Sports injuries can cause excruciating pain and put you out of action for months. If you suffer an injury during physical activity, contact the Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine team at their Union City or Dyersburg office in Tennessee. Michael Calfee, MD, and Paxton Sisson, PA-C, have worked with hundreds of athletes over the years, helping them return to their playing field as quickly as possible. For expert rehabilitation from sports injuries, call or book an appointment online today.
Sports injuries damage your musculoskeletal system — the bones, joints, connective tissues, cartilage, and nerves. You can injure yourself playing sports or when training. You could also incur a sports injury doing other physical activities or working out.
Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine specializes in sport-related injuries, particularly injuries to the shoulder, knee, and wrist. Whether you have a new injury or an old one that won’t heal properly, their team professionally assesses the damage and provides you with all the help you need.
Sports injuries the Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine team sees most often include:
Fractures (broken bones) might involve cracks, simple breaks where the bones stay in alignment, comminuted fractures that break the bone into three or more pieces, or compound fractures that expose the bones. Stress fractures, which develop from multiple micro-injuries, are a common problem for runners.
Dislocations occur if the bones that form a joint come apart under force.
Tendons attach muscles to bones. They may rupture if you stretch them too far or become inflamed from overuse. Common tendon problems include lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow), Achilles tendinitis in your ankle, and rotator cuff tears in the shoulder.
Ligaments connect the bones inside your joints, enabling the joint to move and keeping it stable. Common ligament injuries in athletes include anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears in the knees and ankle sprains.
Articular cartilage covers the bones and protects them. Other kinds of cartilage include the meniscus wedges that cushion the knees, and the labrum, a ring of cartilage that secures ball-and-socket joints (hips and shoulders). Cartilage tears are common sports injuries.
For most sports injuries, rehabilitation begins with physical therapy, hot and cold treatments, medication, and possibly a splint, sling, or brace. If your sports injury isn’t responding, your provider might suggest corticosteroid injections into the joint for a long-lasting reduction of inflammation.
For persistent sports injuries, you might need surgery. You would also need surgery at an early stage for a severe injury like a fracture. The Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine surgeons perform a variety of sports injury surgeries, including:
For many of these procedures, they use minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques. Patients benefit from less pain after surgery and a quicker recovery using these methods.
For expert treatment of your sports injuries, call Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine today or book an appointment online.