The branch of orthopaedics known as sports medicine includes the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of injuries related to sports and/or exercise. From training elite professional and collegiate athletes to treating weekend warriors of all ages who want to stay active, OrthoWilmington is a leading sports medicine specialist.
Our comprehensive sports medicine care includes both surgical and non-surgical treatment. When surgery is indicated for a sports injury, we offer both traditional and arthroscopic procedures, and are a recognized leader in many newly developed surgical techniques that are much less invasive than traditional approaches, allowing patients to recover and resume activity much sooner.
Many OrthoWilmington physicians and physician assistants are sports medicine specialists, and our four physical therapy centers are staffed with dedicated therapists who are very experienced in helping patients recover from sports-related injuries. We also offer certified athletic trainers whose expertise includes injury prevention and helping athletes achieve peak performance.
OrthoWilmington takes pride in supporting the many communities we serve. We enthusiastically support Girls On The Run and Stride, organizations that promote physical fitness and positive character development in school-aged children, as well as serving as team physicians for many professional, collegiate and high school athletic teams in our area. Our physicians and staff also volunteer countless hours with civic organizations, medical missions and other non-profit causes.
Below are the most common surgeries performed by our sports medicine specialists at OrthoWilmington:
Knee Arthroscopy for Meniscal (Cartilage) Tears
Knee Arthroscopy for Loose Bodies
Knee Arthroscopy for Dislocating Kneecaps
Knee Arthroscopy for Arthritis
Arthroscopic Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
Multi-ligament Knee Reconstruction
Open Reconstruction for Dislocating Kneecaps
Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repairs
Open Rotator Cuff Repairs
Total Shoulder Replacements
Resection of Distal Clavicle for Arthritis
Manipulation and Arthroscopic Releases for Frozen Shoulder
Arthroscopic Stabilization for Dislocations
Open Stabilization for Dislocations
Operative Fixation of Clavicle Fractures
Operative Fixation of Proximal Humeral Fractures
Tennis Elbow Release
Golfer's Elbow Release
Repair Biceps Tendon Ruptures at Elbow
Cubital Tunnel Releases (Ulnar Nerve at Elbow)
Elbow Arthroscopy for Loose Bodies, Arthritis
Releases for Stiff Elbows
Ligament Reconstruction for Loose Elbows
Operative Fixation of Elbow Fractures
Operative Fixation of Forearm Fractures
More than 1 million Americans each year end up in Emergency Rooms and orthopedic clinics with injuries stemming from recreational activities. The fact that people are participating in sports and recreational activities is not the problem. Movement is great for the body, and essential to maintain a healthy heart. The problem arises when athletes push themselves too hard and strain a muscle, tendon, ligament or joint, or create a fracture in a bone from a hard fall or impact from a contact sport like basketball or football.
Tennis players in particular experience routine problems with the repetitive pounding of feet and knees on a concrete tennis court, along with shoulder and elbow joint problems from hitting 120 mile per hour serves. Even tennis groundstrokes have changed over the years, requiring players to increase racquet speed to generate tremendous topspin from the baseline.
At OrthoWilmington, the sports medicine physicians team with internal physical therapists who together strive to get the person over their pain symptoms so they can ultimately return to their favorite sport. The physicians work with the professional athlete as well as the weekend warrior, to help the athlete recover fully so they can return to their sport.
Because Wilmington is a favorite locale for retirement and coastal living, the physicians at OrthoWilmington also have the challenge of helping the middle-aged and older athlete in the Carolinas region, who have special needs to return to activity. This can include dealing with arthritis and joint replacement issues for both the man or woman who wants to stay active into his 60s, 70s and 80s with tennis or golf. Today, all Americans want to enjoy an active retirement, along with the pleasure of social interaction on the golf course and tennis court.
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