Can Common Sports Injuries Come Back to Haunt You?

September 19, 2022 – 2 min read

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Can Common Sports Injuries Come Back to Haunt You?

Whether you were a varsity athlete or are an occasional jogger, any number of common sports injuries acquired in your youth can recur later in life.

Young and older athletes and active adults can all develop further knee, ankle, or back problems years after an injury, often due to osteoarthritis and often following an injury from overuse or a contact sport. If you’re dealing with nagging pain from a chronic injury, diagnostic imaging from American Health Imaging could be a crucial step to defining the appropriate treatment plan.

Common sports injuries that need imaging

If you’re not in the shape you once were and are just starting to get back to a fitness regimen, you might find yourself dealing with minor injuries like strains or shin splints. However, if you’ve been exercising on a regular basis and are still experiencing ongoing pain, you could be dealing with one or more of the following types of sports injuries:

  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Post-traumatic arthritis from a past broken bone or joint injury
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Runner’s knee or other knee injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Stress fractures
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis elbow

Symptoms of chronic common sports injuries

The most common symptoms of chronic sports injuries usually include pain, along with a combination of problems, such as:

  • Not being able to move a joint or limb as usual
  • Pain when you exercise that goes away or isn’t as bad when you rest
  • Stiffness
  • Sudden sharp pain
  • Swelling
  • Weakness in the affected area

To properly diagnose your injury, your doctor may recommend imaging—including MRI and CT scans, X-rays, and other scans—to see any possible damage.

Why choose American Health Imaging?

At American Health Imaging, it’s easy to get an appointment for advanced imaging such as an arthrogram, CT scan, or ultrasound. We offer wide-bore and open MRI to accommodate bodies of all sizes. With over 45 convenient locations, we make it easy to get in and out of your appointment at a time that’s convenient for you, and our costs are up to 60% less than hospitals, so even if you don’t have insurance or haven’t met your deductible, you won’t be stuck with huge bills.

If you need imaging to diagnose a lingering sports injury, American Health Imaging is here. Make an appointment today.