What's Included in Sports Medicine?

What's Included in Sports Medicine?

Most people know an orthopedist is a medical expert who can help with a problem pertaining to a joint like the hip, knee, or shoulder. But did you know that within this category is a sub-specialty known as sports medicine that can help treat injuries sustained during play and work on ways to prevent new ones? Sports medicine providers also offer advice on how to improve performance.

As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, Dr. Jeremy Woodson and our exceptional team provide state-of-the-art preventive care and treatments with proven track records of success at our office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We help everyone, including amateur and elite athletes, achieve their goals.

Sports medicine

Sports medicine addresses injury treatment and prevention in individuals who are active playing sports and exercising. Often sports medicine experts work with professional athletes, but they also treat children, teens, and adults who want to resume their physical activities as soon as possible after an injury or to prevent future issues.

Types of injuries

The joints, bones, and soft tissues can be affected by injuries related to sports or overuse. Some of the common areas include the knee, foot, ankle, hip, and shoulder. The neck, hand, and wrist are other potential trouble spots.

Participating in a sport can lead to several problems ranging from a fracture, dislocation, strain, or sprain to tendinitis, bursitis, runner's knee, tennis elbow, and more. Injuries can happen at any time, but some common sports where injuries are common are football, basketball, soccer, baseball, and hockey.

Treatment options

While no one wants an injury, the good news is there have never been more cutting-edge treatments available than there are today. In some cases, care may consist of a relatively simple supportive therapy like orthotics to improve foot alignment or a brace for additional support. 

Physical therapy and joint injections can also help many people. Even a serious injury like a tear in the rotator cuff, meniscus, or anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can often be treated using a minimally invasive procedure.


A sports medicine specialist, like the members of our medical team, can also offer guidance on how to stay healthy and improve performance. Information about warming up, cooling down, and stretching are discussed as well as the importance of listening to your body. Tips such as adding strength training to the workout regimen and eating a healthy diet can mitigate your risks as well.

Whether you're injured and seeking recovery or are looking to improve your performance, call our office today at 405-233-3602 for an appointment to learn how a sports medicine specialist can help. You can also book your appointment online.

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