A common injury we see at MedNorth Urgent Care is sports-related injury. These injuries can include concussions, dislocations, sprains, fractures or broken bones, and more. Dr. Shane Hill and Dr. Scott Rundle utilize state-of-the-art equipment, like on-site labs and x-ray machinery, to provide the best treatment possible for your injury. For fast, effective treatment after your sports-related injury, visit our team in Kalispell, MT.


If you or your child has had a sports-related injury, we can help diagnose and treat the injury. First, we’ll get some information from you, including a description of the injury, how the injury was obtained, your level of pain, information on any past injuries, and more. We may need to take an x-ray because it’s possible there may be a sprain, fracture, or dislocation. From there, we can create a treatment plan, which may include cleaning the injury, stitches, a splint, sling, crutches, or something else to help promote proper healing. Depending on the injury, we may suggest you follow up with a specialist for further care.


What are the symptoms of a sports injury?

Because there is a wide variety of sports injuries, the symptoms can present in a number of ways. The most common symptom of an acute sports injury often includes pain, swelling, bruising, and reduced range of motion. Symptoms of a concussion include dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, tiredness or fatigue, confusion, memory problems, blurry vision, and more. A chronic, or long-term, a sports injury can include pain that persists for longer than 3 – 4 weeks, pain when trying to move or use the affected body part, reduced range of motion, and inflammation.

Should I treat a sports injury with the RICE protocol?

The RICE protocol (rest, ice, compression, elevation) is a great way to reduce pain and swelling during the first 1 – 2 days after a sports injury. However, if the pain and/or swelling doesn’t resolve after 48 hours or worsens, you should schedule a medical exam. At MedNorth Urgent Care, we provide quick diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of sports injuries.

What are the most common sports injuries?

The most common sports injuries include:

  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Concussions
  • Back injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Knee injuries (ACL strain, tear)
  • Tennis/Golf elbow
  • Bone fractures/Broken bones
  • Muscle pulls (groin, hamstring, back, etc.)


If you or your family member have experienced an injury while playing a sport, such as a suspected dislocation, break, sprain, or something else, you should seek out medical care as soon as possible. MedNorth Urgent Care is here for you and your family in these times of need. We provide cutting-edge technologies, on-site labs, and a team of medical professionals that are eager to get you healed fast. For more information, visit Drs. Shane Hill and Scott Rundle at our office in Kalispell, MT.