No athlete likes to be sidelined with an injury. One of the goals of Sports Medicine is to get an athlete back into action as soon as possible. Return to play refers to the point in recovery from an injury when an athlete is able to go back to playing sports at a pre-injury level. With the right game plan, from early diagnosis and treatment to full functional rehabilitation, procedures at NTXMSK safely accelerate your return to play.
When the body is worked hard, the muscles and connective tissue can develop small impingements, micro-tears, and strains. Skeletal structural misalignments occur. These subtle conditions affect performance and often lead to more serious injury. And, they generally are not detectable by imaging procedures.
A physician trained in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine is able to palpitate the tissue, locating conditions that prevent optimal physical function. Treatment of these physical restrictions allows the body to move more freely with greater range of motion in the joints. Optimal function of the body allows an athlete to achieve their highest level of performance.
Osteopathic Medicine focuses on the whole person—the total relationship of the body’s nerves, muscles, bones and organs, and the interrelationship of structure and function. This unique philosophy creates a natural approach to enhancement of athletic performance.
If an injury does occur, fast, effective healing is the primary objective. Many professional athletes are using Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to maximize their performance and heal quickly.
Basketball pro Stephen Curry underwent regenerative therapy with PRP to repair and strengthen the connective tissue in his sprained right knee during the first round of the 2016 NBA playoffs. Using plasma and platelets from his own body, PRP was able stimulate his body’s natural healing process. The result was repair and strengthening of the ligaments and tendons in his knee to help prevent further sprains. Curry also began a course in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMT), acupuncture, and use of custom orthotics to strengthen his weak ankles.
Common conditions of Sports Medicine include
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Ligament damage
- Labral tears
- Dislocated shoulder
- Tendinopathy of the elbow
- "Tennis Elbow", or lateral epicondylitis
- "Golfer's Elbow", or medial epicondylitis
- Meniscus & cartilage tears
- Ligament injury
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Groin pulls and strains
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Gluteal Tendonopathy
- Hamstring Strains
- Ankle sprain/strain
- Achilles tendonitis/-osis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Muscle or ligament strain
- Bulging or ruptured disks
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