured it during sports (highjump) and it hurts time to time. i have stopped jumping but still do other sports

What should i do for backpains? i injured it during sports  (highjump) and it hurts time to time. i have stopped jumping but still do other sports

Physical therapist: At this young age, and with the possible mechanism being sports, I would recommend seeing a physical therapist on advice about how to avoid injury and practice safe sports. ...Read more

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Injured shoulder by falling off a bike 3 yrs ago. Completed pt shortly after, but still have limited range & pain during sports. Surgery required?

Injured shoulder by falling off a bike 3 yrs ago. Completed pt shortly after, but still have limited range & pain during sports. Surgery required?

Diagnosis?: Please consider seeing a shoulder specialist to arrive at a comprehensive diagnosis first. At your young age, we often see patients with chronically unstable shoulders from similar injuries. http://www.theshouldercenter.com/shoulder-specialist.htm. ...Read more

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How can I stay in shape while i'm injured and can't play sports?

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How can I stay in shape while i'm injured and can't play sports?

Try other things: Work out the unaffected parts of your body. For instance if you hurt your right shoulder, then do more with your left arm and legs and do more cardio. Also it may be time to work more on a healthy diet to help you stay in shape. Keep a positive attitude, you'll be back on the field in no time. ...Read more

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What can I do for a sports injured swollen finger?

What can I do for a sports injured swollen finger?

Swollen finger: Most finger sprains/jammed finger are treated with ice, rest and taping. If the pain is significant and swelling is significant you should have it evaluated with x-rays in an urgent care or with your pcp. ...Read more

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Are athletes with thin ribs more likely to get injured in contact sports?

Are athletes with thin ribs more likely to get injured in contact sports?

Ribs: No studies have shown that the size of the individual bones make you more susceptible to injury. The amount of calcium or strength if the bones is what matters and the relative loss of this is called osteopenia early on as you age and osteoporosis as you get older. This explains why when grandma falls she breaks her femur and when an 20 year old falls they get back up and go. ...Read more

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Hi, I injured my hand in a contact sport. Wanted to check if it’s just a muscle injury from contact or could be broken hand bones, which would need an X-ray?

Hi, I injured my hand in a contact sport. Wanted to check if it’s just a muscle injury from contact or could be broken hand bones, which would need an X-ray?

If any doubt...: ...go get checked, and get the x-ray. Sorry, but we can't examine you from here. Nor are the absences of bruising, diminished range of motion, or severe pain definitive for a non-fracture. ...Read more

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I injured my knee playing sports in the 6th grade and now my knee pops out of place it pops right back but the pain is unbearable what should I do?

I injured my knee playing sports in the 6th grade and now my knee pops out of place it pops right back but the pain is unbearable what should I do?

See Ortho or Sports: Not sure what you mean by pops out of place, whether it is the knee or the knee cap but either case may be the result of a tear or other laxity. It needs to be evaluated to determine the cause. (because of the pain, evaluate sooner rather than later.). ...Read more

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Tfcc injured from punching a bag. On a splint for 3 months, big improvement but still a sharp pain at the end of pronation. Next step?(sport medicine)

Tfcc injured from punching a bag. On a splint for 3 months, big improvement but still a sharp pain at the end of pronation. Next step?(sport medicine)

Doctor visit: It is time to see your Doctor again, and probably get an MRI study with arthrography to determine if your TFCC injury is something that will heal by itself with conservative therapy or not. If there is a significant tear, it may not heal without surgery. ...Read more

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I had ligament damage in my ankle about 3 months ago and now when ever I play sports, it swells up like it did when I injured it and is painful. Why?

I had ligament damage in my ankle about 3 months ago and now when ever I play sports, it swells up like it did when I injured it and is painful. Why?

Incomplete healing: It sounds like your ankle has not fully healed. After the injury you describes, it can take weeks or months to fully heal. You should consider rest, range of motion exercises, and splinting - especially during activities that require side-to-side motion. If these do not work, formal consultation with an orthopedist or physical therapist may be helpful. Remember: you have a high risk of re-injury! ...Read more

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How do sports fitness trainers treat lumbar sciatica?

How do sports fitness trainers treat lumbar sciatica?

Varies: There is probably some variation among trainers, but most would likely work on aerobic fitness, flexibility and core strengthening exercises. She or he may also adjust the program depending on how acute and severe the pain is, your age, your fitness, your tolerance to new exercise. ...Read more

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