Nonsurgical Treatments for Sports Injuries
Nonsurgical therapies for sports-related injuries range from at-home strategies (such as resting, icing, and activity modification) to injections that can be performed in the doctor’s office. Depending on the condition, our sports medicine specialists offer nonsurgical options that include following.
Injection therapies: Our physicians provide in-office injection therapies for a range of conditions, from golfer’s elbow to arthritis:
- Cortisone/corticosteroid injections: An effective anti-inflammatory medicine, cortisone can be used to decrease pain. Often given in the joints, cortisone injections can take 5-7 days to provide relief and are sometimes administered with a local anesthetic.
- PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections: This injection therapy takes advantage of the blood’s healing component--platelets. For this therapy, blood is drawn from a patient then put through a process called centrifugation which allows the separation of a high concentration of platelets. The preparation is then injected into the site of the injury, where the concentrated amount of growth factors can potentially speed the healing process.
- Viscosupplementation injections: This treatment for arthritis involves injecting hyaluronic acid (a natural substance found in joint fluid) into an injured joint to improve lubrication, and may help to relieve pain.
Anti-inflammatory medications: Medications that work to decrease pain and swelling include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen.
Physical therapy and rehabilitation: Physical therapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions. Mount Sinai’s rehabilitation programs provide personalized treatment plans for both inpatients and outpatients.