It takes heart, strength and spirit to become the best in any sport or athletic endeavor.
SportsMed-Wheaton Orthopaedics physicians and staff share a similar philosophy of care and dedication to helping our patients return to wellness.
When even the best of athletes get hurt, our sports medicine team works diligently to:
- Accurately evaluate and diagnose your injury
- Formulate a personalized treatment plan that meets your lifestyle and goals
- Restore your mobility so you can get back to being active and living well
Our Sports Medicine team offers orthopaedic services in a friendly, faith-based, comforting team environment. All SportsMed-Wheaton Orthopaedics physicians are board certified and provide comprehensive orthopaedic care for children and adults.
Common Sports Injuries
Most sport injuries consist of sprains, blisters, concussions, muscle pulls, cramps and tears. However, when it becomes more serious, our sports medicine team of board certified orthopaedic surgeons is ready to provide the right treatment and therapy to ensure your journey back to health.
This type of tear is a result of a direct force to the outside of the knee. Pain is felt outside of the knee and people report the feeling of the knee giving out. While the tear may heal on it’s own with rest and physical therapy, surgery may be needed to repair a severely damaged MCL.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and other ligaments in the knee connect the femur to the tibia and support the knee joint. This injury is an over-stretching or tearing of the ACL which causes the joint to become unstable and slide forward. Symptoms of an ACL tear are pain, swelling, tenderness and limited motion. While the tear may heal on it’s own with rest and physical therapy, surgery may be needed to repair a severely damaged ACL.
A common injury for athletes is a pulled hamstring. People who participate in sports that require sprinting (e.g. track, football or dancing) often have this injury. A pulled hamstring means a strain to muscles in the back of the leg. Symptoms include soreness, weakness and swelling. This injury responds well to treatment such as icing, rest and compression.
Shin splints usually are experienced after intense vertically pounding exercise such as running. Pain is often experienced along the inner part of the shinbone. Treatment plans include rest and ice packs on the painful area. To prevent this injury, stretching out legs before activity is recommended.
A stress fracture is a small crack in the bone. Fractures are caused by muscles being constantly used. When the muscles are sore and tired, they are vulnerable and unable to fully protect itself from impact and use. The tired muscle relies on the bone to take off some of the pressure thus producing cracks from the stress.
Tendonitis is caused from irritated and inflamed tendons. Tendons become swollen from overuse of muscles in tennis, swimming and baseball. Treatments include ice, rest and anti-inflammatory medicines.
Sports Medicine Treatments and Surgical Solutions
Our sports medicine team of board certified orthopaedic surgeons work diligently to employ the best surgical options with the least amount of disruption possible to your life. These include: