Sports Medicine / Arthroscopy
Sports medicine is a subspecialty of orthopedics focused on helping injured patients get back to activity as quickly and safely as possible. Sports medicine specialists typically undergo fellowship training to treat injuries typically sustained by more active patients, including tendon and ligament injuries. If surgery is needed, sports medicine specialists are typically trained in minimally invasive techniques like arthroscopic surgery.
Dr. Timothy Neary, Dr. Erik Krushinski, and Dr. Kurt Larson are our sports medicine specialists at Orthopedic Specialty Clinic. All three of our sports medicine specialists completed fellowship training in sports medicine. Additionally, Dr. Neary is experienced in arthroscopic surgery, fracture treatment, and joint replacement; in fact, he is one of the only surgeons in the Fredericksburg area offering hip arthroscopy to treat sports-related injuries. Dr. Neary worked with several college-level athletes and Division 1 teams during his fellowship, and currently treats athletes from many of the high schools in our community. Dr. Krushinski has also worked with several athletic teams on the college and professional level, and he and Dr. Larson also specialize in joint replacement, as well.
What Does a Sports Medicine Specialist Treat?
Sports medicine specialists treat injuries like sprains, strains, fractures, tendonitis, and cartilage injuries. Though not an exhaustive list, some of the most common injuries our specialists treat include the following:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Shoulder instability
- Labral tears of the shoulder and hip
- Shoulder and hip Impingement
- ACL injuries
- Patellar tendon injuries
- Meniscus injuries
- Cartilage injuries
Who Should See a Sports Medicine Specialist?
Though the term “sports medicine” would seem to imply that this type of specialist only sees serious athletes, anyone with the injuries described above can see a sports medicine specialist. Dr. Neary, Dr. Krushinski, and Dr. Larson see patients that range from high school and college-level athletes to weekend warriors and moderately active patients.
Sports medicine specialists are trained to help patients recover from injuries and work toward getting back to a more active lifestyle. For athletes, that includes getting back to sports activity whenever possible. However, even if your goal is just to be able to play golf on the weekends or get back to your normal exercise routine after an injury, our sports medicine specialists can help you recover and work toward those goals.
What Treatment Options Do Sports Medicine Specialists Offer?
Whenever possible, our specialists recommend nonsurgical treatments for sports injuries. Nonsurgical treatments may include bracing, casting, rest, anti-inflammatory medications or injections, and physical therapy.
If nonsurgical treatments are not helpful in returning the patient back to normal function, surgery may be considered. More severe injuries like torn ligaments or tendons will likely require surgery to restore stability for more active patients. When surgery is needed, our specialists are trained in minimally invasive surgical techniques like arthroscopy.
With an arthroscopic procedure, your surgeon uses a small camera called an arthroscope, which allows him to complete the procedure through smaller incisions. This can lead to quicker recovery times and less pain after surgery. Arthroscopy can be used to diagnose soft tissue injuries, repair torn tendons and ligaments, remove bone spurs and loose fragments of cartilage or bone in the joint, or trim away excess cartilage or bone. Arthroscopy can be used for shoulder, hip, and knee injuries. As one of the only surgeons in the Fredericksburg area offering hip arthroscopy, Dr. Neary often sees patients who need arthroscopy to treat hip injuries like labral tears.
How Does Sports Medicine Assist in the Recovery Process?
Physical therapy is a critical part of the recovery process for sports injuries. At Orthopedic Specialty Clinic, we have physical therapists on staff at both of our office locations. We also work with many other independent physical therapists in the Fredericksburg community. Our sports medicine specialists work closely with patients’ physical therapists and athletic trainers to help them progress in their recovery. Physical therapy begins with range of motion and strength-building exercise, then progresses to sports-specific activities as the patient gets further along in the recovery process.
Full recovery times can vary depending on the type and severity of the injury. Our goal is to help patients get back to the activities they want to do as safely as possible.
Sports Medicine in Fredericksburg, VA
Our sports medicine specialists, Dr. Timothy Neary, Dr. Erik Krushinski, and Dr. Kurt Larson, are fellowship trained in sports medicine. Though our specialists work with many local athletes and high school teams in our community, they also see non-athletes who simply want to return to their favorite activities after an injury. Our sports medicine team treats a full range of sports-related injuries in the shoulders, hips, and knees. If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, please call our office at (540) 361-1830 or use our appointment request form.