Sports are a great way for you to keep in shape and enjoy time with friends. Living an active lifestyle has so many health benefits, and keeps your body young. However, with any activity, you can become injured if you're not careful. These injuries can keep you sidelined for weeks to months, and can cause a lot of unnecessary pain.
At Alpha Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, our team specializes in sports injuries and treatments. Our skilled team of doctors not only focuses on treatment, but also on future injury prevention. We provide many different treatments, along with prevention techniques to keep you healthy and at the top of your game.
What does sports medicine entail?
Sports medicine is a type of practice that deals with injuries sustained during sports or any kind of physical activity. And you don't need to be a professional athlete to need a sports medicine specialist. At Alpha Orthopedics, we treat athletes and non-athletes of all ages when an injury occurs.
This type of medicine focuses on injuries that occur to any part of your musculoskeletal system. These injuries may be mild to severe and can involve bones, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Examples of these types of injuries include:
- Joint dislocations
- Strains or sprains of ligaments
- Muscle injuries
- Broken bones
- Meniscus tears
- Rotator cuff injuries
If you've sustained any of these injuries, our sports medicine team does a thorough physical assessment to determine the extent of your injury. Along with an assessment, our doctors may also recommend imaging procedures may be needed to see the extent of the injury. This may include:
- CT scan
Sports medicine doesn't only focus on acute injuries from physical activity. Our doctors also specialize in sports injuries from repetitive movement or overuse. Injuries like this occur from sports like tennis or dancing.
Sports medicine can help prevent injuries too
You may think sports medicine only focuses on treating injuries, however, that's not completely true. This type of practice also focuses on injury prevention. This usually involves a multidisciplinary team that includes our doctors along with:
- Athletic trainers
- Sports psychologists
- Physical therapists
Our doctors can give you tips on conditioning your body to prevent injuries in the future. These tips can include certain stretches to keep your body flexible, or types of exercise that will keep your body in tip-top condition.
Nutrition is another vital part of injury prevention. Our doctors may recommend a certain diet along with stretching and exercise to keep your body as healthy as possible, which can help you reduce your chances of getting hurt.
Our team at Alpha Orthopedics also offers treatments like regenerative medicine and cartilage restoration. These procedures offer you a unique type of treatment that focuses on the regrowth of tissue that can help prevent degenerative arthritis down the road.
If you're interested in learning more about injury prevention or need treatment for an existing problem, call one of our conveniently located offices in Texas, or book an appointment with one of our doctors online today.