Whether you’re a professional athlete, play on a high school sports team, or are simply someone who likes to stay fit, injury is always a risk. The good news is that you can get help from experts to prevent sports injuries as well as diagnose and treat them as they occur. Our sports medicine team is here to help athletes and active patients with every need – from sprains and strains to ACL tears.
What is a sports medicine specialist? These are the physicians who specialize in treating injuries sustained during sports and exercise. This includes ankle, hip, shoulder, knee, wrist, and elbow injuries, along with a full range of orthopedic care options.
Sports medicine specialists see adult and pediatric patients for a full range of medical concerns. Some of the injuries treated by these doctors include:
- Any sports-related injury to the ankle, wrist, knee, shoulder, muscles, or other soft tissues
- Cartilage damage
- Exercise-induced trauma
- Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
- Labral tears
- Overuse injuries
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Torn meniscus
- Torn tendon, ligament, or ACL
Sports Medicine at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic
When you visit with a specialist in our practice, the first step is diagnosing your injury. This will involve a physical examination and may require different types of imaging, including X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This evaluation will allow our board-certified orthopedic surgeons and physiatrist to determine the nature of your injury and the right course of treatment.
Your sports medicine treatment plan could involve any number of things, including physical therapy, stretches, medicine, or surgery. Our goal is always to get you back on the field or the court as soon as possible and to provide the solutions you need to function at your best.
Because we know how important it is for athletes to get back in the game, we strive to use nonsurgical treatment options and avoid surgery whenever possible. For more serious injuries, surgical intervention may be the best medical option. When surgery is needed, our surgeons will perform the appropriate procedure using the latest methods, including arthroscopy. No matter the nature of the surgery, we will always try to ensure a full and quick rehabilitation for each athlete we see.
Additionally, our sports medicine specialists have developed our Athlete and Parent’s Online Guide to Sports Medicine (coming soon) for important injury prevention and care information and training tips specific to your sport.
Our sports medicine providers are also proud to serve as team physicians for both high school and collegiate teams in the area.