Helpful Tips


What Should I Do if I Suffer an Injury?

Whether an injury is acute or chronic, there is never a good reason to try to “work through” the pain of an injury. When you have pain from a particular movement or activity, STOP! Continuing the activity only causes further harm.

Some injuries require prompt medical attention while others can be self-treated. Here’s what you need to know about both types.

You should call a health professional if:

  • Limited or no range of motion
  • Inability to walk
  • Hearing or feeling a “pop”
  • Major swelling in a joint
  • Obvious deformity
  • Possible concussion
  • Any injury that significantly worsens overnight

When and How to Treat at Home

If you don’t have any of the above symptoms, it’s probably safe to treat the injury at home—at least at first. If pain or other symptoms worsen, it’s best to check with your health care provider. Use the RICE method to relieve pain and inflammation and speed healing. Follow these four steps immediately after injury and continue for at least 48 hours.

  • Rest. Reduce regular exercise or activities of daily living as needed. If you cannot put weight on an ankle or knee, crutches may help. If you use a cane or one crutch for an ankle injury, use it on the uninjured side to help you lean away and relieve weight on the injured ankle.
  • Ice. Apply an ice pack to the injured area for 20 minutes at a time, four to eight times a day. A cold pack, ice bag, or plastic bag filled with crushed ice and wrapped in a towel can be used. To avoid cold injury and frostbite, do not apply the ice for more than 20 minutes. (Note: Do not use heat immediately after an injury. This tends to increase internal bleeding or swelling. Heat can be used later on to relieve muscle tension and promote relaxation.)
  • Compression. Compression of the injured area may help reduce swelling. Compression can be achieved with elastic wraps, special boots, air casts, and splints. Ask your health care provider for advice on which one to use.
  • Elevation. If possible, keep the injured ankle, knee, elbow, or wrist elevated on a pillow, above the level of the heart, to help decrease swelling.
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AOKC Coronavirus Update

To our patients,

The Athletic Orthopedic and Knee Center staff would like to reassure you that we are committed to keeping our patients, and their families safe during this challenging COVID-19 time.  We hope our experience and training in infection control will give you confidence in your ability to safely keep your scheduled medical appointments.

The following guidelines have been put in place for your safety and ours:

Thank you for your confidence in the staff and physicians at Athletic Orthopedic and Knee Center. We will continue to adjust and remain flexible to all guidelines and recommendations set forth by Federal, State, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organizations (WHO), and local health authorities regarding this COVID-19 pandemic.

Athletic Orthopedics & Knee Center practice, physical therapy and Ortho Urgent Care are open.  Our hours are Monday thru Friday 8am - 6pm.

TELEMEDICINE is now available for our sports and orthopedic patients who are unable to come to the office.

Please call to 713 984 1400 to schedule your appointment

We ask that you follow our infection control etiquette which includes: Using hand sanitizer immediately when you enter our office and throughout your stay.