Our sports medicine doctors at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine are the region's experts in providing evaluation and treatment for sports-related injuries and conditions.
Sports medicine doctors have 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, and they know how to offer both conservative treatments as well as surgical procedures when needed to remedy the problem.
While sports medicine doctors treat professional, collegiate, and high school athletes who have sustained sports-related injuries, sports medicine doctors also treat active individuals who have injured their joints for a variety of reasons. For instance, tennis elbow is a condition where the tendons in the elbow become painful and inflamed, and tennis players are at a high risk for tennis elbow. However, anyone who uses their elbow frequently can suffer from this condition.
Sports medicine doctors also 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. However, those who are in individual sports are more likely to sustain repetitive strain injuries where joints or tissues become damaged due to continued and hard use. Sports doctors have the knowledge and skills to treat and help this wide range of patients.
When It's Time to See a Sports Medicine Doctor
Being aware of certain symptoms is important because if a sports-related issue can be diagnosed and treated early on, it will help to avoid further damage and pain in the future. Sharing this information with your doctor allows them to provide you with the best care. If any of the following symptoms sound familiar, you may have damaged a joint or the surrounding tissues:
- 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
These symptoms often correspond to a more serious medical condition or injury, such as:
- Golfer's elbow
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Joint dislocation
- Muscle and ligament tears (ACL or PCL)
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Sprains and muscle strains
- Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis
- Tennis elbow
Our sports medicine doctors understand that joint pain can have a major effect on your lifestyle and keep you from performing routine, everyday activities. To schedule an appointment with one of our sports medicine doctors, please call (740) 788-9220 or request an appointment online.
Our sports medicine specialists also understand that some injuries require prompt evaluation, which is why we are proud to offer same-day appointments. To schedule a same-day appointment, please call our office before 3:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Walk-ins are also welcome.
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. However, if surgery is the best option, our surgeons have extensive experience in 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 surgeons work closely with our specialty-trained therapy team. Our physical therapists provide expert rehabilitation services and will tailor a treatment plan to your individual needs in order to restore function and get you back to the life you love.
To schedule an appointment with one of our sports medicine surgeons, please request an appointment online or call (740) 788-9220.