Little League, Not So Little Injuries

Little League, Not So Little Injuries | Mend Clinic Urgent Care, Salem

Little League, Not So Little Injuries

What better way to spend summer vacation than joining a summer little league or practicing for the upcoming school year’s big games? Unfortunately, sports and injuries go hand in hand no matter how safe the circumstances may be. Mend Clinic is Salem, OR’s ER alternative, open seven days per week to treat your little athletes-in-training. We are in the midst of summer sports camps and little league tournaments, so it’s no surprise that there’s been an influx of athletic injuries.

One of the most common athletic injuries for players of all ages is sprains. When a ligament gets over-stretched or torn, a sprain occurs. Ligaments are strong, fibrous tissues that connect muscle to bone. They are a little more common than a strain, which is a similar injury that occurs in the muscle.

Depending on the severity of the sprain, a player may be benched for several weeks. Most treatments can easily be done at home, such as applying ice. However, it’s important to have the injury diagnosed and assessed by an orthopedic specialist to be certain that it is a sprain.

Another common injury amongst athletes is fractures. Broken bones are unfortunately part of the game sometimes. Small bones are at a higher risk of being broken. There are also various degrees of breaks, from a hairline fracture in the toe that might not even be noticeable to a serious open fracture where the bone pierces the skin. Symptoms of broken bones vary drastically, but minor breaks can often be treated at urgent care.

Lacerations can also occur as a type of sports injury. Any type of cut to the skin should be taken seriously because open wounds leave a person vulnerable to infection. Whether the cut was caused by a boxing match, finger getting sliced while carrying equipment, or any other circumstance, prompt treatment is the best way to ensure the player quickly returns to the game.

Contact Mend Clinic If You Have a Laceration, Fracture, or Sprain

Don’t let a sports injury ruin your summer plans. Call Mend Clinic at 971-204-8410 and schedule an appointment to be seen even faster than walk-ins, or simply stop by Mend Clinic any day of the week for your little one to be seen by an orthopedic specialist.