Pains or Sprains After Summer Sports? A Sports Medicine Physician Can Help

iStock_000047660414_FullExercise is essential to staying healthy; however, every swing of the racket or jog around the neighborhood can add wear and tear to your body. Too many hours on the golf course or even working in the yard may add up to end-of-summer summer aches and pains that keep you from the activities that you enjoy.

Activities that require repetitive movements are the most likely to result in injury. Pounding on pavement, pitching softballs, or shoveling mulch can take a toll on muscles and joints, sometimes causing sprains, tendonitis, bursitis, or other painful conditions.

Know When to See A Doctor

Minor aches and injuries can often be treated at home with ice and elevation. However, if you are in chronic pain or continue to have swelling and stiffness, you may need to see a sports medicine physician. If a few days of home treatment do not take care of an injury, and you are no longer able to enjoy your activities or sports, it’s time to call the doctor.

Sports medicine physicians are specially trained to provide non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. They treat any active individual, not just athletes. Patients range from weekend warriors to avid runners, cyclists, and high-level athletes.

At Lebauer Sports Medicine, our physicians treat both teens and adults. We work with each patient to minimize recovery time. Physicians start with a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of your pain. This may include an X-ray or ultrasound. We also develop a specialized treatment plan for each patient with a projected timeline for returning to normal activity.

Our fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians treat many conditions, including:

  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Sprains
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Stress fractures
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Knee injuries
  • Shin splints
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Concussion assessment

Treatments may include custom orthotics, ultrasound guided injections, osteopathic manipulative therapy, biomechanical evaluation, or a referral to physical therapy. Our physicians work closely with physical therapists to ensure you are receiving the most appropriate therapy and to update therapy plans and techniques if needed.

Ready to Get Back in Action?

In addition to treating injuries, the Lebauer Sports Medicine team also works with patients to prevent injuries and maximize sports performance. This include motion analysis and strength testing. To learn more about our services or schedule an appointment, call 336-547-1792.

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