Sports Medicine

Whether you are a professional athlete, amateur in training or like to enjoy an active lifestyle, an injury can set you off your game and significantly impact your ability to enjoy your lifestyle. Some of these injuries are acute, occurring as a result of a collision on the field or an overextension of a joint. Others come on gradually and are caused by repetitive motion or excessive wear and tear on joints like knees and shoulders. No matter what injury or condition is affecting your quality of life and your activity level, the sports medicine physicians at the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio are trained to address your concerns and get you back in action as quickly as possible.

What is Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine is a specialized field of orthopedic medicine designed for professional and amateur athletes, as well as those pursuing an active lifestyle. The goal of this specialty is to both prevent and treat sports injuries while optimizing the patient’s health and performance. Our sports medicine doctors offer services through the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio that ranges from medication and physical therapy to surgical treatments when necessary. We will work with the other professionals on your team, including trainers, physical therapists and nutritionists to create an optimal program for your needs or to support you as you work your way back to peak performance after an injury.

Injuries Treated Through Sports Medicine

Numerous injuries can be treated by a sports medicine physician:

  • Spine injuries and conditions
  • Knee injuries, including ACL tears and patellar dislocations
  • Ankle and foot injuries, including sprains and fractures
  • Shoulder injuries, particularly rotator cuff issues and bursitis
  • Hip injuries, such as labral tears
  • Elbow injuries, including tennis elbow
  • Other fractures, sprains, dislocations and strains

Whether your injury came on quickly or over time, our team of sports doctors at the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio is qualified to provide you the most accurate diagnosis and a list of your treatment options.

Treatment Options

While surgery is one way to address a sports injury, not everyone that comes to us for treatment will require a surgical solution. There are a variety of options, depending on the type and severity of the issue:

  • Pain relievers and other medications
  • Resting the injured area to allow for healing
  • Immobilizing the area with a brace, sling or cast
  • Physical therapy to restore mobility and reduce pain

If these remedies do not produce the desired effect, surgery may be recommended as the next course of action. Surgery may also be advised right away in the event a bone needs to be reset or tissue has been torn. Our sports medicine orthopedic surgeons will diagnose your injury with precision and inform you of the best treatment approach. Keep in mind that surgery is never our first option unless that is the only way to bring full restoration to the area.

No matter what your injury might be or how it occurred, you can rest assured you will be in good hands at our sports injury clinic at the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio. Our sports physicians will support you throughout the process, from diagnosing and treating you, to guiding you through the rehabilitation process and advising you on how to avoid injuries in the future. To learn more, contact the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio at 419-222-6622.