At OrthoTeam Clinic we care for a variety of sports medicine injuries. Our patients range in age from children to older adults. Our goal is to get our patients back to their active lives.
We most frequently see knee and shoulder injuries and are able to provide a variety of interventions, surgical and non-surgical, based on what is best for the patient.
Knee pain while playing basketball, football or soccer is frequently caused by an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury. The ACL does not heal on its own and surgery is generally required for these active patients. Knee pain can also be caused by cartilage damage or a meniscal tear. Depending on the injury and severity your physician may recommend physical therapy or surgery.
Pain in your shoulder while playing your favorite sports such as tennis, basketball and gymnastics may be because of a torn ligament in the shoulder or a shoulder dislocation. These injuries are frequently caused by the overuse of your shoulder. Depending on the injury and severity your physician may recommend physical therapy or surgery.
Sports Injury Prevention
We encourage our patients to follow good practices to avoid injuries. The following tips can help keep you injury-free.
- Follow an exercise program to strengthen your muscles.
- Gradually increase your exercise level and avoid overdoing the exercise or activity.
- Ensure that you wear properly-fitted protective gear for your activity such as elbow guards, eye gear, face masks, mouth guards, pads, comfortable clothing and athletic shoes.
- Warm up and cool down before and after activity. Warm up exercises will help to stretch the muscles, increase flexibility, and reduce soft tissue injuries.
- Allow enough time for your last meal to digest before physical activity.
- Maintain a healthy diet which will nourish your muscles and give your body the fuel it needs to be active.
- Rest when you are injured or tired. Take a break after your sport or exercise to let your body recover.
- Learn all the rules of the game.
- Participate in sports and activities that are a good fit for your fitness level.
OrthoInfo from the the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has many excellent resources.
Sports Injury Prevention – Information for Parents
We know that a parent’s first priority is keeping their kids safe. These sports specific information sheets will help keep your child injury-free while enjoying all of the benefits of being involved in sports.
The most common injury treatment is rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE).
Rest: Avoid activities that may cause injury.
Ice: Ice packs can be applied to the injured area which will help to diminish swelling and pain. Ice should be applied over a towel to the affected area for 15-20 minutes four times a day for several days. Never place ice directly over the skin.
Compression: Compression of the injured area using elastic wraps, air casts, and splints helps to reduce swelling.
Elevation: Elevate the injury above heart level to reduce swelling and pain.