Sports Injuries

Matthew J. Harrison, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Lower Extremity Specialist located in Santa Barbara, CA & Solvang, CA

The Central Coast provides for year-round recreation. Here, sports-related injuries are quite common. Matthew J. Harrison, MD, treats all sports-related injuries of the foot and ankle. He creates custom treatment plans for sprains, strains, dislocations, and other common injuries to get you on the road to healing and back to the game you love. Find out more about services for sports injuries by calling the office in Santa Barbara, California, or scheduling an appointment online today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are the most common sports injuries?

Some of the most common sports-related injuries include:

  • Foot and ankle fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Knee injuries
  • Swollen muscles
  • Ankle sprains
  • Ankle instability
  • Achilles tendon disorders
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Achilles tendon tear or rupture
  • Muscle sprains

What should I do if I get injured while playing sports?

As soon as you realize you’ve been injured, either due to pain or mobility issues, you should take yourself out of the game. Continuing to play with an existing injury can lead to permanent damage and other health complications.

This is especially true with an ankle sprain. Continuing to play with a sprained ankle may worsen the condition or increase your risk of developing chronic ankle instability. 

With chronic ankle instability, your ankle may give way when walking or engaged in other activities.

For muscle, tendon, or ligament injuries, you can reduce swelling and pain using ice therapy. You should seek emergency room treatment for fractured or broken bones.

If pain or swelling is intense, you should schedule an evaluation with Dr. Harrison as soon as possible for an accurate diagnosis. 

How are sports injuries diagnosed?

As an expert musculoskeletal physician, Dr. Harrison specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sports-related injuries. He reviews your activities at the time of injury and the symptoms you’re experiencing.

Using one or more in-office diagnostics, such as X-rays, ultrasound, or 3D CT imaging, Dr. Harrison can identify the root cause of your pain.

From this information, he makes a custom treatment plan to restore your active lifestyle.

What treatments are available for sports injuries?

The vast majority of injuries can be treated effectively with non-surgical methods such as bracing, physical therapy, and medication. Surgery s considered only when conservative care fails.

Depending on the nature of your injury, Dr. Harrison may recommend continuing ice therapy for several days to control swelling and pain. You may also benefit from a compression bandage to reduce swelling. Elevating the area above your heart is also an effective way to reduce swelling and pain and promote healing.

Find out more about sports injury services available by calling Dr. Harrison or scheduling an appointment online today.