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Sports Medicine

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy located in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Sports injuries are increasingly common, not just for elite professionals but also for high school and college athletes and weekend warriors. If you suffer musculoskeletal damage playing sports, Wisconsin River Orthopaedics can help. At the practice in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, the sports medicine specialists work closely with experts in physical therapy to restore function and eliminate pain. For a speedy return to fitness, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is a specialty within orthopaedics that focuses on injuries you sustain as a result of physical activity. Musculoskeletal trauma or overuse can have a significant impact on your ability to function at your best, whether you’re on or off the sports field.

Your knees, elbows, shoulders, and spine are complex structures that require expert treatment if you hope to regain full function. 

The skilled sports medicine specialists at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics have exceptional training and experience in diagnosing and treating all kinds of sports-related injuries.

What kinds of injuries does sports medicine treat?

The sports medicine specialists most often see injuries like:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder impingement and frozen shoulder
  • Medial and lateral epicondylitis (golfer’s and tennis elbow)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Trigger finger and Dupuytren's contracture
  • ACL and MCL tears in the knees
  • Meniscus and labral tears
  • Patellofemoral syndrome
  • Ankle sprains
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Fractures

Athletic competition drives you to push your limits and risk hurting yourself. A sports-related injury then compromises your ability to perform at your best. In many cases, you may be unable to train or play for weeks or months.

What treatments are available for sports injuries?

The board-certified orthopaedic surgeons at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics are sports medicine specialists. They use non-surgical treatments initially unless surgery is the only solution.

Non-surgical treatments available include:

  • Range-of-motion and strengthening exercises
  • Moist heat and cold therapy
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Iontophoresis
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Customized splint fabrication
  • Home exercise programs

Some conditions benefit from steroid injections to reduce inflammation and pain.

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics has a dedicated team of physical and occupational therapists who understand the unique needs of active people. For most patients, a personalized physical therapy program with other non-surgical treatments is highly effective in restoring function.

Is surgery used in sports medicine?

For most patients, surgery isn't necessary. When it is, the Wisconsin River Orthopaedics team uses advanced, minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques. Arthroscopic surgery reduces post-surgical pain and scarring and shortens your recovery time.

For the most effective solutions to your sports injuries, trust Wisconsin River Orthopaedics to deliver first-class sports medicine services. Call the office or book an appointment online today.