Colorado Sports Medicine
Proven Treatments for Sports-Related Injuries
The sports medicine doctors at
Colorado Clinic treat a wide variety of sports injuries. Whether the injury is sustained
by an amateur or professional athlete, the objective is to achieve pain
relief for the patient without the use of surgery and get the athlete
back on the field as soon as possible.
With over 50 treatment options available, the majority of our patients
are treated on an outpatient basis with low-risk methods performed by
a Double Board Certified doctor at Colorado Clinic.
Sports Medicine Conditions Treated
- Bursitis – Shoulder, Hip
- Sports Injuries
- Golfers Elbow
- Impingement Syndrome
- IT Band Syndrome
- Ligament Injuries – Knee, Ankle, Elbow
- Meniscal Injuries
- Patellar Tendonitis
- Rotator Cuff Tears/Bursitis
- Runner’s Knee
- Stress Fractures
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tendonitis – Achilles, Ankle, Knee, Shoulder, Elbow
- Tennis Elbow
Sports Medicine Treatments
FAQs of Sports Medicine
What is sports medicine?
Sports medicine refers to the branch of medicine that deals with the conditions
related to sports and exercise. It has a wide scope, and handles issues
of physical fitness, treatment and prevention of sports- and exercise-related
injuries, as well as physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Specialists in sports and exercise medicine need to complete residency
training in a relevant specialty, such as physical medicine and rehabilitation
(Physiatry), orthopedics, or family medicine. This is followed by additional
training in the form of a fellowship in Sport and Exercise Medicine.
What is the specialty of sports medicine practitioners?
This specialty focuses on the treatment of athletes and physically active
individuals, with focus on exercise-related physiology, treatment of injuries,
and education in musculoskeletal medicine. Sport and exercise medicine
physicians are trained to treat injuries to the muscles, tendons, ligaments
and bones. They also receive training in injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Conditions that can affect athletes’ physical performance, such
as diabetes and asthma, can also be managed by specialists in sports medicine
While a majority of the conditions treated by these specialists are related
to the musculoskeletal system, other issues such as the female athlete
triad, unexplained underperformance syndrome, exercise-induced asthma
are also managed by these physicians. Sports medicine physicians are also
employed to maintain athletes at peak performance by observing and monitoring
athletes’ physical status.
What are the conditions commonly treated by sports medicine specialists?
The clinical cases handled by sports medicine specialists are normally
related to the musculoskeletal system, particularly injuries related to
physical activities. These include common conditions such as muscle sprains,
cramps and bruises, to more severe cases such as tears of the anterior
cruciate ligament (ACL), fractures and concussions. Specialists are trained
to provide emergency treatment for acute injuries, as well as to provide
long-term treatment and rehabilitation of progressive conditions, such
as runner’s knee and tennis elbow.
What are the therapeutic interventions offered by sports medicine specialists?
Specialists in this field are trained in a wide variety of treatment options.
These can range from conservative options to surgical options, depending
on the training and education of the specialist.
Sports medicine specialists are trained to prevent injury from happening.
For specialists employed by professional teams, this may mean close monitoring
of the athletes’ physical and mental status, as well as routine
observation and analysis of the athletes’ performance. Specialists
may also be employed to guide athlete training programs designed to prevent
injuries and other adverse events.
Sports medicine specialists normally opt for conservative treatments before
other options are considered. This usually includes a combination of medication
and physical therapy. Specialists are also trained in emergency injury
care and can provide splints to athletes who get bone fractures or other injuries.
Specialists in this field are also trained to provide invasive interventions.
- The injection of corticosteroids for pain relief and for healing,
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
- Cellular grafting with amniotic stem cells
- Neurolytic blocks and radiofrequency ablation
Sports and exercise medicine specialists are also trained to aspirate excess
fluid from the joints, as well as to handle stress fractures, and conditions
of the spine and back.