Sports medicine isn’t just for professional athletes or high school quarterbacks. Weekend warriors and casual exercise enthusiasts who experience pain during workouts or distress while training should take advantage of the knowledge and techniques sports-med docs use for diagnosing, treating and preventing fitness-related injuries.

You’ve likely heard that you should “push through the pain when exercising or competing, but that’s rarely a good idea. It often leads to more damage. Check out some of these at-home-remedies Dr. Joseph shares with his patients:

Treating Sports Injuries at Home

Inflammation from injuries often causes pain. Dr. Joseph recommends the RICE method, (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), to reduce pain and swelling. Apply ice to reduce swelling, then use a wrap bandage to keep the area from moving too much. Elevate the injured area to further reduce swelling.

If you think you’ve broken a bone or there is excessive bleeding or you continue having great pain after five days of home treatments, you should see a doctor. If you experience extreme bruising, swelling, deformity (such as bone dislocation), inability to place weight on an area, or sharp pain, you should see a doctor.

Common Sports Injuries

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Runner’s knee
  • Ankle sprain
  • Groin pull
  • Hamstring strain
  • Shin splints
  • Knee injury: ACL tear
  • Knee injury: Patellofemoral syndrome — injury resulting from the repetitive movement of your kneecap against your thigh bone.
  • Tennis elbow (epicondylitis)

Dr. Tony Joseph has been certified in sports medicine and family practice since 1990. He has sports medicine experience at the high school, college and professional levels, and served as the team physician for Idaho State University for 18 years. Dr. Joseph is the only member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine currently practicing in Southeast Idaho. He is also a member of the North American Spine Society since 2006 and the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine since 2008. Dr. Tony Joseph is certified in sports medicine and family practice since 1990. He has sports medicine experience at the high school, college and professional levels, and has been the team physician for Idaho State University for 18 years.

Dr. Joseph uses ultrasound as an aid in diagnosis and as a guide for non-surgical treatment. It is also used in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, tennis elbow, other tendon problems and plantar fasciitis. Dr. Joseph is an expert in Tenex, a groundbreaking treatment for the relief of tendon and soft tissue related pain. This treatment enables him to treat patients earlier in the pain process and with quicker recovery than with other alternatives such as traditional open surgery. For additional information regarding Tenex Health Tx Essentials visit their website at Tenex Health. In addition, Dr. Joseph also specializes in Manos CTR a minimal invasive Carpal Tunnel Release System. Information regarding this latest advancement in carpal tunnel release technology can be found at the Manos CTR website. Dr. Joseph is part of Pocatello Orthopaedics, conveniently located at 2240 E Center St, Pocatello, ID 83201 Call for an appointment today at 208-233-2100.