So how can you know when it is time to see a doctor about your sports medicine should injuries?
Some people come to see me when the injury is fresh, and others come to see me because they are dealing with the long term effects that a prior sports injury has taken on their shoulder.
Because sports injuries tend to be more traumatic in nature, I recommend early evaluation and diagnosis. This helps prevent a delay of treatment and long term complications associated with undiagnosed injuries.
For those who sustained a sports injury when they were younger and are now having trouble, I would advise them to seek care if the following occurs:
Does pain or discomfort from the injury wake you up at night?
Are you able to perform your usual hobbies and work activities without pain?
If you answer yes to either of those questions, it’s a pretty good indication that it is time to have things looked at by a shoulder specialist.