Sports Medicine

Sports medicine is the sub-specialty of orthopedics that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries due to athletic or vigorous activity.

The practice of sports medicine involves a coordinated approach between the orthopedic surgeon/team physician, the physical therapist and the athletic trainer. At Town Center Orthopaedic Associates, our Board-certified and our Fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians employ this team approach. Athletes, as well as patients with active lifestyles, benefit from these comprehensive services that maximize functional recovery and minimize down time while expediting return to full activity.

Our expertise in musculoskeletal and sports medicine is evident, as our orthopedic surgeons have been chosen to serve as team physicians for a number of area professional and scholastic teams and organizations, including the Washington Redskins, the U.S. Figure Skating Association, the Special Olympics, the Reston Triathlon and several local high schools.

Some of the common sports injuries include:

Foot and ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries include the injuries in the leg below the knee and they are common while playing sports such as football, hockey, skating and in athletes. Treatment for some of these conditions may be orthotics, braces, physical therapy, injections or surgery. Common sports injuries include sprains and strains, ankle fractures, and Achilles tendinitis.

Shoulder Injuries

Severe pain in shoulders while playing your favorite sports such as tennis, basketball and gymnastics may be because of torn ligament in shoulder or shoulder dislocation. These may be caused by overuse of shoulder while playing sports. Simple pain or acute injuries may be treated with conservative treatment and chronic injuries may require surgical treatment.

Hip Injuries

Fractures of the femur bone, labral tear and hip dislocation are some of the common sports injuries affecting the hip. Hip joint bears more weight and is more susceptible for injuries while playing sports. Hip injuries require immediate medical intervention to avoid further complications. Rehabilitation programs and physical therapy is often recommended following the medical intervention where you need to perform certain exercises to strengthen the muscles and improve the movements.

Knee Injuries

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is major stabilizing ligament in the knee which may tear with over use of knee for playing sports. The ACL has poor ability to heal and may cause instability. Other common sports injuries in knee are cartilage damage and meniscal tear. Knee injuries of sports may require surgical intervention that can be performed using open surgical or minimally invasive technique. Your surgeon will recommend you for physical therapy to strengthen your muscles, improve elasticity and improve the movements of the bones and joints.

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