You might know that elite athletes benefit from sports medicine. But did you know that a sports medicine physician could help you with injuries and illnesses that have nothing to do with sports?
At Randolph Health, our sports medicine physicians are ready to help anyone—including athletes and couch potatoes—overcome orthopedic issues such as arthritis, bursitis, knee pain, shoulder strain, fractures or tendinitis.
These are some of the specific illnesses and injuries we address in our sports medicine clinic:
Ligaments connect one bone to another, and they stabilize joints by preventing excessive movement. Your ankle has many ligaments, and when they are stretched or torn, a sprain can result. These injuries often happen due to a sports injury, such as those you'd get while playing basketball, football, tennis or soccer. But they can also be brought on by obesity or prior ankle injuries.
In our clinic, we use x-rays, bone scans, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to assess your sprain. Treatment options include medications, physical therapy or casting. We can help you find the right therapy, and we can work with you on prevention strategies so you avoid a subsequent sprain.
Knee pain can keep you from walking, bending, stretching and lifting. Sometimes, knee pain can cause additional symptoms, including knee swelling and redness.
Knee pain can be caused by damage to ligaments and tendons. It can also be caused by damage to delicate structures inside the knee, including the bursa and the meniscus.
Sports such as basketball or alpine skiing are associated with knee injuries, as are risk factors such as excess weight, overuse and age.
In our sports medicine clinic, we use x-rays, CT or MRI to help assess the source of your knee pain, and we can use bandaging, physical therapy and/or surgery to help you recover.
Rotator Cuff Injury
Your rotator cuff is made up of tendons and muscles that connect your upper arm bone to your shoulder blade. Those tissues help to hold your arm within the shoulder socket, and they can deteriorate due to repetitive motion or falls.
X-rays, MRI or ultrasound tests help us to assess shoulder injuries from the inside. With that information, we can offer treatment programs, which might include:
- Exercise therapy.
- Steroid injections.
- Shoulder surgery.
Preventing a Sports Injury
While the treatment programs we offer are robust, we understand that the best sports medicine programs begin with prevention. Our doctors are adept at explaining how to lower your risk of injury, and they work hard to help our community understand how to stay safe. For example, our team has created guides to help parents create healthy meal plans for student athletes, and we have created a guide to help coaches prevent sports injuries on the field. We invite you to read these guides, and if you have any questions about the information presented there, just contact us.
We also offer a concussion management program to help students and coaches understand and prevent these traumatic brain injuries.
Meet Our Team
Offering expert assessment and comprehensive, personalized treatment plans, the physicians at Randolph Health have the experience you need—and the compassion you deserve—to ensure a safe and speedy recovery.