SPORTS INJURIES AND CONCUSSIONS

There are so many things to do in this great city.  Winter sports are what the rest of the country thinks of when they picture Colorado, but those of us who live here know the summer has even more to do!  Skiing, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, team sports, and kid sports, among others, all carry a risk.  As ER doctors we are trained to treat these injuries and, as active people ourselves, we are motivated to get you back to enjoying your day as quickly as possible!

COMMON SPORTS INJURIES

Injuries to bones, joints and all the soft tissues around them are common.  With the more extreme sports and cycling seen with our mountains and in this “City of Champions”  the list of injuries is almost endless, but briefly, can include:

  • abrasions/road rash
  • broken bones (fractures)
  • back pain and injury
  • blisters
  • concussions
  • contusions
  • dehydration
  • dislocations
  • joint injures
  • lacerations
  • puncture wounds
  • rhabdomyolysis
  • sprains/strains
  • sunburn

SEVERE SYMPTOMS?

We’re available Sunday-Thursday, 10AM-10PM and Friday-Saturday 11AM-11PM

EVALUATION FOR BONE, JOINT OR EXTREMITY INJURY

Once a complete history and physical is obtained we are able to determine what further evaluation or imaging is required.  Bone or joint pain after a trauma or sports injury is evaluated with x-ray.  Most often we can obtain the information needed to diagnose and treat your injury and obtain the appropriate follow up from x-rays.  Occasionally a more severe injury will require CT images to diagnose your injury more accurately and provide detailed information for the specialist.  Occasionally we need to straighten a break or put a joint back in place which we can do comfortably with sedating a patient enough that they breathe on their own, but have no memory of the procedure.  WE will often immobilize the injured area with a variety of splinting techniques and provide appropriate pain control and recommend a plan for follow-up.

HEAD INJURIES

Head injuries, also called concussions, are also common injuries in all age groups.  Concussions can be mild to quite severe.  Any head injury that results in abnormal behavior, loss of consciousness, persistent nausea and vomiting, repetitive questions or any other concerns should prompt a visit to a health care provider.

SEVERE SYMPTOMS?

We’re available Sunday-Thursday, 10AM-10PM and Friday-Saturday 11AM-11PM

TYPICAL EVALUATION FOR HEAD INJURIES

A complete history and physical with additional information from bystanders is critical to understanding the severity of a head injury and allow us to determine further care.

Imaging is not always indicated in head injuries, however, when deemed necessary CT scan is the appropriate study.  If you require a CT scan this can be rapidly completed here and read by our team of board-certified radiologists.  There are serious injuries resulting from head trauma which require admission to a hospital and evaluation by a neurosurgeon.  If we find evidence of such we will contact the specialists and arrange admission to the appropriate hospital.


If you are experiencing symptoms of concussion or you have a head injury and you can safely come to ER Specialists, we would love to help you.  If you are alone or have any doubt about getting to our facility safely, or, believe you are experiencing a medical emergency please call 911. 

CALL WITH SPORTS AND HEAD INJURY QUESTIONS

(719) 522-2727

Our staff is ready for you Sunday-Thursday from 10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. and Friday and Saturday 11:00 A.M.- 11:00 P.M.

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