If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your hand, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. While many hand injuries can be treated at home, others may require the expertise of a sports medicine doctor. In this blog post, we will discuss three signs that indicate you should see a sports medicine doctor about your hand injury.
Sports medicine doctors are medical professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries related to sports and physical activity. They are often able to provide comprehensive care for athletes of all levels, from recreational to professional.
If you’re unsure whether or not you should see a sports medicine doctor for your hand injury, consider the following three signs:
You’re experiencing severe pain: If you’re in significant pain or your hand is swollen, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. Sports medicine doctors can provide relief through a variety of methods, including medication, icing, and immobilization.
Your hand injury is preventing you from participating in activities: If your hand injury is limiting your ability to participate in work, school, or other activities, it’s time to see a sports medicine doctor. They can assess the severity of your injury and create a treatment plan that will help you get back to your normal routine.
Your hand injury is not improving: If you’re doing everything you can at home to treat your hand injury but it’s not getting any better, it may be time to seek professional help. Sports medicine doctors have access to sophisticated treatments that can speed up the healing process.
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s important to see a sports medicine doctor right away:
These are just a few of the signs that indicate you should seek medical attention for your hand injury. If you’re unsure whether or not you need to see a sports medicine doctor, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and make an appointment. Sports medicine doctors are experts in diagnosing and treating injuries, so they will be able to provide you with the care you need to get back to your normal life.
Dr. Chen sees patients at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Center for Sports Medicine in Walnut Creek, California. He is a board-certified Pediatrician and Sports Medicine Doctor that specializes in the non-operative medical treatment of a wide variety of various musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Chen graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine and went on to complete Pediatric residency training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey (Rutgers), then went on to fellowship training in Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, one of the perennially top ranked children’s hospitals in the nation. There he provided sideline coverage for NCAA Division I athletics at the University of Cincinnati and Miami University (OH). Since graduating, Dr. Chen has continued his love of sports coverage by volunteering for the San Francisco Marathon, the San Francisco Giant Race, and as the team physician for Northgate High School in Walnut Creek. Being a part of The Center for Sports Medicine allows Dr. Chen quick access to a multidisciplinary team of orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, physiatrists, and physical therapists to return you to your highest functional level quickly and safely. Click here to contact us for your next appointment!