What’s the best way to deal with a knee sprain, finger dislocation or tennis elbow? What do you do if you have a concussion? If you are injured, is it safe to do any exercise or rehabilitation before calling your doctor?

The topics in Sports Medicine SelfCareNavigator deal with some of the most common injuries athletes encounter and answer some frequently asked questions that may come up in the evenings or over the weekend when your doctor is less available. They are specifically designed to help you make appropriate decisions about the level of medical care you need and, if you can safely do so, to tell you how best to treat yourself at home.

Select the subject that interests you from any in the Anatomic Index of Topics. A When to Call Your Doctor chart is provided for each topic. The guidelines provided and your own common sense will help you decide the most appropriate course of action:

For those who want to know more, each topic includes links to credible Internet Web sites under the FOR MORE INFORMATION heading. The primary sources for the clinical information in each topic are listed under REFERENCES.

The topics were authored by Christopher Madden, MD. A graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Dr. Madden practices full-spectrum family and sports medicine in Longmont, CO. Dr. Madden co-edits other popular sports medicine texts, has authored a variety of chapters and articles in sports medicine publications, is on the clinical faculty at the University of Colorado and is actively involved in both the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine.

All of the topics in the Sports Medicine SelfCareNavigator have been peer-reviewed by the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) to ensure that the content is clinically accurate and current.

Disclaimer: The information contained in these topics is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

If you think that you are having a medical emergency, call 911 or the number for the local emergency ambulance service NOW!