Sports medicine at King's Daughters' Health encompasses a wide range of care, often involving both orthopedic physicians and physical therapists. Most sports-related injuries and issues are minor and can be treated effectively with rest, therapy and supportive bracing. More serious injuries to an athlete's bones or joints may require additional intervention. The orthopedic specialists at KDH will help you or the athlete in your house return to activity as safely and quickly as possible.
Common sports injuries involve the rotator cuff (shoulder), knee ligaments (ACL/others), knee cartilage (meniscus), and ankle ligaments (sprains and tears/Achilles tendon). The orthopedic specialists at King's Daughters' Health provide a comprehensive approach to these types of injuries. Interventions include rest, bracing, therapy and surgery, depending on the type and severity of the injury. All joints are susceptible to ligament and tendon injuries, including wrists, thumbs and elbows. Athletes may also be bothered by pain or injuries to their feet, including fractures and ligament damage. If you have chronic, acute, or recurring pain or discomfort during athletic activities, schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists.
Sometimes ligaments and tendons in the knee, shoulder or ankle can tear as the result of an athletic injury. Often, these types of tears (including ACL tears in the knee) require surgical intervention. Today, the majority of these procedures are completed using an arthroscopic approach that requires only a pair of small incisions. This type of procedure reduces pain and speeds recovery.
Physical therapy is often an important part of your successful recovery from a sports-related injury. Your orthopedic surgeon/specialist may refer you for therapy once your injury begins to heal (or has completed the healing process). Therapists help you regain strength and mobility. For additional information about specific therapy services, visit our Rehabilitation Centeror call 812.801.0545.