Which Sports Medicine Treatment Is Right for You?

When you suffer from a sports injury, you may wonder which treatments can help and whether you need surgery. You may even worry that your injury will keep you on the sidelines for weeks or months. 

At Town Center Orthopaedic Associates, located in Reston and Centreville, Virginia, our orthopedic team offers many nonoperative and operative sports medicine treatments to help athletes and weekend warriors alike recover faster and stop feeling pain sooner.

Take a moment to learn more about some our popular nonoperative sports medicine treatment options some of which may be the right therapeutic modality for you.

Trigger point dry needling (TDN)

Sometimes a sports injury creates a knot in a muscle that doesn’t dissipate. This condition is called a trigger point, and not only does it cause pain in the affected area, but because it aggravates the nerves around it, it triggers pain in other areas of your body.

Trigger point dry needling (TDN) is a minimally invasive treatment in which your provider inserts special needles into the muscle to release these painful trigger points. It’s called “dry” needling because no solution is injected into the muscle through the needle. 

TDN provides deep tissue release by creating a local twitch reflex. This is the first step in breaking the pain cycle trigger points cause and leads to improvements in movement and pain. The micro wound caused by the needle also signals your body’s natural healing process and promotes faster recovery and anti-inflammatory response. 

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy

One of the most exciting developments in sports medicine treatments is regenerative medicine therapies. Regenerative medicine uses human cells from either donors or your body, to help your injured tissues repair themselves. 

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses platelets taken from a sample of your blood to give your body’s natural healing process a boost. The injured area gets a large dose of platelets to speed healing with few side effects or risks. 

PRP therapy is especially effective for soft tissue injuries, and recent studies demonstrate the benefits it brings when used to treat sports-related injuries, such as tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow


Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, or tears in the knee ligaments, are common sports injuries that occur most often when playing sports with sudden stops, jumps, or direction changes. These movements can cause your knee to cave in and stress the ACL, resulting in a painful and debilitating injury. 

Sportsmetrics is an ACL injury-prevention program with a certified trainer that focuses on stopping these injuries before they occur. It consists of four major components designed to promote functionality by training your body to move correctly. These components include:

Jump and strength training make up the primary focus of Sportsmetrics, with the aim of teaching you proper jump mechanics to keep your joints safe when landing. Strength training also works to protect your ACL from injury. 

Therapeutic ultrasound

While many people think of ultrasound technology as used for diagnosing, it can also be used therapeutically to treat chronic pain and promote soft tissue healing

This non-invasive treatment provides deep heating to soft tissue, increasing blood circulation to any damaged tissues to promote healing and decrease your pain and discomfort. Therapeutic ultrasound also helps improve muscle flexibility, giving you back a full range of motion after injury.

Your Town Center Orthopaedic Associates provider may also use therapeutic ultrasound treatments to trigger cavitation, or the rapid contraction and expansion, of tiny gas bubbles around your injury. Cavitation helps speed healing, getting you back to the game faster. 

Other sports medicine interventions

The team at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates provides customized sports medicine treatment for your specific injury and symptoms. We combine many different physical therapies with the most innovative and advanced interventions. 

In addition to those described above, your provider may also recommend one or more of the following therapies:

When these less invasive treatments aren’t enough to help heal your sports injury, the skilled sports medicine surgeons at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates can recommend and perform different surgical repairs, including arthroscopic procedures. 

Learn more about the right sports medicine treatment for you by calling our experts at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates or requesting an appointment online now!

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