If you are an athlete or just enjoy playing sports, you can’t afford to take time away from your game. So, when overuse damage, orthopedic trauma, or sports injuries occur, it can be devastating to your game, your workouts, your physical health, and even your mental health. That’s why sports medicine is an integral sub-specialty of orthopedic medicine.
Sports medicine is a medical specialty that helps people recover from their sports related injuries. However, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to be susceptible to sports injuries. Recreational athletes, weekend warriors, and physically active people can receive a host of orthopedic injuries, like fractures, and muscle sprains and strains.
Our musculoskeletal system is made up of hundreds of moving parts, all working together to allow our body to move and function at its optimal level. Sometimes these structures become injured, and are in need of treatment. The tools and techniques used by an orthopedic specialist to diagnose and treat conditions are constantly evolving. It’s good to know that there are a variety of solutions available to help your sport medicine doctor accurately diagnose disorders and injuries affecting bones, muscles, ligaments, tendon, and cartilage.
People with active lifestyles are often at risk for sports-related injuries. Board certified and fellowship-trained sports medicine specialists can properly diagnose athletic injuries and provide treatments that restore your motion and will help get you back to your sport in even better shape than before.
At Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence, our sports medicine specialists work just as hard as you play your game, to ensure you receive an accurate diagnosis and world-class care. Some of the most frequent sports injuries we treat include:
- Sprains and strains
- Tendonitis and bursitis
- Knee ligament tears and reconstruction (ACL, MCL, PCL, LCL)
- Meniscal tears
- Achilles tendonitis and tears
- Shoulder instability and dislocation
- Rotator cuff tear
- Shoulder labrum tear
- Shoulder impingement
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Shin splints
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Patellar tendonitis
- Femoroacetabular impingement / hip labrum tear
Our sports medicine doctors use the least-invasive techniques whenever possible to treat sports injuries, but surgery may sometimes be necessary. Our fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons operate with precision on injured joints, ligaments, and tendons to ensure that delicate nerves, tissues, and other surrounding anatomy is preserved.
Our main goal is to return you to play as quickly as possible while preventing re-injury and improving your body’s response to stress. We utilize cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment methods to eliminate pain and improve range of motion, hoping to have you feel just as good or better than you did before your injury occurred.
Caring for these problems quickly and effectively makes it possible for these athletes to return to their sports in good shape. Sports medicine focuses on helping both amateur and professional athletes improve their performance, recover from injury, and prevent future injuries. But it’s more than just that. Sports medicine doctors are also good resources for those who need help with making better and healthy lifestyle decisions, and achieving their peak physical performancce.
At Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence, we see sports medicine as a large part of orthopedic medicine. Whether you are an amateur or professional athlete, make an appointment with one of our sports medicine specialists today by calling (719) 623-1050, or you can request one online.