When you injure yourself playing a sport or during training, you might well be concerned about how long you'll be out of action. Fortunately, with the care of the sports medicine team at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates in Reston and Centreville, Virginia, your recovery could take less time than you think. The orthopaedic surgeons specialize in diagnosing and treating every type of sports injury, so you can return to training with minimal delay. Call to schedule a consultation or book online today.
Sports injuries affect the joints, bones, and connective tissues that make up your musculoskeletal system. Common types include:
Ligament sprains, strained muscles, fractures, and torn cartilage are all common types of acute sports injuries. Meniscal, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears affect the knees, rotator cuff tears affect your shoulder, and labral tears can occur in your shoulder or hip.
Repetitive strain injuries tend to occur when you make the same movement many times over months or years. Medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow) and lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) are examples of tendon injuries that develop from repeatedly swinging a golf club or tennis racquet.
The kinds of sports injuries that might affect you depend on the type of sport you play. For example, acute fractures of the lower extremities (leg, knee, ankle, and foot) are more common in fast-paced close contact games like football, ice skating, and hockey.
If you use your arms a great deal as you would when playing basketball or practicing gymnastics, shoulder injuries like rotator cuff tears and dislocations are more likely.
Physical therapy is key to recovery from a sports injury. The Town Center Orthopaedic Associates team has state-of-the-art physical therapy facilities on-site that offer elite services for all types of sports injury.
You might also require orthotics or a splint or brace, and medication to reduce pain and inflammation.
While most types of sports injury respond well to these treatments, and they are always important in the recovery from a sports injury, some patients require further intervention.
Town Center Orthopaedic Associates uses advanced techniques and the latest, cutting-edge treatments to help you get back to playing sports as soon as possible. These include:
Regenerative medicine uses naturally occurring human cells from your body or donated tissues to help damaged tissues repair themselves. Types of regenerative medicine available at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates include platelet-rich plasma (PRP), Clarix® Flo placental tissue, stem cell therapy, and prolotherapy.
Inflammation in your spine, joints, and connective tissues is sometimes difficult to treat. Steroid injections contain medication that has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect, which can make a significant difference to your pain.
Sometimes a sports injury affects tissues that don't heal very well, such as the cruciate ligaments and meniscus in your knees. When injuries like these don't respond to conservative treatments, you might need surgery to repair the damage.
The highly skilled surgeons at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates perform minimally invasive arthroscopy on joints, repairing injuries like ACL tears using tendon grafts.
Find out more about the exceptional treatments available for your sports injury by calling Town Center Orthopaedic Associates today or booking an appointment online.