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Sports medicine

At Unity Health, our sports medicine services are for anyone who wants to keep moving through exercise, competition and recreation—whether that's in the gym, on a golf course or a favorite hiking trail.

If you've had an injury, or would like our help avoiding one, our sport medicine experts can help you maintain your active lifestyle. We treat high school sports injuries as well as painful disorders that limit active adults.

We treat all kinds of sports injuries

We offer care for sports injuries at the Unity Health – Orthopaedic and Spine Center in Searcy. Our highly qualified team treats many acute (sudden) or chronic (long-term) injuries.

Here are some of the common sports injuries we treat:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Knee and shoulder injuries
  • Broken bones and dislocations
  • Overuse injuries such as rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow, runner's knee and stress fractures
  • Concussion
  • Achilles tendon injuries

Our sports medicine treatments

If you've had an injury our knowledgeable experts will help you safely return to your activities as quickly as possible.

Other treatments may include physical therapy to help rehabilitate an injury.

But if surgery is necessary to treat your sports injury, our orthopaedic surgeons offer specialized procedures right here in Searcy. This means you don't have to travel far to get a full spectrum of sports injury and orthopaedic care.

Stretching quiz

See if you can tell fact from fiction in this quiz all about stretching and its benefits.

reviewed 2/25/2020

Stretching: Myth or fact?

When it comes to flexibility and minding your muscles, it's important not to stretch the truth. See if you can tell fact from fiction in this quiz all about stretching and its benefits.

Myth or fact: Flexibility is nice to have, but it's not a major part of physical fitness.

Myth. Flexibility is an important part of physical fitness. Your body needs to be able to bend and twist through a normal range of motion without overexerting yourself or causing injury. When you are more flexible, you are more agile, which can help you meet the demands of your physical activity of choice.

Myth or fact: Stretching can reduce your stress levels.

Fact. Exercise is a great way to control stress. Plus, well-stretched muscles hold less tension and thus leave your body feeing less stressed. According to the American Council on Exercise, stretching has many other unseen benefits, such as improved posture and circulation.

Myth or fact: Stretching correctly should hurt a little.

Myth. Stretching should not hurt. Only stretch your muscle to the point of tension—you should feel some tightness, but not pain. As you stretch more, you may notice that you can tolerate more stretching.

Myth or fact: You should stretch before you warm up.

Myth. If you stretch cold muscles, you may have a higher risk of injury. According to the American Council on Exercise, you should spend 5 to 10 minutes warming up prior to stretching out. Warming up is usually a simple and low-intensity activity, such as easy walking while swinging your arms.

Myth or fact: Stretching as you get older is a bad idea.

Myth. As you age, your muscles get shorter, and over time you may lose your ability to do certain kinds of motion. Stretching regularly can slow down that process and keep you active longer.

Get flexible in your exercise routine and incorporate some stretching. Follow these steps:

  1. Exhale slowly as you stretch the muscle.
  2. Hold your stretch for 15 to 30 seconds.
  3. Relax, and repeat 2 to 4 times.

Make sure to warm up first, and avoid classic mistakes like bouncing and holding your breath.

Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; American Council on Exercise; American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine