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When should I see a doctor about a sports injury?

You should see a doctor about a sports injury if you’re experiencing extreme pain, significant swelling or instability after sustaining an injury. Another way to decide whether to make an appointment is based on your recovery time. If you recover within a couple of weeks, it’s usually safe to return to activity. If you thought it was a minor injury, but it’s been more than two weeks and you haven’t made a full recovery, you should see a doctor.

Each person responds to a sports injury differently, so it’s important to know yourself and follow your instincts.

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