Sports Medicine

That sports-filled weekend was a big thrill. But now it’s over, and you’re feeling it.

Your back aches. Your ankle is sore. You can’t remember where you put the ibuprofen. After all that testosterone-filled fun, it’s time to take stock of your bumps and bruises. You need to see where you stand, physically.

If you can stand at all, that is.

Sports Medicine

Should You See a Doctor?

There are no set rules. But in general, see the doctor if:

Your injury causes severe pain, swelling, or numbness
You can’t tolerate any weight on the area
An old injury hurts again and is swollen
A longtime sore joint is weak

When to Treat It Yourself

If none of those apply, it’s probably OK to wait a little while. Do some self-treatment and see how you feel after a few days.

If you’re just sore, it will get better over time, says Kenneth Mautner, assistant professor of orthopedics at Emory University in Atlanta. Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for your aches and pains.