Orthopedic Care for Sports Related Injuries

When an athlete is faced with a sports related injury in Southwestern VA, time is essential. The key to getting back in the game is having access to the care you need. Our fellowship-trained sports medicine specialists at Virginia Orthopedics are committed to the belief that the same quality care made available to professional athletes exists for any athlete of all ages or skill level. Virginia Orthopedics standards of care include:

  • Access to highly specialized physicians without long waits.
  • Access to medical and rehab equipment you need to help you recover.
  • Access to the rehabilitation information you need to recover to get back on the field and into the game.

Common Sports Injuries

Our goal at Virginia Orthopedics is to get you back to what you love! Our sports medicine trained physicians provide clinical and surgical care for athletes ranging from weekend warriors to school athletes. Common sports injuries and conditions include:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Sprains and strains
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocations
  • Knee injuries including ligament tears
  • Shin splints
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Biceps tendon tear at shoulder joint
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow

Types of Sports Injuries

There are two main types of sports related injuries; acute and overuse injuries. Acute injuries are caused by sudden trauma such as a fall, twist or collision. Acute injuries can include:

  • Broken bones
  • Sprains
  • Ligament injuries
  • Muscle and tendon injuries
  • Concussion

Overuse injuries occur gradually over time, when an athlete repeats an activity so often that the part of the body being used never has time to heal. Usually the pain associated with overuse injury is low grade and the athlete can often play through it. Repeat injuries may turn into overuse conditions having the potential to sideline an athlete for the rest of the season. To keep athletes in the game, overuse injuries need to be diagnosed and treated by a physician as soon as possible.

Virginia Orthopedics also hosts a walk-in urgent care for orthopedic injuries. So if you or your athlete gets hurt after hours, we are always here for you. If you are uncertain and in pain, don’t delay — you can be seen right away!

Why Exercise?

In general, regular exercise and aerobic activity keeps the body fit and able to withstand daily wear and tear. It is never too late to start a regular exercise routine that will lead to overall improvement of health and strength. Regular activity becomes the foundation when something unexpected happens. If you have kept your body fit and you become injured, studies show that you can recover more quickly and return to doing what you love.

Strategies for Preventing Sports Injuries

Coaches and parents can employ strategies that athletes can follow to help decrease the risk of sports injury. Some general tips to help prevent sports injuries include:

  • A pre-participation sports physical examinations can be very useful in screening for potential problems in young athletes.
  • Know and abide by the rules of a sport.
  • Always wear appropriate protective gear (shin guards for soccer, a hard-shell helmet when facing a baseball pitcher, a helmet and body padding for ice hockey and a mouth guard if needed as well).
  • Know how to correctly use athletic equipment.
  • Always warm up before playing.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluid.
  • Avoid playing when exhausted or in pain.

Education is also a key component of preventing injury. Our orthopedic specialists work closely with coaches and players by educating teams on proper warm-up techniques and injury preventions tips. Our goal at Virginia Orthopedic is to help patients maximize function and minimize injury or disability due to sports and physical activity.