Sports Medicine

We offer comprehensive sports medicine services here at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine. Our team of seasoned professionals is dedicated to optimizing your athletic performance and overall well-being. We cater to athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and individuals of all ages and backgrounds, offering cutting-edge treatments and personalized care.

Whether you’re a competitive athlete striving for peak performance, recovering from a sports-related injury, or simply seeking a school sports physical, we’ve got you covered. Recognizing the unique demands of the athletic lifestyle, we’re committed to keeping you in the game, helping you recover from injuries, and supporting your journey to a healthy, active life.

Explore our range of services and experience how Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine can assist you in achieving your athletic goals and maintaining optimal physical health. Contact us and book your appointment in Granville or Coshocton, Ohio today!

What is Sports and Exercise Medicine?

Sports and exercise medicine is a specialized branch of medicine dedicated to the enhancement of physical fitness, as well as the care and avoidance of injuries linked to sports and physical activities.

A sports medicine physician is a highly trained healthcare provider who specializes in musculoskeletal medicine. They usually start their training at medical school before undergoing further training in medical fields like physical medicine, internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, or other related specialties.

All our sports medicine doctors at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine are board-certified orthopedic surgeons.

What Does a Sports Medicine Physician Do?

A sports medicine physician has expertise in understanding the many conditions and injuries athletes and active people develop as a result of participating in sports or similar activities. In particular, they understand how the joints function and are affected during sports. They know how to offer both conservative treatments as well as surgical procedures when needed to remedy the problem. 

While sports medicine doctors treat high school collegiate and professional athletes who have sustained sports injuries, they may also treat active individuals who have musculoskeletal injuries for other reasons.

For instance, tennis elbow is a condition where the tendons in the elbow become painful and inflamed. Although tennis players are at a high risk for tennis elbow, anyone who uses their elbow frequently can suffer from this condition. 

Sports medicine doctors treat athletes who participate in solo activities, like running or high-impact exercise, as well as athletes partaking in team-based sports, like volleyball, hockey, and football.

Players who participate in contact sports are more likely to sustain traumatic injuries, like bone fractures. Whereas those who are in individual sports are more likely to sustain repetitive strain injuries. Sports doctors have the knowledge and skills to treat and help this wide range of patients. 

Sports medicine physicians work along with nutritionists and physical therapists to provide a comprehensive treatment plan. They often work for professional sports organizations, schools, colleges, and universities.

At Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, our sports medicine doctors can also perform a school sports physical. The results can determine whether it is safe for you to participate in sports or not.

When is it Time to See a Sports Medicine Specialist?

Consider consulting a sports medicine physician if you:

  1. Have a sports-related injury
  2. Experience an injury impacting the functionality of your musculoskeletal system
  3. Aim to enhance your activity level or performance
  4. Need advice on how to exercise safely
  5. Have symptoms of a musculoskeletal injury, which may include the following:
    • Decreased range of motion in the affected joint
    • Electrical sensations that radiate through one arm (also known as a stinger)
    • Knee or other joint locks up
    • Pain and swelling in the affected joint
    • Pain only on the outside of the knee
    • Pain that worsens when you exercise
    • Swelling and tenderness
    • Tingling in the elbow
    • Upon injury to the joint, a popping sound or sensation occurs

Common Sports-Related Injuries

A sports medicine physician may treat a variety of musculoskeletal injuries. Some of the most common sports-related injuries are listed below:

  • Achilles Tendon Injuries: These injuries involve damage or inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone.
  • Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Arthritis: AC joint arthritis is the degeneration of the joint at the top of the shoulder where the clavicle and the acromion of the scapula meet.
  • Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis) of the Hip: This condition refers to the death of bone tissue in the hip joint due to a lack of blood supply.
  • Biceps Tendonitis (at the Elbow): Biceps tendonitis occurs when the tendons connecting the biceps muscle to the elbow become inflamed.
  • Bursitis of the Hip (Trochanteric Bursitis): Trochanteric bursitis involves inflammation of the bursa located near the hip, leading to pain on the outer part of the upper thigh.
  • Bursitis of the Shoulder (Subacromial Bursitis): Subacromial bursitis results from inflammation of the bursa sac in the shoulder, often causing discomfort and impeding arm movement.
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: This condition is characterized by pressure or compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow, leading to symptoms like numbness and tingling in the ring and little fingers.
  • Hammer Toe: Hammer toe is a deformity of the toe, often the second toe, where it becomes bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer.
  • Labral Tear of the Hip (Acetabular Labrum Tear): A labral tear in the hip is when there is a tear or damage to the acetabular labrum, which can cause hip pain and discomfort.
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow): Tennis elbow is a condition involving inflammation and pain on the outer part of the elbow, typically caused by overuse.
  • Meniscus Tear: A meniscus tear occurs when the cartilage in the knee, called the meniscus, is torn, often causing pain and limited mobility.
  • Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis refers to the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that supports the arch of the foot, leading to heel pain.
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries: These injuries involve damage to the group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint, often resulting in shoulder pain and limited mobility.
  • Rotator Cuff Tear: A rotator cuff tear specifically refers to a tear in one or more of the tendons comprising the rotator cuff, leading to pain and weakness in the shoulder.
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain: Sacroiliac joint pain involves discomfort and inflammation in the joint connecting the spine and the pelvis, often causing lower back pain.
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome: This syndrome is characterized by the compression of tendons and bursa in the shoulder, leading to pain and reduced range of motion.
  • Snapping Hip: Snapping hip refers to a condition where a tendon or muscle rubs over the hip joint, causing an audible snap or pop during movement.
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (Posterior Tibial Neuralgia): Tarsal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the tibial nerve in the tarsal tunnel, leading to symptoms like pain, numbness, and tingling in the foot.

