04 Nov Helping You Stay In The Game – Sports Medicine at the Bone and Joint Institute
There’s a common misconception that sports medicine is a specialty that focuses only on high school, college and professional athletes. However, an active lifestyle doesn’t stop once you “retire” from your sport. Scott Arthur, M.D., a sports medicine specialist with the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee, says he sees all levels of athletes. “In the sports medicine field, we see everyone from professional athletes to kids to weekend warriors,” Arthur said. “When athletic injuries occur, no matter how minor, sports medicine specialists can often provide treatment early on to prevent bigger issues down the road.”
Common InjuriesThe Institute is equipped to treat a wide variety of athletic-related injuries, but Arthur says overuse injuries, like strains and sprains from repetitive motions, are the most common and easily treated. “We see a lot of individuals come into the Institute with overuse injuries like sprained ankles, strained knees and pulled hamstrings that are relatively minor and conservatively treated,” Arthur said. “However, our team of eight sports medicine specialists also handle injuries like torn ACLs and rotator cuffs, dislocated shoulders and knees, or fractures that require more intensive and sometimes surgical treatment.” In the event surgery is necessary to treat an injury, the Institute boasts state-of-the-art surgical technology, including CT-guided shoulder replacement and robotic-assisted hip and knee surgery systems. While surgical intervention and physical therapy are necessary for some injuries, Arthur says the Institute focuses on a preventive approach to treatment.
Preventive TipsNo matter the sport or athlete, Arthur says patients who play year-round sports are at a higher risk for overuse injuries. Taking at least three months each year away from the primary sport played to focus on a different activity is highly encouraged. Precautions should be taken to prevent common injuries. Arthur’s top suggestions include:
- Vary your workouts to prevent overuse
- Ramp up your workouts at a steady pace
- Focus on flexibility and stretching