When it comes to sports and physically working out, there has been a long-standing mantra of “No pain, no gain!” There is some truth behind this mantra, the purpose is to encourage pushing to the point of increased heart rate and stretching to extremes to increase endurance and build muscle. However, there is a fine line between pain that comes from pushing to extremes, and pain that comes from irritating injuries. When you continue to re-irritate injuries, you cause chronic pain leading to loss of mobility and strength.

Colleges that understand this truth take proactive steps to partner with entities like Pain Stop Clinics to address player injuries and prevent increased injury loss time. A partnership with Pain Stop Clinics keeps players in top physical shape preventing further injuries, shortening injury loss times, and ensuring top performance conditions. The experts at Pain Stop Clinics focus on helping players to address the underlying cause of their injuries, treat the injury through a variety of methods, and increase mobility and strength to prevent further injury.

Torn ligaments and tendons need to be properly treated to ensure that they heal correctly, or the player can be dealing with lifelong chronic pain. With proper treatment, most injuries can be resolved, and the player can return stronger than ever, but it takes experts like the pain management doctors at Pain Stop Clinics to properly diagnose and treat those injuries. The biggest mistake that players can make is to use opioids to mask the pain and keep playing without properly treating the cause of the pain. Players need to remember, it is not just their immediate future that is at risk when they do not properly identify and manage acute and chronic pain, their long-term health could be at risk if they ignore their symptoms.

The problem of athletes using opioids to treat their pain is far-reaching. Twenty-five percent of college age athletes report using prescription opioids over a one-year period. Another twenty-five percent report using opioids without a prescription. These young athletes will do anything to mask their pain and continue playing without considering the long-term health ramifications. There is an obligation on the part of the colleges to ensure these athletes are properly treating their injuries and protecting their health.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, athletes are at much higher risk of opioid misuse than non-athletes. In fact, male athletes participating in organized sports are 10 times more likely to unintentionally misuse opioids and twice as likely to be prescribed opioids. These same male athletes are 4 times more likely to use opioids recreationally. Colleges must help these athletes understand there are better ways to address their pain. With proper treatment from pain expert doctors, such as those at Pain Stop Clinics, they can resolve their pain through a variety of treatment options and return to playing significantly faster with less risk of future injury.

There are numerous treatment options for college athletes to address their injuries and pain. Pain Stop Clinics offers a wide variety of treatment options, including chiropractic care, interventional pain procedures, medical injections, physical therapies, and additional treatments. The doctors at Pain Stop Clinics provide a full medical evaluation and work closely with all involved to develop a personalized treatment plan.

Colleges are encouraged to contact their local Pain Stop Clinic and develop a partnership for responsibly addressing and treating their athletes for pain and injuries. Athletes are also encouraged to take control of their health and seek proper treatment for their sports injuries. Call Pain Stop Clinics today to schedule an evaluation or discuss a partnership.

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