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Sports Medicine

sports medicine - south florida orthoSports-related injuries are not limited to competitive athletes, but also include sports enthusiasts, “weekend warriors,” and anyone who is physically active. Because everyone can be susceptible to orthopaedic injuries and pain, we are committed to providing the best orthopaedic care to every athlete, whether part-time, beginner, student or pro. With physicians on staff who have cared for a variety of professional sports teams, we offer years of combined expertise in the care of these unique injuries and offer cutting-edge treatments to help preserve function and get you back to your game as quickly as possible.

With one of the largest and most advanced orthopaedic practices in the South Florida area, we offer certified athletic trainers and licensed physical therapists on-site in our Rehabilitation Clinic, who focus on preventing injuries, restoring physical function and returning you to sports-related activities with optimal function.

South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine offers a comprehensive continuum of care, from evaluation and diagnosis, with non-surgical or surgical treatment options, patient education and physical therapy.

Sports Medicine FAQ

Overuse and poor technique are leading causes for repetitive motion injuries. A hard impact or sudden fall may cause a herniated, slipped or bulging disc. Straining the neck to follow a ball, turning suddenly, or simply landing on the wrong foot without full support can strain neck and back muscles. Turning or rapidly changing directions may also be the cause of many foot, ankle and knee sports injuries.

Our team uses hands-on evaluations, X-rays and other diagnostic tests to precisely diagnose your sports injury. These tests are especially important if a spinal misalignment is responsible for your pain.

If you have suffered a sports injury, stop your activity and seek immediate care. Relying on medication to “cover up” pain and continuing to play will only strain the injured muscles, ligaments or tendons further. Worse, depending on the severity of the injury, medication and rest are not sufficient for repairing this damage. Schedule an appointment as soon as possible with a sports medicine specialist, who can diagnose the extent of injuries and create a custom treatment plan.

Everything from overuse to lack of proper equipment may trigger a sports injury. To reduce the risk, practice proper warmup and cool down techniques and vary the type of exercise performed each day. Cross training is also important. For example, unilateral sports like tennis work the muscles on one side of the body without doing so equally on the other; this can lead to muscle weakness. Cross training helps strengthen the muscles equally as well as improving coordination and flexibility.

Common Sports Injuries

  • Knee Ligament Tears and Reconstruction (ACL, MCL, PCL, LCL)
  • Meniscal Tears (Knee Cartilage)
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Tendonitis and Bursitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture and Repair
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Rotator Cuff Tear and Repair (Shoulder Muscles and Tendons)
  • Labral Tears (Shoulder Joint)
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Arthritis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Shin Splints
  • Stress Fractures
  • Tendon Rupturese
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (Type of Knee Pain)
  • Patellar (Knee) and Quadriceps (Thigh)
  • Patellar (Knee) Instability and Malalignment

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