Our specialty-trained sports medicine doctors at North Louisiana Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic are experts in providing experienced care for patients' sports-related injuries and conditions.
Sports medicine doctors are experts at treating serious athletes as well as people who participate in sports for exercise or enjoyment. Both groups are at risk for many of the same sports injuries and conditions, especially repetitive stress injuries. For instance, people who play racquet sports frequently, such as tennis, pickleball, or racquetball—regardless of whether they are a professional or playing just for recreation—are at risk for a repetitive stress injury known as tennis elbow.
Sports medicine specialists also see athletes with traumatic injuries, such as those who fall while participating in a sport or are accidentally knocked down by another player. Examples of these injuries include fractures, sprains, and knee and hip injuries.
A good sports medicine doctor understands it is always best to first consider any and all nonsurgical solutions that can help the patient. However, good sports medicine doctors also have the wisdom to know that some issues may be beyond what a conservative treatment can repair and that surgery is sometimes the best solution to restore a patient's health.
When It's Time to Seek Sports Medicine Care
Take note of the symptoms you are experiencing and communicate those to your doctor so they will have a better understanding of what may be happening. Here are just some of the symptoms that people with sports-related problems typically have:
- Abnormal joint sensations (grinding, cracking, or bone-on-bone)
- Audible popping sound when the joint was injured
- Joint tenderness
- Knee is locked
- Reduced range of motion in the affected joint
- Shoulder or hip pain
- Stiff joint or joints
- Stopped participating in your sport because of pain
If any of these symptoms describe your issue, it’s possible that you may have one of these medical conditions or injuries:
- Ankle sprain
- Fractured finger
- Golfer’s elbow
- Kneecap fracture
- Meniscus tear
- Overuse (repetitive stress) injury
- Shin splint
- Sprained wrist
- Strained hamstring
- Torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
Pain can have a negative effect on your life, leaving you unable to participate in everyday activities. If the pain and underlying condition remain untreated, there is a risk of further injury or damage occurring, which is why it's imperative to contact one of our sports medicine specialists and set up a consultation. Call us today at (318) 362-4411 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online.
Our doctors understand that some injuries require immediate attention. If your sports injury can't wait, visit our Orthopaedic After Hours Clinic at our main location in Monroe. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.
Expert Sports Medicine Care You Can Trust
Since 1951, our doctors have remained dedicated to providing specialized bone, joint, and muscle care to the communities of northeast Louisiana. They are backed by a knowledgeable and professional staff and are equipped with the latest resources, technology, and tools they need to deliver the very best orthopaedic care to all patients.
At North Louisiana Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic, our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. R. Brian Bulloch, Dr. Jeffrey Counts, Dr. White "Sol" Graves, Dr. Kristopher Sirmon, Dr. Timothy "Daven" Spires Jr., Dr. Timothy Spires Sr., and Dr. David Trettin, are experts at understanding the multitude of sports-related issues that exist and the most appropriate ways to treat them. Our sports medicine surgeons believe in exhausting all conservative treatments first before considering a surgical procedure. However, if our surgeons diagnose your damage as severe, they may recommend surgery and will educate you about the process, which includes what you need to consider, how you can prepare for surgery, and what you can expect during recovery.
Our specialty-trained physical therapists work closely with our sports medicine surgeons to provide each patient with a personalized treatment plan. Our expert therapists are dedicated to helping all patients return to their daily activities and sports quickly and safely, combining specific activities and exercises in ensuring that patients can restore joint and muscular function, strength, and range of motion.
If you have concerns about your sports injury, schedule an appointment to talk through your options with one of our expertly trained sports medicine surgeons by calling us at (318) 362-4411 or requesting an appointment online.