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Our sports medicine doctors are recognized experts in the field and have the specialized knowledge to assess, diagnose, and treat a full range of sports medicine injuries and conditions.
Fortunately, there is a greater emphasis on safety when it comes to playing sports today than in the past. Still, sports injuries often occur and can happen for many reasons. Additionally, a person does not need to be a professional or serious athlete to suffer from a sports injury. Injuries can either be swift and occur as a one-time event, such as when a football player suffers a concussion, or can happen due to repetitive use, such as when a tennis player gets tennis elbow.
Know When to See a Sports Medicine Doctor
If you think your pain may be due to a sports-related injury or condition or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms described below, you should contact a sports medicine physician near you:
- Severe pain that keeps you awake at night
- Inability to walk, jump, twist, or run due to a sports-related issue
- Limited range of motion in the affected joint or joints
- Muscle and joint stiffness in the affected area
- Pain or discomfort when trying to perform a specific sport
- Popping or snapping sensation near the affected joint
- Swelling in the affected joints
You should also see a physician if you have a fever or if your skin reddens, becomes warmer, and/or becomes more sensitive, since you could have an infection.
Common medical conditions and injuries related to sports medicine that can be treated with both nonsurgical and surgical treatments include:
- Adductor tendinitis
- Hamstring strain
- Joint instability
- Ligament injuries
- Muscle weakness
- Patella tendinitis
- Repetitive use injuries
- Shin splints
- Sprains and strains
- Tendon tears
- Tennis elbow
- Torn ACL
- Torn meniscus
At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, our specialty-trained sports medicine doctors understand the first step towards reducing your pain and restoring you to better health is a proper diagnosis to pinpoint the specific cause of your sports-related pain and the most effective treatment for your individual issue.
To consult with our orthopaedic doctors specializing in sports medicine at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, you may request an appointment online or call one of our three locations in Edwards, Frisco, or Vail.
Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics?
With years of experience and advanced training, our esteemed specialists at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics are unparalleled experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating sports-related injuries and conditions with and without surgery.
Our board-certified sports physicians, Dr. Richard Cunningham, Dr. Erik Dorf, Dr. Peter Janes, and Dr. William Sterett, are also surgeons who have additional training to include being fellowship-trained in sports medicine, hand and upper extremity, knee, and shoulder and are recognized leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries and conditions as well as advanced surgery, such as arthroscopy.
To consult with our Vail-Summit Orthopaedics specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online. You can also learn more about the conditions we treat through our patient education resources or our Online Guide to Sports Medicine that references specific topics relating to nutrition and fitness for athletes of all ages, including high school, collegiate, and weekend warriors.
Tips for Healthy Athletes & Athletic Weekend Warriors
The sports-related practice of medicine has as much to do with prevention as it does treatment. The following are tips to help you increase your chances of staying pain-free. Use these techniques to help protect you from injury and pain.
Always Warm Up
Before performing any sport, always take the time to stretch and warm up your muscles to help avoid injury.
Follow the Rules of the Game
Although some injuries cannot be avoided, following the rules of the game will help reduce your overall risks.
Avoid Strain and Overuse
If you are an athlete who feels passionate about your sport or if you are highly competitive, you need to stay aware of any pain that may be developing. By identifying pain issues early on, you can often avoid injury or further pain by temporarily reducing the intensity of your workouts. If the issue continues to be a problem for you or the pain is getting worse, see an orthopaedic surgeon to find out how you can continue to pursue your sport while keeping your joints and body healthy.