Sports injuries are common among athletes and those who train intensively because of the intense physical demands during training and when competing. You can sustain minor strains and sprains or severe injuries depending on your sporting activity. Even common injuries significantly affect your performance. Fortunately, modern technologies in sports medicine have improved injury treatment. The following technologies have changed sports injury treatment:
1. Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative medicine is a groundbreaking approach to sports injury treatment. This new treatment approach offers innovative solutions that accelerate tissue repair and healing. Regenerative medicine uses the body’s natural healing process to promote regeneration of damaged body tissues.
One popular technique used by sports medicine is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy. Modern centrifuge machines from Selphyl and other manufacturers allow for the removal of patients’ blood for extraction of growth factors and bioactive molecules. Extracted concentrated platelets are then injected into the injured area to promote tissue repair.
Stem cell therapy is another popular invention in regenerative medicine. Stem cells have an unmatched ability to differentiate from other cells, making them valuable for tissue repair. More innovations in regenerative medicine will result in better treatment options for injured sports personnel.
2. Cryotherapy and Cold Compression
Cold compression has long been used as an alternative treatment option for injuries. However, coupled with cryotherapy, cold compression is currently used to alleviate pain and promote healing. Cold therapy constricts blood vessels in the injured area, decreasing blood flow and accumulating inflammatory compounds.
With cryotherapy, healthcare professionals expose the injured area to cold temperatures using ice packs, ice baths, and cryotherapy chambers. The freezing temperatures trigger body responses that release endorphins that relieve pain. Both procedures can be used for treating acute and chronic sports injuries. They also promote recovery after intense training sessions.
3. Pain Management Techniques
Pain management has evolved significantly in modern sports medicine. Modern pain management techniques used by sports medics include:
- Acupuncture: This traditional practice helps stimulate the body’s natural pain relief mechanisms and promotes blood flow to the injured area.
- Heat and cold therapy: Applying heat or cold to the injured area helps reduce pain and inflammation on the injured site. Heat increases blood flow, while cold constricts blood vessels, numbing the area.
- Manual therapy: Massage, chiropractic adjustments, myofascial release, and other manual therapy techniques help improve joint mobility and pain.
- Dry needling: Like acupuncture, dry needling professionals insert needles that trigger tight muscle knots to improve blood circulation and release tension.
4. Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive therapies have revolutionized sports injury treatment. Unlike traditional surgeries, athletes can recover faster, suffer less tissue damage, and with minimal scarring. Minimally invasive surgeries use specialized equipment to perform incisions guided by laparoscopy.
Modern technologies in sports medicine have shortened healing time and promoted athletes’ overall well-being. However, the best treatment for your injury depends on several factors, especially the type and severity of the injury. Medical professionals also consider your general health and preferences before recommending a treatment approach.