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Sports Medicine Specialist

Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Tuscaloosa, AL

Athletes push their bodies to the limit, which often results in injuries. To provide the best possible care of your sports injury, orthopedic expert Bryan King, MD, and his team at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute in Northport, Alabama, offer sports medicine consultations and care. Whether you need assistance recovering from a sports injury or you’re trying to prevent an injury, the team can provide the care you need. Call the office or request an appointment online today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is a medical specialty that provides care for those engaged in regular physical activity, including athletes, weekend runners, and regular gym-goers. The team at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute specializes in sports medicine and provides treatment of injuries as well as consultations on how to prevent injuries.

What are common sports injuries?

Whether from overuse or a bad landing, athletes are prone to injuries. Some of the most common sports injuries that require care from the experts at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute include:

  • Fractures
  • Sprains and strains
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Tendinitis
  • Golfer’s or tennis elbow
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Dislocations
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Meniscal tears
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
  • Labral tears
  • Shin splints
  • Lower back pain

While you might not be able to prevent all sports-related injuries, taking the time to warm up your muscles and stretch before beginning your activity can provide some measure of protection. Taking breaks during your workout so your muscles can recover also helps prevent injuries.

When should I see a sports medicine doctor for my injury?

While it’s possible to be able to take care of a minor sports injury at home, if you’re experiencing pain, swelling, and a limited range of motion, you could benefit from medical evaluation. It’s especially important to get checked out if your symptoms haven’t improved after a few days of at-home care.

What can I expect during a sports medicine consultation?

The team at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute do a thorough exam when you visit the office with concerns about a sports injury. The goal of the evaluation is to diagnose your injury and provide the most effective care.

The team reviews your symptoms and medical history and evaluates the affected body part. Diagnostic tests are often recommended, including X-rays, an MRI, or an ultrasound, to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis.

To help you recover as quickly and safely as possible, the team develops a personalized treatment plan specific to your injury and athletic needs. Treatment can include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation
  • Splints or casts
  • Physical therapy
  • Changes in activity

While surgery isn’t usually the first choice, even from the surgical experts at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute, if you need surgery to repair your sports injury, you’re in great hands. The team uses the most advanced surgical tools and techniques available and designs your surgical plan specific to your needs.

For a sports medicine consultation from an experienced orthopedic team, call Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute or request an appointment online today.