Sport Injury Specialist

Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine located in West Rogers Park & Wicker Park, Chicago, IL

Playing any sport is a great way to stay physically fit, but participating can also increase your risk for sports injuries like fractures and dislocations. At Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers in Lincoln Square and Wicker Park, Chicago, the team of orthopaedic specialists offers comprehensive sports injury services. They use customized treatment plans to alleviate your pain and ensure your injury heals fully, so you can get back to the sport you love. Schedule a consultation online now or call the office nearest you.

Sport Injury Q & A

What are the most common sports injuries?

Injuries while participating in sports are common among children and adults. Some of the most common sports injuries or conditions that can result in pain and mobility issues include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Ligament tear
  • Golfer’s or tennis elbow
  • Meniscal tear
  • Cartilage damage
  • Tendinitis

These injuries often affect your knees, hips, shoulders, ankles, or feet. If not treated properly, sports-related injuries can worsen and progress to a chronic condition or result in permanent damage.

What causes a sports injury?

There are many reasons why you may become injured while playing sports. For many, sprains, strains, and other injuries often occur because of improper warm-ups before the game. Other common causes of sports injuries include:

  • Overuse
  • Direct trauma
  • Improper technique
  • Sudden stops or turns

You may also become injured because of a fall on a hard surface.

If you have pain or swelling that isn’t improving with rest and ice therapy, schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers as soon as possible.

How is a sports injury diagnosed?

The specialists at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers offer the latest on-site diagnostic testing technologies, including X-rays and MRIs, to get a better look at the inner structures of your injury site. 

Imaging tests provide details about the type and extent of your injury that helps your provider create your care plan.

Your Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers specialist also reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam during your visit.

How is a sports injury treated?

If home care wasn’t enough to reduce your pain and other symptoms, your Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers doctor may recommend physical therapy to help you heal from muscle sprains and strains and orthopaedic injection therapy to ease pain. 

If you have a fracture or broken bone, you may need to wear a bandage or cast to stabilize your bone and allow it to heal. Severely fractured or broken bones may require surgery to ensure the bone heals properly.

If you have severe damage to cartilage or ligaments, especially the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in your knee or the rotator cuff in your shoulder, you may need surgery to repair tears and other damage, such as cartilage reconstruction surgery or an osteotomy. 

The physicians also use arthroscopic and computer-assisted surgical techniques to minimize trauma to your body and reduce your risk for scars.

Injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) may be beneficial for enhancing the efficiency of your recovery. PRP contains essential growth factors that repair damaged tissue, allowing you to heal from the inside out. 

The team also uses ultrasound therapy, a noninvasive procedure that uses ultrasound energy to heat the tissues in the area of injury and increase blood flow to help you heal naturally.

If you suffer a sports injury and need an evaluation, schedule an appointment at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers by calling the office nearest you or by requesting one online now.

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