Sports injuries common in the fall

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)- From football to field hockey, sports related bumps and bruises are making the rounds in Kentuckiana. In this week's check with area doctors we get advice for parents to help decide when to get a young athlete to the doctor.

Jewish Physician Group's Dr. James Brewer in Mount Washington says every year in the fall he starts treating sports injuries including sprains, strains, pulled muscles and torn ligaments. Symptoms of intense pain or moderate pain that persists longer than 24 to 48 hours says Brewer, should always be checked out by a doctor to rule out a fracture or something worse.

Some treatment options to try at home say Brewer are hot and cold compresses, ibuprofen for inflammation and pain, muscle rubs such as icy hot to help dull the pain and to simply rest as much as possible.

Despite the drop in temperatures and even some frost in outlying areas Pediatrician Dr. Mike Howard at UofL Pediatrics is continuing to treat kiddos suffering with allergies. Ragweed he says is the big problem. It's causing itchy, watery eyes, runny noses along with sneezing and headaches. It's tough to keep the kids inside when it's beautiful outside so his advise to parents is to try an over-the-counter, non-sedating antihistamine.

Since it's flu shot time Dr. Brewer is passing along some guidelines. The shot is recommended for all people 6 months of age and older. It's especially important he says if you are considered a high risk patient which included healthcare personnel. It's not recommended however if you have ever had a sever life-threatening reaction to the vaccine, if you're allergic to eggs or chicken products or if you have ever had Guillain-Barre syndrome.

The vaccine this year protects against the expected seasonal flu strains and H1N1.