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Sports Medicine
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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 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

  • Bracing
  • Cortisone Injections
  • Epidural Injections
  • Joint Aspiration and Injections
  • Medication Management
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Selective Nerve Blocks
  • Stem Cell Injections
  • TENS Units
  • Topical Pain Creams
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Viscosupplementation

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.

Prevention

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.

Conservative Treatments

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.

Interventional Treatments

Specialists in this field are also trained to provide invasive interventions. These include:

  • 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.