Sports Medicine Recovery Journal
Sports Medicine Recovery Journal
Dedicated to Helping Restore Active Lifestyles
Welcome to Sports Medicine Oregon where our goal is the restoration of active lifestyles for all ages. Our team of specialty-trained physicians takes pride in providing the community with the highest quality orthopedic care. Whether it is the professional athlete or the weekend warrior, we strive to provide timely and comprehensive care at our state-of-the-art facility which includes on-site X-ray, outpatient physical therapy, and an adjoining surgery center.
Common Ankle Injuries: How to Treat a Sprained Ankle
Whether you’re on the playing field or in the house, the occasional bump, bruise, sprain or pang is inevitable. These injuries may be sudden or the result of overuse and gradual wear and tear. Fortunately, less severe aches and pains may not require professional medical attention. In fact, many common injuries can be effectively treated with ice therapy, heat therapy, or a combination of the two. However, knowing when to use heat or ice and whether to use ice or heat first can be tricky. In this post, we will explain the proper at-home care for many frequently asked sports injury questions, such as how to treat a sprained ankle and whether you should use heat or ice for muscle strain. Before we jump into treatment, it’s important to understand the symptoms and causes of many typical sports injuries.
Common Ankle Injuries: How to Treat a Sprained Ankle
Around the house, on the playing field, or somewhere in between, many of us will suffer a sprained ankle or two in our lifetime. In fact, it’s been estimated that approximately 28,000 Americans sprain an ankle each day. Interestingly enough, while ankle sprains represent nearly 10 percent of all emergency room visits, roughly 68 percent of people who suffer from them do not seek professional medical treatment. Many individuals (especially athletes) are used to simply “walking it off” and may potentially return to play well before the injury has fully healed. This is truly unfortunate, because an ankle sprain may weaken the surrounding tissues, leading to ankle instability and increasing the chances of the injury occurring again in the future. A single severe sprain or a history of ankle sprains may set the stage for other conditions, including osteoarthritis, later in life. Of course, not all ankle sprains will require professional treatment, and there are many at-home remedies suitable for treating mild sprains. However, if a chronic condition does develop, it may require conservative care therapies or other treatments. At Sports Medicine Oregon, we specialize in a range of sprained ankle treatments and preventative care options, to keep athletes and other active individuals on the move.
Sports Medicine Oregon -- Part of the Timbers Army on and off the Field
At Sports Medicine Oregon, we’ve worked tirelessly over the years to make sure the members of the Portland Timbers remain healthy and competitive throughout the grueling MLS season. Our very own Dr. Edelson is Chief Medical Officer and Head Team Physician for the Portland Timbers. Additionally, Dr. Greenleaf and Dr. Murphy currently serve as team physicians for the soccer club. Dr. Hamilton is the consulting hand surgeon for the Timbers and Dr. Trimberger is the team physician for the Timbers T2 Team.
WHAT CAUSES ACHILLES TENDON PAIN?
The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the human body, capable of supporting loads up to 10 times our body weight! This reliable tendon, however, is susceptible to acute and overuse injury.Approximately one million athletes suffer some type of Achilles tendon injury annually and the number of Achilles tendon injuries is on the rise.Thanks to advances in conservative care options, more patients are utilizing non-surgical therapies to treat a host of Achilles tendon injuries. Whether you are dealing with tendonitis or an Achilles tendon tear, there are many rehabilitation strategies to choose from. Minimally invasive Achilles tendon surgery is only one of the treatments we offer at Sports Medicine Oregon.
What Is Carpal Tunnel?
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is one of the most common nerve conditions in the United States, currently affecting nearly five million workers around the country. Unfortunately, with the advent of the “digital age” and the rise of computer usage, a misconception has also risen that carpal tunnel is simply the result of typing and poor mouse ergonomics. However, a recent study has shown that those who frequently use a computer stand no greater risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome than less frequent computer users. Nonetheless, many repetitive stress injuries (RSI) like CTS have been linked to regular computer use. So who is at risk of developing this debilitating nerve disorder?
How Do You Know If You Need a Hip Replacement?
Today, hip replacement surgery is one of the most common elective surgeries in the United States, with more than 400,000 replacements performed annually. While the contemporary replacement surgery was popularized in the 1960s, we’ve seen a revolution in techniques over the past few decades, which minimize recovery times and pain after surgery. One of these increasingly popular newer techniques is the direct anterior hip replacement approach.
Common Shoulder Injuries: What You Need To Know About Superior Labral Tears
Over the past few years, we’ve seen a sudden increase in baseball and softball participation around the country. In fact, according to the MLB, more than 25 million Americans participated in baseball and softball in 2017. Unfortunately, due to the nature of pitching, the shoulder is often injured during throwing sports, and a SLAP tear is a particularly common pitching injury seen in sports medicine. In addition to overuse, a slap tear may also be the result of direct trauma, such as a hard fall or a car accident. What’s the underlying cause of your shoulder pain? In this article, we’ve gathered all the information you most need to know about labrum/SLAP tears. Let’s take a look.
How Do You Know If You Tore Your Meniscus?
The average person takes more than 5,000 steps every single day. Over the days, months, and years, these strides add up to thousands upon thousands of leagues quite literally under your knees. As you might imagine, this mileage can erode your joints, especially your beleaguered knees. Beyond this natural wear and tear, the knee joint is often injured during sports competitions, and meniscus tears are quite common.
Prevention Is The Best Sports Medicine: What Is Sports Medicine?
The human body is capable of incredible achievements, however, as we all know, we all have our own unique limitations (even if we don’t like to admit this). As the old adage goes, prevention is the best medicine. With this in mind, our sports medicine philosophy is simple: We are here to treat our patients not just their sports injury symptoms to empower all of our athletes to compete at the highest level on their own terms.
Recovering From Arthroscopic Surgery: What to Expect After Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
Arthroscopy is a very useful form of surgery that is used for the treatment of a number of problems. It is important to remember that every surgery may cause some limitations during the recovery period. The amount of damage, injury or disease in the joint will strongly influence the outcome of your arthroscopy and your recovery time.
Bicep Tenodesis Surgical Repair: What To Expect
Bicep tenodesis is a routine procedure. Nonetheless the prospect of surgery can be stressful for patients and loved ones prior to the procedure. That said, from presurgical anesthesia preparations to idiosyncrasies of the surgery itself, there are some basic concepts to understand beforehand. How long does a standard bicep tenodesis traditionally last? How long will you be monitored in the recovery room after the procedure?” We will answer those questions and others in this article.
Rotator Cuff Tear Surgery: What To Expect
Rotator cuff repair is a common procedure focused on mending cuff tears utilizing a series of anchors and sutures. While the procedure itself is routine the mere prospect of “going under the knife” can be daunting for patients in the days and weeks leading up to surgery. That said, from anesthesia considerations to specific wound care instructions, there are many concepts to familiarize yourself with prior to your scheduled appointment. When should you plan to start a physical therapy regimen? How long after surgery should you schedule your post-operative visit? We will answer those questions and others in this article.
ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Surgery Basics
You are having an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Surgical repair seeks to correct mechanical instability of the knee joint.