Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
We all want to get over our injuries quickly. For athletes, there may be even more at stake. An injury can mean lost game time and more bench time. Plus, the longer recovery takes, the further behind you may get in your training – and we all know that catching up on missed training days can take more time than anticipated.
In many cases, your sports medicine doctor may be able to prescribe medication (or recommend over-the-counter drugs) to help reduce pain and swelling and get you back on your feet. While medication certainly doesn’t negate a need for rest and recovery, it can speed up the process.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the medications a sports medicine doctor may use to aid patients in recovery…
Sports Medicine Medications
- Analgesics: Analgesics are pain-relievers. Generally speaking, there are two classes of analgesics: narcotic and non-narcotic. The narcotic class includes drugs like morphine and demerol. While these drugs are more commonly used in the hospital, patients may be prescribed oral medications like Vicodin or Lortab for use at home. While helpful in the short-term, these medications are not intended for long-term use and can be addictive. The most common non-narcotic analgesic is acetaminophen, which most people know under the brandname Tylenol.
- Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: Ibuprofen (brandnames: Advil and Motrin) is perhaps the most common common NSAID (that’s short for “non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug”). NSAIDs treat both pain and inflammation. By inhibiting the enzymes that cause inflammation, NSAIDs are able to reduce swelling and – along with that – pain. These drugs can be helpful for everything from a sprained ankle to a bruise.
- Antibiotics: Skin infections can be a fairly common issue in athletes. When infection occurs, antibiotics can help. Of course, antibiotics are also commonly prescribed following a surgery, as your body may be more prone to infection if there are external incisions or wounds. Antibiotics may be administered orally or topically depending on what they are being used to treat.
Physical therapy, behavior modification, and other therapies also play a role in sports injury healing. In many instances, healing may be possible without the use of medication. Talk to your sports medicine provider to learn more.
See a Sports Medicine Doctor In Houston, TX
To schedule an appointment at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, call (713) 756-5546. You can also schedule your appointment online.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.