Breaking news: The first 80 degree day has arrived in NYC! It’s time to get out to the parks to play Frisbee, softball and soccer. It’s also time to know where to go when that sports-related injury occurs. Skip the emergency room and all the waiting and drama it includes and head over to your friendly neighborhood urgent care clinic for the best care possible.
Sports-related injuries are the plague of the public park. Simply put, a sports-related injury is an injury that occurs to athletes due to an overuse of one particular part of the body. There are several very common ones. These include runner’s knee, tennis elbow, and several other repetitive stress injuries. NYC is chock full of parks, baseball leagues, tennis courts and basketball courts and thus a healthy breeding ground for many of these maladies.
Other types of sports-related injuries include broken bones, torn ligaments, and the plain ol’ “Ah! I ran into something hard”-type injury. Unlike a professional sports team that has a doctor on staff to take care of these unfortunate incidents as they occur, you are left deciding yourself what type of help you will receive. Many of us have ditched the traditional emergency room visit for a host of reasons and have instead started visiting a walk in clinic of our choosing. It has become the sane alternative in a hectic industry.
Let’s take a look at a common sports-related injury that can be treated at a walk in clinic. You do not have to play tennis to come down with tennis elbow. The first description of the condition was in 1873, but the term “tennis elbow” wasn’t used until ten years later in a no-doubt startlingly interesting paper called “Lawn-Tennis Elbow”. It is a condition wherein the outer part of the elbow becomes tender and sore. This happens because of overuse of the common extensor tendon.
Symptoms include pain on the outer portion of the elbow, pain in the elbow and wrist when a first is made, and morning stiffness. A diagnosis can be made at a walk in clinic through one of many tests which may include an x-ray. A professional diagnosis should be made to differentiate between tennis elbow and other common problems of the joints such as arthritis or inflammation.
Once again, only a doctor can make the proper diagnosis. Treatment may include physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, heat or ice and/or a brace of some sort. Problems may arise when the inflicted individual decides to diagnose and treat a serious problem such as tennis elbow by themselves. Common sense is a definite plus in life, but sometimes medical treatment includes things that would seem counter-intuitive to the non-professional. It is always best to see a doctor when problems arise.
For those of us residing in NYC, there is a board-certified walk in clinic located just two blocks from Grand Central Station and easily accessible by all mass transit. Simply log onto Walk In Clinic NYC website for more information or just dial 1-212-696-5900 to speak to a person and ask further questions. It’s important to take care of these injuries as they arise so that you can get out there on that court or field and play to your heart’s content. Summertime is not for sittin’ inside.