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Sports Injuries Specialist

Valdosta Orthopedic Associates

Spine & Sports Medicine & Orthopedics located in Valdosta, GA

Sports injuries can significantly impact your health and your ability to participate in the activities you enjoy. At Valdosta Orthopedic Associates in Valdosta, Georgia, the team offers patient-centered care for a wide range of sports injuries. Led by a team of board-certified physicians, the team provides several conservative treatments and surgical procedures at their on-site surgical center. To speak with a doctor about your sports injury, call or book online today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are the different types of sports injuries?

Common sports injuries include:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Fractures
  • Tendinitis
  • Knee injuries
  • Swollen muscles
  • Muscle strains
  • Shin splints
  • Dislocations
  • Rotator cuff injuries

Sports injuries can happen due to a fall, forceful impact, or twisting/rolling your foot or ankle. While some sports injuries occur suddenly, others can develop gradually over time. 

Issues like repeated stress and overuse can cause damage to your tissues resulting in various types of injuries. 

Certain conditions like fractures, tendinitis, and Achilles tendon injuries can worsen without proper treatment, so it's important to seek medical attention when you notice symptoms. 

What are the symptoms of a sports injury?

Symptoms can vary depending on the type and severity of your sports injury. Some common symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Weakness
  • Redness
  • Visible deformity
  • Sudden or severe pain
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain that increases with activity

Symptoms of a sports injury can range from mild to severe. If you experience severe symptoms or they haven’t improved with at-home care, the specialists at Valdosta Orthopedic Associates can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

How are sports injuries diagnosed?

Your doctor begins your diagnosis with a physical exam and a review of your medical history. You also discuss your symptoms and the details surrounding your injury. 

In many cases, your doctor performs imaging tests like an X-ray or MRI. Valdosta Orthopedic Associates offers in-office diagnostics so you can receive an accurate and timely diagnosis without having to travel to another facility. 

Once your doctor completes your diagnosis, you both discuss the most effective ways to relieve your symptoms and restore your health. 

What treatments are available?

Care for your sports injury depends on your diagnosis. Valdosta Orthopedic Associates offers several conservative treatments like:

  • Braces, splints, or casts
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)

The team also offers several surgical procedures at their on-site surgical center. 

Whether you’re a student-athlete or a weekend warrior, Valdosta Orthopedic Associates can help you find the right treatment for your condition. The team includes two sports medicine physicians committed to improving and protecting your health. 

To determine which treatment is right for your sports injury, schedule an appointment by phone or online today.