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About Sports Medicine at Cascade Orthopedics

Participating in sports or regular physical activity is good for your body and your health. However, these activities may also put you at greater risk of injury. Cascade Orthopaedics in Auburn and Bonney Lake, Washington, specializes in sports medicine. The experienced team cares for athletes and active individuals, preventing and treating sports injuries. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is a subspecialty of orthopaedic medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries that occur during physical activity.

When you participate in sports or engage in regular physical activity, you place extra stress on your body that puts you at greater risk of developing an injury. 

Sports medicine physicians focus on providing care that helps active individuals heal from their injury as quickly and safely as possible so they can get back to their sport or usual level of activity.

What injuries does sports medicine treat?

Sports medicine at Cascade Orthopaedics treats all types of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.

Some of the sports injuries and conditions treated at Cascade Orthopaedics include:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries
  • Medial collateral ligament injuries
  • Fractures
  • Knee cartilage injuries
  • Meniscal tears
  • Nerve compression injuries
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Shoulder separation
  • Sprains and strains
  • Elbow disorders (e.g., tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow)
  • Tendinitis
  • Shin splints
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Groin injuries
  • Hamstring injuries

When left untreated, a sports injury may worsen and delay your recovery. An untreated sports injury may also turn into a chronic pain condition that affects your daily life. 

What can I expect during a sports medicine evaluation?

You can expect a patient-centered exam during your sports medicine evaluation. The team at Cascade Orthopaedics asks detailed questions about the sport you play, your usual workout routine, and your expectations for care.

They also review the details of your injury, including how it happened and your symptoms.

The experienced orthopaedic team performs a physical exam and runs on-site imaging tests to diagnose your injury and determine severity.

What are sports medicine treatments?

Your sports medicine treatment plan is customized based on your diagnosis, severity of your symptoms, and your usual activity level. Treatment may include rest, physical therapy, orthotics, or surgery.

Cascade Orthopaedics also offers pain management treatments, including injections that may ease the discomfort from your injury so you can participate in physical therapy to promote healing.

When performing surgery, the orthopaedic surgeons at Cascade Orthopaedics use minimally invasive arthroscopic or endoscopic techniques to reduce incision size and recovery time.

Your doctor works closely with you, designing a treatment plan that gives you the best possible results so you can safely return to your sport. The team also provides recommendations to prevent future injuries.

To schedule your sports medicine evaluation, call Cascade Orthopaedics, or book an appointment online today.