Severe Sports Injuries

Some sports injuries must be immediately evaluated by a doctor. The severity of an injury is usually indicated by the level of pain. The worse the pain, the more serious the injury is likely to be.

If you feel you have a serious sports injury, call your doctor even if it's after business hours. If you feel your injury is life-threatening or you're in danger of suffering a disability, go to an emergency room right away or call 9-1-1.

As a rule, you need immediate attention for:

  • Severe pain, disability or numbness
  • Loss of movement
  • Any eye injury
  • Infection, pus, red streaks, swollen nodes or fever
  • An extremity that appears to be shorter than usual or in an unnatural position
  • Exposed bone

If you have any of the last two symptoms, you may have sustained a fracture. To be safe, immobilize the injured area with a splint. Tie the injured area to another stiff object (splinting one joint above and below the injured area) and get immediate medical attention.