With days that are longer and warmer comes the perfect time to enjoy the weather and be active outside in our borderland city.  Unfortunately sometimes being active and playing sports can result in an injury, it’s important to know when it’s time to visit the doctor. The most common sports injuries include:

Ankle Sprain:

An ankle sprain is a very common injury that happens when the ligaments of the ankle is partially or completely torn, usually causing a popping sound at the time of the injury, swelling, and an inability to put weight on it. Most sprains are mild and heal within a few days, however if pain gets worse It is important to visit your doctor. He/she may order an MRI to view more closely the ligaments in your ankle. At Southwest X-Ray we carry an Oasis 1.2 Tesla Open MRI system that sets a high standard for patient-centric care and it’s the only one of it’s kind in El Paso. The open design of this MRI machine allows patients to receive a high quality exam faster and in a more comfortable, open environment compared to traditional MRI machines.

Broken Bones:

A wrong landing or a hit of a ball can cause a broken bone. Symptoms of a broken bone include pain that gets worse when the area is moved or pressure is applied. If you suspect a broken bone, you should visit your doctor as quickly as possible or visit Southwest X-Rays for an X-ray to diagnose a broken bone in a professional and safe environment.

ACL Tear:

The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) helps control the movement of the knee. An ACL damage is most likely to occur when changing direction, stopping suddenly, or landing from a jump incorrectly. An ACL tear can range from Grade 1, which is mild, to a Grade 3, which is a complete tear of the ligament. Symptoms include pain and swelling. Most ACL tears can be diagnosed with an physical examination, however an MRI will give a much more detailed picture of the ligaments in the knee and an x-ray is recommended to rule out any bone fracture. If you suspect a torn ACL, you should visit your doctor right away.

Shin Splints

A common injury of when someone recently changed or intensified their workouts is a shin splints, which is the inflammation of the muscles, tendons and bone tissue around the tibia. Most shin splints will heal when just rest and ice but if the pain persists, you should visit your doctor, for a CT scan which can diagnose something more serious like a stress fracture or tendonitis.

Tennis Elbow

A tennis elbow is the overuse of the arm, forearm, and hand muscles. Surprisingly, 90% of people affected by tennis elbow don’t play tennis. Symptoms include pain or a burning sensation in the elbow and weak grip strength. This injury tends to happen slowly over time rather than with sharp, sudden pain. If you think you may have tennis elbow, visit your doctor. X-rays should be taken to rule out arthritis or an MRI may be ordered to identify a cervical spine injury that could be the cause of arm pain

Diagnostic testing includes methods which help doctors to identify specific injuries; common examples of these tests include x-rays, CT scans, ultrasound and MRI scans. Make sure to stretch properly and warm up muscles to avoid any injury, however Southwest X-Ray offers advanced technology to diagnose injuries. With most common injuries, rest, ice and compression will help. If your symptoms persist or your pain is more severe, check with your doctor and remember that Southwest X-Ray’s team of experts is waiting to help. Contact Southwest X-Ray to Book an appointment.