Orthopedic injuries are the most common type of injury that people sustain from playing sports. Acute injuries can occur while playing a sport; e.g., ankle sprains, fractured arms, torn knee ligaments, and rotator cuff tears. Chronic injuries are generally caused by repeated overuse of muscle groups or joints, poor technique, or anatomical weaknesses in specific areas of the body.
What conservative treatment methods do you use to treat sports injuries?
The RICE method is the first line of treatment for many orthopedic and sports-related injuries. The four components of this standard approach are Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. If RICE and anti-inflammatory medications prove ineffective, cortisone injections and physiotherapy are the next treatment methodologies we utilize before referring patients for surgery.
What types of sports injuries do you treat?
I repair meniscal injuries and anterior cruciate ligament tears, but I refer most sports injuries to colleagues that I know well and would entrust with the surgical care of loved ones. I feel that orthopedic surgeons who specialize in treating complex sports injuries—such as compound fractures of the ankle, elbow, and leg—are better equipped to treat athletes. There are exceptions, since I cover all in the ER and may attend to a patient with an orthopedic injury. Of course, I always refer all neck and back injuries and degenerative spine conditions to spine specialists, whether chronic or acute.