Sports medicine patients come from a wide range of ages and activity levels. Many are young, active patients, including children, teens and collegiate athletes. Others are middle-aged "weekend warriors'' and aging athletes. As people live longer and stay active, we encounter injuries at various stages of activity and life.

Our sports medicine experts treat everything from sprains and strains to torn ligaments and broken bones. We use advanced orthopaedics to care for conditions of the foot, ankle, knee, hips, elbow, back and spine. Our specialty care and rehabilitation has returned thousands of amateur and professional athletes of all ages back into the game.

Why Choose Us for Sports Medicine

  • We offer a multidisciplinary team of experts, from sports medicine orthopaedic surgeons to radiologists and physical therapists.
  • Innovative treatments for conditions from complex trauma to recreational or sports related injuries.
  • Our experts are able to restore function and help to prevent future injury.
  • You receive compassionate, whole person care focused on the body, mind and spirit.
  • Our orthopaedic residency program trains the next generation of specialists.

Conditions We Treat

Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition that causes pain, stiffness and swelling (inflammation) in joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments or bones. Arthritis is usually ongoing (chronic). This would present with limited shoulder motion and pain with motion.

Bursitis

Bursitis: Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa. A bursa is a closed, fluid-filled sac that works as a cushion and gliding surface to reduce friction in the joints. The major bursae (this is the plural of bursa) are located next to the tendons near the large joints, such as in the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.

Knee Conditions

  • Meniscal injury is a common knee injury. The meniscus can be injured if you forcefully twist or turn your knee. Symptoms include pain, clicking, catching, or popping, and swelling at the knee.
  • Ligament injuries usually occur due to excessive force to a joint, such as a fall. Common ligament tears occur at the ankle, knee, wrist and neck.
  • Cartilage injuries occur in the connective tissue that is found throughout the body. Cartilage is a rubbery tissue that acts as a cushion between bones and joints. Symptoms include joint pain, stiffness and swelling.

Shoulder Conditions

  • Rotator cuff injuries: Your rotator cuff consists of muscles and tendons that hold your shoulder in place. A rotator cuff tear is a common cause of pain and disability among adults. There are two main causes of rotator cuff tears: injury and degeneration. 
  • Tendonitis: Tendons are strong cords of tissue that connect muscles to bones. The cause of tendonitis can be strain, overuse, injury or too much exercise. It may also be related to a disease such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or infection.
  • Shoulder impingement is a painful condition caused when the rotator cuff rubs or presses against the acromion on your shoulder. It is common in swimmers and other athletes who use their shoulders excessively.
  • Shoulder dislocation: If you have dislocated your shoulder, your upper arm bone (humerus) has moved out of your shoulder joint. This is the most frequently dislocated major joint of your body. Dislocation is often caused by a significant force that separates your shoulder joint's ball (the top rounded portion of your upper arm bone) from your joint's socket (glenoid).

Hip Conditions

Labral tear: A common hip injury in young people. The labrum is a thick cartilage rim of the hip joint socket (acetabulum). It can be caused by impingement of the femur neck hitting it. Symptoms can include simple groin pain with or without a clicking or catching sensation.

What to Expect

Our team of experts treats every patient individually. We treat you, the person; not your x-rays, or a finding in an MRI. We take the time to talk to you to learn what your goals are and go from there. 

At Your First Visit

During the first visit, you will complete patient history forms and share information about what bothers you and what activities cause or worsen the concern. These questionnaires can usually be answered online within MyChart, a secure online portal where you can view and manage your medical information. If images have not been taken, then x-rays are taken for initial imaging. MRI and/or CT scans can sometimes help physicians see and understand the issue. 

We encourage you to bring in all previous work-ups, including imaging on disc, so that we can import them into our system. This will provide a more thorough consultation and let us set up a better treatment plan without delay.

Once exams are done, you will meet with the doctor one-on-one to discuss your goals for treatment.

Do I Need a Referral?

You can self-refer or be referred depending on your insurance process. 

Take the Next Step

If you have suffered a sports injury, don’t let your condition worsen. Talk to your primary care physician or make an appointment with our orthopaedic sports medicine specialists.

Are you making your injury worse?

The body is very smart about telling you if an activity is bad for you. If you have pain and swelling combined, it is usually a sign that you may be moving too fast.


Tip: Take baby steps — do things in moderation. As long as you're taking small steps, you're making progress. Listen to your body.