Sports Medicine experts focus on the issue of injury arising from participation in sports and recreational activities. The first goal of sports medicine specialists at OrthoWilmington in Wilmington, North Carolina is to help rehabilitate the patient so they can go back to their favorite sport so they can enjoy it again. The second goal of a sports medicine doctor and clinic is to educate the patient to prevent a recurrence. This can include education on how to play sports safely, and strengthening the body, muscles and joints to withstand the demands of the sport.
Sports Medicine Physicians
About Sports Medicine at OrthoWilmington
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.
The needs of the older athlete
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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