An orthopedic primary care facility assists athletes of all ages with musculoskeletal issues – whether in training for fitness or treatment for injury. Orthopedic primary care providers are capable of addressing those issues early, before they become serious and require invasive treatments.
Sports Medicine Benefits
Sports medicine is a specialty within orthopedic care that addresses any musculoskeletal issues that may arise as a result of athletes playing sports. An orthopedist specializing in sports medicine can customize care according to the athlete’s daily exercise regimen, in addition to sports activity.
Treatment of Sports-Related Injuries
Athletes who play contact sports like football are at a higher risk of receiving a serious injury, but anyone playing sports faces the risk of injury. Sports medicine providers address injuries caused by sports, so it’s helpful for any athlete – whether solo or on a team – to develop a relationship with a trusted orthopedic specialist in case of injury.
Prevention of Sports-Related Injuries
High school athletes are injured 2 million times a year and are seen by doctors 500,000 times, winding up in the hospital 30,000 times per year. Overuse is the reason for more than half of the reported sports injuries. The most common injuries are either sprains or strains, but some injuries are serious – and all can be diagnosed and treated by an orthopedic specialist, for youth and adults alike.
But imagine how helpful it would be to athletes if they were educated regarding their orthopedic health, and were advised on how to avoid sports injuries in the first place? Sports medicine addresses prevention, along with rehabilitation, in these ways:
- Education on anatomy and movement
- Proper training and ergonomics
- Nutrition and diet
The interdisciplinary focus of sports medicine helps improve performance on the field, court, or in the gym without harming the athlete. Athletes are kept safe while also performing to their potential.
Types of Sports Injuries Treated by an Orthopedist
Multiple injuries can plague an athlete, but all injuries fall under two categories: acute or chronic.
An acute sports injury is one that happens in the blink of an eye, while the athlete is exercising, playing in a game, or training. An acute injury may not be obvious at first, though sudden and severe pain may be an identifying symptom.
Swelling and redness may also accompany the sudden injury, and if the site of the injury is the leg or knee, then placing weight on the injured side may be impossible – causing loss of mobility. For example, a broken or dislocated bone is considered an acute injury.
A chronic sports injury is one that occurs because the athlete is overworked or has overused the injured joint, bone, or tendon. It’s painful but happens over time, rather than suddenly. Repetitive motion or strain on an area of the body can result in a chronic sports injury.
Orthopedic Care in Colorado
If you or a loved is an athlete and would like to learn more about the benefits of orthopedic primary care, then let our board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians at Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence help you stay active and prevent injury.
But you don’t have to play sports to benefit from visiting our orthopedic primary care facility. If you have any questions about our orthopedic services for your musculoskeletal health, please call our office at (719) 623-1050 to schedule an appointment, or request an appointment online.