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Sports Injuries Specialist

Central Oregon Spine & Sports, LLC

Pain Management & Sports Medicine located in Bend, OR

Exercise is an essential part of staying healthy, but sometimes physical activity can result in injury. Philip Wallace, MD, and the skilled team at Central Oregon Spine & Sports, LLC, in Bend, Oregon, can treat a variety of sports injuries and help you return to your active lifestyle. To seek treatment for a sports injury, call the office or book online today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are sports injuries?

You don’t need to be an athlete to suffer sports injuries. These musculoskeletal injuries can happen during any type of physical activity, from backcountry skiing to wrestling with your grandchildren.

Some sports injuries occur due to specific traumatic events, such as a slip or fall. Others are the result of prolonged stress from repetitive movements, such as throwing a baseball.

The team at Central Oregon Spine & Sports, LLC has specialized training in sports medicine and offers the most advanced treatments for all types of sports injuries. Whether you suffer from shoulder pain, knee pain, or another injury, they can create a customized treatment plan to address your specific needs.

What are the most common sports injuries?

Different activities tend to produce different types of joint problems. The most common sports injuries include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Knee injuries, such as an ACL tear
  • Shoulder injuries, such as a rotator cuff tear
  • Tennis or golfer’s elbow
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Bone fractures

Your provider thoroughly evaluates your condition to discover the root cause of your pain. Then, they work with you to restore normal movement to the joint and prevent future injuries.

Who gets sports injuries?

Anyone can get a sports injury, but they’re more common in younger adults and children. One study found that 8.6 million people between ages 5-24 experience a sports injury every year.

Contact sports, such as football and basketball, are more likely to cause sports injuries than sports that don’t involve contact, like running or swimming.

How do you diagnose and treat sports injuries?

To diagnose your sports injury, your provider performs a thorough physical exam and reviews your medical history. They may take imaging tests, such as an MRI, to confirm a diagnosis.

Then, they create a personalized treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and help you return to your normal activities as soon as possible. Your Central Oregon Spine & Sports, LLC physician always begins with the most conservative treatments for sports injuries, such as physical therapy and stretching.

Depending on your needs, they may recommend other therapies, such as:

  • Trigger point injections
  • Nerve block injections
  • Facet joint blocks
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Regenerative medicine

For severe injuries, your provider may recommend surgery to repair the injury. 

If you suspect you have a sports injury, call Central Oregon Spine & Sports, LLC, or book an appointment online today.