Just like the name implies, sports medicine focuses on athletes and their distinctive medical needs. Sports medicine doctors can help you recover from injuries or avoid them in the first place.

If you’re an athlete at any level, there’s a strong chance you’ll need to visit a sports medicine doctor at some point in your athletic career. Whether you’re a casual gymgoer or a professional athlete, you’re always at a bit of risk of a musculoskeletal injury happening when you engage in physical activity.

While there are plenty of steps you can take to minimize your injury risk, like warming up, cooling down, and using the correct movement techniques, some injuries happen anyway. When this happens, you can get in touch with our sports medicine team at North Point Orthopaedics in Crown Point and Munster, Indiana. Our specialists guide you through the examination and treatment phases of your care while helping you avoid future athletic injuries.

Diagnosing your injuries

Our sports medicine specialists have in-depth knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and can diagnose both acute injuries and chronic injuries that happen in sports. Chronic injuries are long-term damages that typically result from overuse: If you’re a golfer, you might obtain a chronic injury called golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis.

Acute injuries are the type of injury that happens suddenly and often very painfully. You might sprain an ankle during a basketball game, for example.

Our team specializes in diagnosing the injuries that happen often in sports and physical activities, including:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Bone fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Tendinitis

We at North Point Orthopaedics use highly advanced strategies to observe and assess your injuries. Beyond a diagnostic physical exam, X-ray imaging and other tests can also offer insight into your injury.

Providing orthopedic treatment

Perhaps the most important service you’re looking for when it comes to sports medicine is the treatment itself. Having an athletic injury holds you back from engaging in your sport or, in some cases, most forms of exercise. You need a specialist who can provide the initial treatment you need while supporting you throughout the rehabilitative process.

North Point Orthopaedics is here to help you make a complete recovery as soon as possible after you’re injured. Our experts routinely treat and rehabilitate sports injuries using:

  • Medications
  • Splints and casts
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgeries

Our team uses nonsurgical treatments primarily and reserves surgery for injuries that don’t get better with nonsurgical care. We use minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgeries to keep your recovery time, postoperative pain, and scarring to a minimum.

Getting ahead of the curve

You don’t have to be an athlete or even be injured to benefit from seeing a sports medicine specialist. Whether you’re just starting a new workout program or are looking to do so, our specialists can provide you with a preventive plan to keep injuries from happening in the first place.

Our team provides you with a detailed physical exam to verify that the sport or workout you plan to engage in is a good physical fit. They can go over the basics of athletic training and safety or provide you with nutritional advice to keep you healthy and strong. They can even give you a conditioning program to follow as you train for a particular sport or activity.

By following the advice of a seasoned expert in sports medicine, you’re far less likely to sustain an injury that can hold you back from your full potential.

Whether you have an athletic injury already or want to be sure to avoid one, call North Point Orthopaedics or schedule a visit online for sports medicine care today.

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