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Sports Injuries

 graphics showing knee painWhile more prevalent among teens and adolescents, sports injuries can occur at any age. Affecting both professional and amateur athletes equally, sports-related injuries can range from minor aches to near-debilitating painful conditions. The term “sports injury” is so broad in terms of the possible source of the pain and potential treatment that any lingering discomfort shouldn’t be ignored if you hope to get back into the game as soon as possible.


Sports injuries are often caused by repetitive use injuries from strain placed on the same group of muscles, as can be the case with sports such as golf, tennis, and baseball. Such injuries often placed added strain on muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Some sports injuries result from sudden trauma or when muscles, joints, or bones are twisted or turned in unnatural positions. Failing to do a proper warm-up or not getting sufficient exercise between activities can also contribute to injuries. Common sports-related injuries include:

  • Ankle sprains and shin splints
  • Hamstring strains
  • Knee injuries, including ACL tears
  • Tennis elbow


Pain associated with a sports injury is typically relegated to the area where the injury occurred, although this isn’t always the case. If an injury results in inflammation that places pressure on nerves, pain may radiate elsewhere. For instance, a blow to the lower back may result in nerve pain felt in the legs due to pressure on the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body that goes from the lower back to the legs. Additional symptoms associated with sports-related injuries may include:

  • Sharp, severe pain relegated to one area
  • Dull, persistent aches and pains
  • Pain felt in adjacent areas
  • Discomfort affected by movement


 graphics showing foot painTreatment for a sports injury often includes targeted rehabilitation that focuses specifically on the affected area or muscle group. The initial step necessary for any type of treatment is an attempt at making an accurate diagnosis, which typically includes x-rays and other image tests to pinpoint the true source of the pain. The diagnostic process will also include a physical exam and an evaluation of your medical history. since preexisting conditions or previous sports injuries that may not have healed properly can contribute to pain felt from a recent injury. Treatment for a sports injury may also include one or more of the following remedies:

  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Acupuncture
  • Medication management
  • Customized pain management

Every situation is unique with any type of injury. Diagnosing and treating sports injuries early, however, increases the odds that you’ll respond well to pain management techniques. It’s just as important to make an effort to prevent future sports-related injuries or re-injuries with proper warm-ups and the use of appropriate, well-fitting protective equipment, especially with contact sports. If you experience unexpected pain or a hard fall, take a timeout. If the discomfort is severe, doesn’t go away after initial rest and the application of ice or heat, or becomes progressively worse, seek treatment.

If you have a sports injury that is causing chronic pain, contact Allied Pain & Spine Institute today to schedule an appointment.

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Michelle T.

I fly in to see Dr. Petros from Southern California.  I wouldn't do so if he wasn't the best there is.  He is compassionate and has always treated me kindly. I can tell he is sincere in the way he talks to me and is diligently looking for solutions that work best with me and my chronic pain needs.  Very out of the box approach, which I appreciate these days!  I would truly recommend Dr. Petros to anyone looking for a Dr. that not only cares about you as a patient but has the confidence and skill set to get results! His office staff is friendly and caring too.  Allied Pain and Spine Institute is the Gold Standard in pain care in my humble opinion!! When I find a doctor that understands the issue and always goes above and beyond to help me, I do what I can to continue seeing them. I am so glad I found this office!!

Louise W.

Dr Petros is amazing!  When he uses a needle his aim is "right on".  He is also very personable, an altogether great guy.  I always find my visits to him to be very informative. I have had both sides of my degenerated back injected (epidural shots) with complete success.  He allows me to have no sedative, which is cool because his jokes and stories in the operating room are really good.  He greatly enjoys his work, and enjoys the difficult challenges of getting a needle into the right place in my back.  My arthritic knee is perhaps more straight-forward, but other doctors have failed to give me pain relief.  Dr Petros studies the structure with ultrasound before injecting it.  The result - instant relief! On my recent visit for a broken back (ski accident) the doctor and staff were very accommodating to help me make a dinner engagement shortly after my appointment.  This is definitely a five-star operation!

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Wow, wonderful doctor!!! I avoid all the doctors like the plague...seriously it makes my blood pressure go up when I have to go but I chose Dr. Vaidya. My friend referred him to me, he's simply the best... TOP NOTCH!!! He turned out to be a breath of fresh air. Dr. Vaidya really stands out head and shoulders above everyone else. I usually don't write reviews but he's so outstanding that I really wanted to do it for him. He's the most honest and caring doctor I have met.  He listens and gives you full attention and committed to find the best individual solution for you. He always goes out of his way to get you the most appropriate treatment and he will make it happen. He's very knowledgeable in his field. He's very professional, friendly, personable and definitely easy to talk to. His integrity is very valuable. He's one of the sharpest and most driven individuals you will ever meet.

Keith M.

Simply the best doctors and staff in the area. I've fought back and neck pain for over 30 years, and Dr. Petros and his team have kept me from the operating table and able to enjoy my life. I've had injections, acupuncture, as well as back braces. He listens to my concerns, cares very deeply for my pain and discomfort, and has successfully treated everything from stenosis, pinched nerves, herniated disks, and even helped me with the symptoms from shingles and lung disease. I couldn't be happier with the care he has given me over the years.

Kaitlin Z.

Dr. Vaidya has changed my life. I am in my late 20s with chronic pain and nothing had worked until I came here. All services here are wonderful and the staff is absolutely amazing. I can't recommend enough!!

Tracy B.

I have been a patient of Dr. Vaidya for a few years after not getting what I needed from other spine and pain doctors. I was looking for a doctor who would think outside the box and come up with some other ways to treat my growing amount of pain. Between Dr. Petros and Dr. Vaidya, they have brought me to a place where my pain is better managed. And let's just talk about bedside manners! I have never met doctors in the past 23 years of this back journey of mine that has as amazing bedside manners as these guys. I have cried and laughed with the team at Allied Spine. The way that I am always greeted and promptly cared for is bar none! The front office staff, and especially Nas, has been a God sent. I would never go anywhere else.

Justin P.

I am a new patient of DR Petros and my experience was great for my first two visits so far. He really takes time to listen to your issues and provides thorough answers and treatment options. The front desk staff are all very nice and respond in a timely manner to requests. Highly recommended all around!

Lisa A.

I have seen Dr. Vaidya for about 2 years. He is an amazing doctor.the attention and care you receive is well over 5 stars. He knows who I am by my face, he knows my health history with out looking in my chart, he remembers conversations we have had at previous appointments. He truly cares for his patients. I will be moving our of state, and will travel back here each month to see doctor Vaidya. I lost my insurance over a year ago and pay out of pocket to see the doctor, it is worth every penny to be treated with respect, as a person and with care. I love all the staff and feel like I am visiting family when I come in for my appointments.

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