Eight Conditions a Sports Medicine Specialist Treats

 Eight Conditions a Sports Medicine Specialist Treats

Do you love to exercise? Are you an athlete or a weekend warrior? These are just a few of the people who can benefit from working with a sports medicine specialist.

Whether you’re a fitness aficionado or you’re starting a new exercise plan, the field of sports medicine focuses on reducing your chances of injury and helping you maintain optimal physical fitness. That means they can help with numerous acute or chronic injuries so you don’t have to spend too much time on the bench.

Dr. Edward R. Dupay, Jr., brings his advanced training in sports medicine to Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida. Here are eight common conditions he treats at his practice in Fort Myers, Florida.

1. Broken bones

Anyone can break a bone, especially when they live an active lifestyle. Broken bones can vary in severity, from closed fractures that don’t break through the skin to compound fractures that put you at risk of infection. Every broken bone may be different, but Dr. Dupay can provide fracture care that helps you heal properly and avoid future problems, like arthritis.

2. Sprained ankles

Did you sprain your ankle? You’re not alone. Approximately 1 million ankle injuries occur annually, and more than 4 out of 5 are sprains. When you have a sprained ankle, you damage the strong, fibrous ligaments holding your ankle joint together. These injuries can vary in severity and require expert care to prevent recurring instability and additional injuries.

3. Joint injuries

A joint is anywhere two or more bones meet in your body. Examples of joints include your ankle, knee, wrist, and elbow. While any joint in your body can suffer damage, the most common joint injuries include sprains, strains, and dislocation. 

4. Dislocation

When you have a dislocation, the bones forming a joint get pulled apart. This sports injury occurs most often in the fingers and shoulders, but it can also occur in the elbows, hips, or knees. Depending on the area you dislocate, you can be at risk of recurrent dislocations. As a result, prompt and proper treatment plays a key role in avoiding ongoing issues.

5. Stress fractures

Did you know you can break a bone without experiencing a fall or obvious trauma? Instead, you can develop small cracks or weakened areas in your bones from overuse or stress. These breaks are very common in athletes, especially long-distance runners. They can occur in the heel, foot, shinbone, hip, and lower back. While stress fracture treatment often involves rest while your bones heal, Dr. Dupay can also help you take steps to resume training safely.

6. Tendonitis

Unlike a ligament that holds your bones together, a tendon connects your bones to muscles. When tendonitis occurs, you have irritation or inflammation in a tendon because of overuse.

The most common areas that develop tendonitis involve the elbows, shoulders, knees, and ankles. These sports injuries typically occur from activities like swimming, pitching, golfing, or tennis. You can also get tendonitis in your knee from repetitive jumping or running.

7. Carpal tunnel syndrome

We know what you’re thinking — sports don’t include computers or typing! That may be true, but you could still be at risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when the median nerve passing through the wrist becomes compressed, causing tingling, numbness, and weakness in the fingers or hand. While several factors can play a role in carpal tunnel syndrome, any activity that puts strain on the median nerve can trigger symptoms, including gripping a tennis racket.

8. Cartilage damage

Cartilage is a type of connective tissue that keeps your joints healthy and moving smoothly. Unfortunately, cartilage is also susceptible to damage from overuse or injury. When this occurs, you can experience pain, swelling, and instability, as well as crackling, grating, or popping sensations whenever you move.

The most common area to experience cartilage damage is the knee, often because of twisting and pivoting. However, you can also develop problems in the ankle, hip, and shoulder.

If you have any of these sports injuries, Dr. Dupay can help. But you don’t have to wait for an injury to schedule an appointment. 

Contact Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida to learn more about sports medicine by calling us at 239-768-2272 today.

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