Sports Medicine Specialist

Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC

Orthopedic Surgery Practice located in Saint Clair Shores, Shelby Township & Romeo, MI

Staying physically fit with sports is a great way to remain strong and healthy. If your active lifestyle leads to an injury, persistent pain, or limited mobility, you need the comprehensive sports medicine care the team at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC provides. Both the St. Clair Shores and Shelby Township, Michigan, locations have sports medicine services, including the latest diagnostic tools and treatments to get you back in the game. If a sports-related injury is interfering with your physical fitness, schedule an evaluation online or by phone today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What are common sports injuries?

Participating in sports can lead to direct trauma injuries that affect your ligaments, cartilage, and soft tissues. 

You can also experience long-term damage from sports-related activity due to overuse injuries and stress on your joints. Some activities may increase your risk for degenerative conditions, like arthritis.

Common sports-related injuries include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations

Long-term damage from high impact sports can also result in chronic pain and conditions like cervical radiculopathy. This progressive disease causes herniated spinal discs or the growth of bone spurs that compress your nerves and lead to chronic pain, numbness, and loss of mobility.

These injuries can occur from direct trauma from falls or contact with other players. Many people develop injuries due to improper warmup techniques or from not using protective gear.

How are sports injuries diagnosed?

During your evaluation, your Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC doctor discusses your medical history and your symptoms. They perform a thorough physical exam of the affected area, identifying tenderness and swelling. Your doctor may also test your strength and flexibility.

To confirm conditions like fractures or a dislocation, you may need X-rays or other imaging tests. These diagnostic tests can also rule out other potential causes of your pain and symptoms.

Once they understand your condition, your Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC physician creates a custom treatment plan to quickly alleviate your pain and ensure you heal properly, so you can return to your active lifestyle.

What sports medicine treatments are available?

Initially, your Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC physician may recommend rest and ice therapy to alleviate pain from strains and sprains in your soft tissues. 

Wrapping the area in a bandage and elevating it above your heart can also control swelling and minimize pain. In some cases, the use of orthotics, like shoe inserts, can improve your mobility and protect you from additional injury.

For fractures, you may need a period of immobilization to let the bone heal. Some fractures may also require surgery to realign bones. Surgery may also be the recommended treatment for recurrent dislocations when other therapies aren’t effective.

If you have chronic pain due to cervical radiculopathy, osteoarthritis, or other degenerative condition, the medical team at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC may recommend physical therapy, surgery, or viscosupplementation. 

This treatment involves injections of hyaluronic acid into the affected joint to reduce friction and help the joint move more freely.

Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC can also provide advanced therapies using stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP).

By addressing sports-related injuries as soon as possible, you can prevent additional complications. To learn more about the unique sports medicine services at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC, call or schedule an appointment online now.