Sports Medicine FAQs

Post Street Surgery Center is led by some of San Francisco’s leading orthopedic surgeons specializing in sports medicine. We follow a comprehensive and conservative approach to sports medicine, using physical therapy and non-surgical treatments to address the root cause of the athlete’s injuries and only resorting to surgeries in severe cases. Our orthopedic surgeons also help amateur and professional athletes develop sports injury prevention protocols, helping them avoid injuries altogether. This article answers the most common questions about sports medicine.

Which conditions can you treat with sports medicine?

Sports medicine can address most orthopedic conditions related to the musculoskeletal system, such as acute injuries, spinal injuries, and more. The most common sports injuries include fractures, lower back and neck sprains, osteoarthritis, overuse injuries, repetitive stress fractures, muscle sprains and strains, and sports-related concussions.

How does an orthopedic surgeon diagnose the condition?

Your orthopedic surgeon or sports medicine physician will perform a thorough evaluation to trace the root cause of your condition. They’ll discuss your symptoms, review your health history, run physical examinations, and finally perform imaging tests. The imaging tests include MRIs, CT scans, and digital X-rays, i.e., the most advanced diagnostic tests available.

These imaging tests provide detailed visuals of your musculoskeletal system, allowing the surgeon to identify the slightest anomalies, such as small cracks or fissures that may lead to your symptoms. A comprehensive evaluation allows the surgeon to curate a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and concerns.

How are sports injuries treated?

Post Street Surgery Center believes in conservative care for sports injuries, but our orthopedic surgeons can also perform surgeries for severe cases. We usually start with conservative treatments and progress to surgeries if all other methods fail to yield results. The specific therapy and treatment protocol depends on the type and level of injuries involved.

Subtle injuries, such as minor bruises, contusions, and sprains, can be treated with RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) and anti-inflammatory medications. However, moderate or severe injuries and fractures may involve specialized therapies or surgeries, depending on the surgeon’s diagnosis and recommendation.

How can I prevent sports injuries?

Sports injuries can usually be prevented by following a good pre-game regimen, which might involve stretching and strengthening the muscles and joints. The training should ideally be conducted under an athletic trainer or coach who is well-versed in the basics of sports medicine. You should also work with a sports medicine physician or orthopedic specialist.

You should also wear the appropriate safety gear during your game and use innovative strategies that prevent or mitigate injuries. Health and nutrition are also essential to maintaining optimal health and preventing sports injuries. However, the possibility of sports injuries can’t be written off even with the best precautions.

Scheduling your appointment

Please schedule an appointment at Post Street Surgery Center, San Francisco, to discuss your sports medicine options.

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