Getting Back to Your Sport After a Sprain

Staying active provides many benefits to your physical and mental health, but participating in sports can also increase your risks of sprains and other injuries. If you’ve sprained an ankle or wrist, or suffered a back sprain, it’s important to rest and heal.

How do you know when it’s safe to return to your sport? If you take too much time off, after all, you risk falling out of peak condition and losing your competitive edge.

The sports medicine experts at the Center for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, led by Dr. Michael L. Blackwell, can advise you on the best plan to re-engage with your sport, including how long you should rest. We can also suggest strategies to prevent further injury or reinjury after a sprain.

Here’s what we want our new and existing patients from around the Tomball and Kingwood, Texas, areas to know about getting back to sports after a sprain.

Planning your return

When you experience a sprain, you need to seek prompt care and treatment. In addition to rest, you might need splinting, bracing, icing, or even surgical treatment. 

The team at the Center for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine can diagnose your sprain and recommend the right treatment options to support the healing process.

As you continue to heal, take time to plan out your return to your sport. When you’re prepared, you’re better able to respond to your pain levels and physical needs. You may be able to use alternate forms of movement, like swimming, cycling, or weight training, to stay in condition while your sprain heals.

Within a few days or weeks, the symptoms of your sprain should resolve. When you have little to no pain remaining and can use the affected limb with a full range of motion, it’s generally safe to return to your sport

Talk to your provider at the Center for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine about how long you should wait before returning to full physical activity.

Taking it slow

As you return to your sport, pay attention to your activity levels, and avoid putting too much strain on your still-healing injury. It’s easier to suffer from another sprain after you’ve had one, so it’s important to take care to prevent further issues.

Strong muscles support your joints and tendons, protecting you from sprains and strains. Increasing your core strength is a great way to guard against re-injury. You might benefit from a targeted exercise plan to rebuild strength and endurance after recovering from an injury, including physical therapy.

When you’re ready to get back to athletic activity, make sure to warm up with stretches and easy movements like walking before you start more intensive practice. For the first few weeks after your recovery, start with lighter-intensity activity and then wait a day to see how your pain levels change before you commit to more.

The team at the Center for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine backs you all the way through the process of healing from a sprain and resuming activity in your sport. You can schedule a consultation with our experts by calling now, or book online with our convenient scheduling tool.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Bone Support Tips for Athletes

Do you know how to support your bones for maximum athletic performance and long-term health? Take a moment to learn helpful tips for athletes who want to do more to protect and enhance bone health.

Are ACLs Game-Ending Injuries?

Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) at the front of your knee are an all-too-real risk if you’re an athlete. If you’ve injured your ACL, what’s the outlook for your athletic career? An ACL injury doesn’t have to sideline you for good.

What All Female Athletes Should Know About Knee Injuries

Did you know that female athletes typically are at a higher risk of knee injuries than their male counterparts? Whether that’s you or someone in your world, take a moment to learn more about that heightened risk, and how you can protect yourself.

Things You Can Do to Avoid an ACL Tear

Tears in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in your knee are common, especially among athletes, and women have a higher risk of ACL tears than men. Take a moment to learn more about the steps you can take to support your ACL and avoid injuries.

Common Wrist Problems

Are you having problems with a wrist, such as pain or numbness? Take a moment to learn more about the most common causes of wrist issues, and what you can do to resolve your symptoms.

Am I Too Old for ACL Surgery?

It’s one thing to suffer ACL damage to one of your knees while you’re young, but what if you’re over 40? Take a moment to learn more about treatment options for ACL injuries in older patients, including your surgical options and risks.