For those who exercise regularly or play a sport, you may be well aware that your bones, joints, and muscles are vulnerable to various pains and injuries. Collisions, trips, and falls are also very common in most sports and in everyday life. Additionally, many musculoskeletal structures in your body can become damaged over time with strain and repetition, leading to problems that require a medical solution.
Our sports medicine specialists at Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, Dr. Charles Hartzog and Dr. G. Dexter Walcott, are fellowship-trained, board-certified sports medicine surgeons who offer the unique expertise you need to heal after an injury, get stronger, and get back to doing what you love.
What Is a Sports Medicine Specialist?
Within the area of medicine known as orthopedics, where doctors provide treatment for bone, joint, and muscle conditions of all kinds, sports medicine offers a specialized focus on functional care for certain injuries and needs. Sports medicine specialists care for amateur and professional athletes as well as active individuals and often serve as team physicians and provide injury prevention plans.
Sport medicine specialists are orthopedic surgeons and physicians who diagnose and prescribe treatment to anyone who has sustained a sports injury, not just athletes. These injuries are often exercise-induced or related to strenuous activity, and patients from all walks of life can also be affected.
Depending on the athlete or individual patient and his or her condition and lifestyle goals, treatment may vary. Our specialty-trained doctors will always first pursue conservative treatments first before considering surgery. If surgery is necessary, they use the most minimally invasive options, including arthroscopy, for surgical precision and faster recoveries.
If you have any pain or limitation after a game, practice, workout, or run, review the checklist below for common symptoms related to fractures, tendonitis, and other sports injuries. If you are experiencing any of them, seek out an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine.
- Ankle instability
- Bone looks out of place
- Decreased elbow strength
- Knee joint feels unstable
- Loud popping or snapping sound after a fall
- Muscle weakness
- Pain after throwing a ball
- Pain when lifting or performing overhead movements
- Sports performance is getting worse due to musculoskeletal pain
Common Sports-Related Conditions
Regardless of a person's athletic ability, age, or dedication to their sport, they are at risk for injury when they are active. In the knee and shoulder, repetitive stress injuries are common. Other common sports-related orthopedic injuries include sprains, fractures, or joint pain caused by twists, collisions, or falls on the playing field.
Many of the injuries sports medicine specialists encounter can be addressed using a nonsurgical treatment, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medicines, and steroid or plasma injections. However, some injuries, like those resulting from severe trauma or an overuse injury that has gone untreated for too long, could require a surgical solution.
Common issues your doctor may diagnose include:
- Ankle sprain
- Cartilage injury
- Labral injury
- Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Ligament tear
- Medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Rotator cuff tear
- Tendon tear
Specialized. In Sports Medicine Care.
As the only subspecialty-trained orthopedic group in Montgomery and Wetumpka, at Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, all of our fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons strive for excellence in patient-centered care. As part of this dedication, our sports medicine specialists are highly experienced in successfully treating patients who are experiencing debilitating musculoskeletal pain. They have obtained years of specialized medical training, followed by decades of combined clinical experience treating patients just like you.
Our fellowship-trained, board-certified sports medicine surgeons, Dr. Charles Hartzog and Dr. G. Dexter Walcott, provide individualized treatment plans using advanced, evidence-based nonoperative treatment options as well as a range of surgeries with state-of-the-art surgical techniques.