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Sports Medicine

Orange County Sports Medicine Therapists

Here at Physical Therapy Specialists, our sports medicine physicians offer advanced, non-surgical treatments for sports medicine injuries. Combining cutting-edge technology with manual orthopedic care, our physical therapists are leaders in Orange County when it comes to getting athletes back in action as soon as possible.

What is Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine injuries are typically associated with tissue damage that occurs during athletic activities. The tissues usually damaged are ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Due to the high-stress loads on these tissues during sports, injuries will typically occur around joints that have more range of motion such as the ankle, knee, and shoulder.

These injuries include ankle sprains, ACL sprains/tears, meniscal tears, tennis elbow, rotator cuff sprains, shoulder dislocations, and various muscle strains in the hip and upper thigh. Treating damaged tissue often requires a variety of modalities to control swelling and pain, and minimize muscle and joint stiffness. Ultrasound, electrical stimulation, laser therapy, massage, iontophoresis, cryotherapy, and strapping may all be used during the initial stages of treatment. Techniques such as taping and unloading are often required to minimize tissue stress and promote healing. Damaged tissues will typically require 6-8 weeks to heal. While they may be healed they are too weak to get back to previous levels of activity and performance. That’s why additional time is required to strengthen the tissue in order to prepare it for the increased stress of athletic exertion.

Sports medicine also includes movement analysis and training in sport-specific movements so the athlete is able to load the tissue properly without re-injury. A return to sports or athletic activity will require certain criteria and goals be met by the athlete before they can get back to a competitive level of performance.

Common upper-body injuries and ailments treated by sports medicine are:

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff tears and sprains
  • Shoulder blade weakness
  • Elbow tendnitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfers elbow

Lower extremity issues include:  

  • Hip bursitis
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Ligament sprains of the knee such as MCL, ACL, or PCL
  • Patella-femoral dysfunctions
  • Knee tendonitis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Achilles tendonitis

The guys at PTS are amazing. I had ACL reconstruction and these guys got me up and going strong again. I wasn’t able to be there as long as I wanted to be due to moving out of state but they got me back stronger then I expected and back to teaching MMA and sparring. This is the place to be for your recovery!!!! – Rick Sexton (MMA Trainer/Fighter)

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Sports Injury Treatment

Sports Injury treatments typically focus on reducing the swelling and inflammation of muscles, protecting the muscles from further damage, and retraining the muscles to support the damaged area. Our sports injury therapists help progressively strengthen the joints and muscles so that you are able to return to your activity or athletic competition. The goal of sports medicine treatment is to restore athletic performance while improving speed, agility, balance, coordination, and explosiveness. We’ll get you back on the field at your highest level as soon as possible.

Cutting Edge Technology Meets Corrective Exercise

There are a variety of different types of technology available to help accelerate the healing process.  The combination of technology with orthopedic manual therapy is how we get results faster than other traditional physical therapy approaches.

Who Benefits From Sports Medicine Treatment?

tennis-injuries-rehabAlthough football and basketball athletes immediately come to mind and are highly visible, many other types of athletes also benefit tremendously. Other athletes with sports medicine concerns are: golfers, soccer players, tennis players, surfers, skaters, bikers and performing artists (music and dance). Whether it’s gardening, running or golf, we can help you get to the top of your game!

Cutting-Edge Technology Meets Corrective Exercise

At PTS, our physical therapists and physicians are committed to providing sports injury prevention and treatment to people of all ages and fitness levels. Our sports medicine clinic offers innovative, advanced, non-invasive treatment options to get active individuals and athletes “back on the field” as soon as possible. Using a variety of different types of technology, combined with orthopedic manual therapy we get results faster than other, more traditional, Orange County physical therapists. Call us today at 714-528-9400 for a free screening.  

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