Sports Injuries Specialist

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in West Des Moines, IA, Ankeny, IA, & Indianola, IA

Sports injuries are a common side effect of being enthusiastic about staying fit, and the positive aspects of exercising usually far outweigh the discomfort of the odd muscle pull. However, if you do incur a sports injury, you need to take good care of it to ensure optimal healing, which is where the highly experienced team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, can help. They have the sports medicine skills and specialist facilities you need to restore fitness after injury, so call one of their branches in Clive, Ankeny, or Indianola, Iowa, to find out more or book an appointment online.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries can occur when you’re playing sports, training, or pursuing any kind of energetic physical activity. The expert providers at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, specialize in diagnosing and treating sports injuries. They also have extensive expertise in helping prevent sports injuries.

Sports injuries are common in people who participate in sports and other physical activities. They frequently happen to people who don’t exercise regularly, then overdo it during the weekend, and those who don’t follow correct warm-up and cool-down procedures.

Doing more than you’re used to doing, poor technique, and low-quality equipment are leading causes of sporting injuries. Many weekend warriors get injured because they become overenthusiastic, too, when trying to catch or hit a ball for example.

Sports injuries typically cause:

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

They might also affect how well you can move or bear weight.

What kinds of sports injuries could I get?

Some of the sports injuries the team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, sees most often include:

  • Tendon strains
  • Ligament sprains
  • Soft tissue tears
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Impact injuries

Common injuries in people who play sports include:

Rotator cuff injuries

The rotator cuff is comprised of muscles and tendons that help keep your arm in its socket in your shoulder. Vigorous use of your arm, for example when serving in tennis, can tear the rotator cuff. Dislocating your shoulder also causes rotator cuff injuries.

ACL and MCL tears

The ACL is the anterior cruciate ligament in your knee, and the MCL is the medial collateral ligament, also in your knee. Tears in these ligaments are common in team sports like football, where you have to run fast while turning awkwardly or stopping suddenly.

Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) are similar injuries, but tennis elbow affects the inside of the joint, and golfer’s elbow the outside. These injuries don’t just affect people who play tennis or golf, but anyone who practices a repetitive motion similar to a tennis or golf swing can sustain this type of injury.

Meniscal tears in the knee cartilage and Achilles tendon injuries in the heel and lower leg are also common sports injuries.

How are sports injuries treated?

Sports injury treatments depend on the cause of the problem. Fractures, for instance, might require a cast, and if it’s a bad break you might need surgery as well.

Most sports injuries respond well to physical therapy, and Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, has its own physical therapy facility onsite for your convenience. The expert physical therapists work with your sports medicine specialist to create a program of therapies to help your injury heal and restore strength and flexibility.

You might also need medications like pain-killers and anti-inflammatories to help reduce inflammation and enable you to follow your physical therapy program.

In some cases, surgery might be necessary for your sports injury. Your sports medicine specialist discusses all the options with you and explains why you need surgery for your injury.

If you injure yourself exercising or playing sports, call Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, or book an appointment online today.