Sports Medicine Clinic Questions and Answers
At NorthShore Orthopedics, we provide a wide range of sports medicine services, from innovative diagnostic techniques to long lasting treatment strategies and surgical procedures. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online! We serve patients from Wailea, Kihei, Hana, Lahaina, Kaanapali, Lana’i, Moloka‘i, Oahu, Kaua’i, and Hawai’i Island.
For patients who have sustained an injury during exercise or while training for a sport, it may at some point be necessary to seek the experience and care of a sports medicine doctor. Sports medicine doctors have an in-depth understanding of the human body and how it functions when at its best. When you suffer a sports injury, the experienced doctors at NorthShore Orthopedics can help you restore function to injured parts of the body and prevent future injuries.
What injuries should be evaluated at a sports medicine clinic?
There are a wide range of injuries that a sports medicine doctor can effectively evaluate and treat. Some of the most common reasons a patient should see a doctor with a sports medicine background include ankle sprains, concussions, tendonitis, cartilage injuries, knee and shoulder injuries, tendonitis, and even exercise-induced asthma. Many sports medicine doctors can also provide information regarding injury prevention, nutrition, and supplements.
What treatments are often prescribed for sports injuries?
In most cases, sports injuries will not require surgical intervention. Many injuries treated by sports medicine doctors will be addressed with pain medications and rest. Some injuries including sprained ankles and tendonitis may require immobilization with a sling or cast in order to give the injured area time to heal naturally. Platelet-rich plasma therapy, physical rehabilitation, stem cell therapy, and non-surgical treatment options are all available depending up on the recommendations of your doctor as relates to your unique injury.
Can platelet-rich plasma really help my injury?
Platelet-rich plasma, more commonly referred to as PRP, has been used for decades to help improve the body’s natural healing processes. PRP can be injected into injured areas to help support a patient’s recovery. PRP is most often used to treat chronic tendon injuries, arthritis, and acute ligament injuries. The growth hormones and cytokines naturally present in PRP can help soft tissues heal more effectively and because PRP is derived from each patient’s own blood, the potential for complications, infection, or adverse side effects is very minimal.
Which types of sports injuries are the most common?
There are many types of injuries that can be sustained by children and adults who are involved in organized sports and exercise training. Soft tissue injuries can include pulled muscles or strained tendons and ligaments, while hard tissue injuries include bone fractures and tooth injuries. Overuse injuries are very common not only in athletes, but also in adults with physically demanding jobs such as construction workers and warehouse employees. Head and neck injuries can include sprains and strains, but there are more severe injuries such as those to the spinal cord or brain. Concussions should always be carefully evaluated by a doctor to ensure further brain damage does not occur.
How can NorthShore help treat sports injuries?
Not only is sports medicine a useful area of medicine for specific injuries and illnesses related to living an active lifestyle, it can also be an important source of health education. When you come into NorthShore Orthopedics for your appointment with Dr. Soma, you will also receive useful information regarding your nutrition, physical therapy and injury prevention that can keep your body healthy and in great shape. For any injury or illness that is not severe, making an appointment with a sports medicine specialist is a great way to improve a condition, while an emergency room is necessary for any severe or life-threatening injury. Treatment for sports injuries can include a variety of solutions, from medications to physical therapy to minor surgery.
Sports injuries can affect people of all ages and levels, from experienced athletes to young children in an organized sport. Whether you are suffering from a strained ankle due to your daily workout or you are training for a marathon, we have you covered at NorthShore Orthopedics. Dr. Soma takes the time and effort to provide every patient with a friendly and knowledgeable medical experience. Please make an appointment today with us online or call us for more information. We look forward to helping you with all of your sports medicine needs soon at NorthShore Orthopedics.