Sports Medicine Treatments at OSSM

At Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, our sports medicine doctors are highly trained in the following treatments:

  • ACL reconstruction: This surgical procedure involves repairing a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee, typically using grafts to restore stability.
  • Ankle Replacement: Ankle replacement surgery is performed to replace a damaged or arthritic ankle joint with an artificial joint to improve mobility and alleviate pain.
  • Arthroscopic Surgery: Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes a tiny camera (arthroscope) to diagnose and treat joint problems by making small incisions, reducing the need for open surgery.
  • Foot and Ankle Reconstruction: Foot and ankle reconstruction encompasses a range of surgical procedures aimed at correcting deformities, injuries, or joint issues in the foot and ankle.
  • Meniscus Repair (Arthroscopic Technique): Arthroscopic meniscus repair is a minimally invasive surgical method used to mend torn cartilage in the knee (meniscus) using an arthroscope.
  • Partial Knee Replacement (using OXFORD® implant): In a partial knee replacement procedure, only the damaged part of the knee joint is replaced with an OXFORD® implant, preserving healthy tissue.
  • Plantar Fascia Release (Open Technique): Plantar fascia release is a surgical procedure to treat plantar fasciitis by partially cutting the plantar fascia ligament to relieve tension and reduce heel pain.
  • Rotator Cuff Repair (Arthroscopic): Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair involves the use of an arthroscope to repair tears or damage to the rotator cuff in the shoulder joint.
  • Shoulder Stabilization Surgery: This surgery aims to stabilize a loose or dislocated shoulder joint by tightening and repairing the ligaments and tendons.
  • Total Hip Replacement: Total hip replacement surgery is the complete replacement of a damaged hip joint with an artificial joint to enhance mobility and relieve pain.
  • Total Knee Replacement: Total knee replacement involves replacing a damaged knee joint with a prosthesis to improve function and alleviate pain.
  • Unicondylar Knee Resurfacing: This surgical technique focuses on resurfacing one compartment of the knee joint, often used to treat specific knee joint disorders or damage.



Keeping You Active at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine

Finding a doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your pain is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your care. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, Edward L. Westerheide, M.D., Brad L. Bernacki, M.D., and Alex Tancevski, M.D., are specialty-trained in diagnosing and treating a variety of sports-related injuries and conditions.

Our doctors always strive to find a conservative treatment for you first before recommending surgery. If surgery is deemed the best option, our surgeons have extensive experience performing surgical procedures, such as ACL reconstruction, arthroscopic surgery, rotator cuff repair, shoulder stabilization surgery, and foot and ankle reconstruction. Our surgeons are dedicated to providing compassionate, expert orthopedic care to get you moving and keep you active.

Taking a team approach, our sports medicine team works closely with our specialty-trained therapy team. Our physical therapists provide expert rehabilitation services and will tailor a treatment plan to your individual needs to restore function and get you back to the life you love.

To schedule an appointment with one of our sports medicine surgeons at our offices in Granville or Coshocton, OH, please request an appointment online or call (740) 788-9220.

We are your partner in achieving your athletic goals and maintaining optimal physical health. Sports medicine specialists are here to guide you, whether you’re a professional athlete, a fitness enthusiast, or a student-athlete preparing for the school sports season.

Don’t hesitate to reach out for the care and expertise you need to stay at the top of your game. So, let’s embark on this journey to a healthier, more active you with the support of sports medicine professionals.

Medically reviewed by Brad L. Bernacki, M. D.