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Sports Medicine Specialist

Performance Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons located in Shrewsbury, Toms River, & Wall Township, NJ

Sports medicine does an exceptional job of getting competitive athletes back in the game, but this field of medicine isn’t just for the pros; it’s for anyone who suffers an injury while engaged in an activity they enjoy. David Dickerson, MD, and the team at Performance Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine specialize in developing a customized treatment that restores your optimal strength and helps you prevent future injuries. To get comprehensive care for your injury, call the Wall Township, Toms River, or Shrewsbury, New Jersey, office, or book an appointment online.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine encompasses a broad range of services that support competitive athletes, as well as casual enthusiasts, weekend warriors, and anyone who enjoys sports activities. The team at Performance Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine specializes in injury prevention, rehabilitation, performance training, and the diagnosis and treatment of sports-related conditions and injuries.

When you seek the help of the sports medicine specialists at Performance Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, you can count on personalized treatment plans designed to reach your goals. Their goal is to help you recover as quickly as possible with optimal strength so you can return to your favorite sports.

What types of injuries do sports cause?

While you can be in excellent shape and still suffer an accident, your risk of a sports injury is higher if you don’t warm up properly, you use improper technique, or you suddenly increase the intensity of your training.

The team at Performance Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine frequently treat sports injuries such as:

  • Ankle sprains
  • ACL tears
  • Meniscus injuries
  • Tennis or golf elbow
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shin splints
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Runner’s knee

Overuse injuries are another common problem Performance Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine treats. These injuries develop gradually as you frequently repeat the same movement. Every time you engage in a sports activity, your muscles naturally develop tiny injuries. If you don’t give these micro-tears enough time to heal, they develop into a full tear.

How are sports injuries treated?

The team at Performance Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine develop a customized treatment based on the type of injury, how bad it is, and other variables such as your age and activity goals. Most treatment plans, however, include giving the injury time to heal by temporarily modifying your activities. More severe injuries require immobilization with a brace, splint, or cast.

With the possible exception of a minor injury in a person who’s only a causal athlete, virtually all sports injuries need physical therapy or structured exercises. Everyone can benefit from rebuilding strength, flexibility, and balance. Physical exercise also helps you heal by boosting blood circulation.

If you suffer an injury severe enough to need surgery, minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery may be possible, depending on the location and type of injury.

If you need treatment for a sports injury, call Performance Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine or book an appointment online.