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Don't Play Through the Pain: The Risks of Ignoring A Sports Injury

Updated: May 22


a woman holding her back in pain after a workout

In the heat of competition, it's easy to downplay a sports injury. A little pain might seem insignificant compared to the drive to achieve personal bests or keep the advantage over the opposing team. However, ignoring a sports injury can be a risky decision, turning a minor issue into a major problem. IEP Urgent Care has seven locations in Metro Detroit ready to treat your sports injury before it becomes worse.


The Ripple Effect of Neglecting a Sports Injury


When you choose to play through pain, you risk worsening the injury. What starts as a simple strain or sprain can quickly develop into a chronic condition, requiring more intensive treatment and a longer recovery period.


Compounding Injuries


Ignoring an injury can also lead to compensatory injuries. When one part of the body is injured, you might unconsciously alter your movement patterns to avoid pain. This can put undue stress on other muscles, joints, and ligaments, leading to new injuries. For example, an untreated knee injury might cause you to shift your weight, potentially leading to hip or lower back problems.


Long-term Consequences


Chronic injuries can have long-lasting effects, impacting your ability to participate in sports and daily activities. Persistent pain and reduced mobility are common consequences, which can diminish your quality of life. Furthermore, untreated injuries might lead to early onset arthritis or other degenerative conditions, forcing you to quit the sports you love prematurely.


The Importance of Early Intervention


Early intervention is crucial. As soon as you notice an injury, it's essential to rest, apply ice, compress the area, and elevate it (the R.I.C.E. method). The providers at IEP Urgent Care are here to help if you’ve had a sports injury: we’ve got on-site digital X-rays, and can treat sprains, fractures, bruises, and cuts, with no appointment necessary. This proactive approach can prevent minor injuries from escalating and ensure a quicker, more effective recovery.

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