Just like other injuries, sports injuries can cause pain in your hips, knees, shoulders, or elbows. The similarity ends there, however, because athletes have unique needs related to their sport and physical health. In his practice in Snellville, Georgia, renowned orthopedic sports medicine specialist Elan Golan, MD, offers the best in highly customized sports injury management. Call the office or click the booking tool to schedule online now.
A sports injury is any injury that develops during or as a result of sports. Some sports injuries involve trauma, while others develop with overuse. Dr. Golan treats many different types of sports injuries, in particular those involving the hips, knees, shoulders, and elbows.
Some of the sports injuries that Dr. Golan regularly treats include:
Knee injuries cause knee pain, instability, swelling, bruising, and other problems. Some of the most common knee-related sports injuries include anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tears, and meniscus tears.
Sports injuries of the shoulder cause shoulder pain, weakness, instability, reduced range-of-motion, and other issues. Some common shoulder-related sports injuries include rotator cuff injuries and labrum damage.
Sports injuries affecting the elbow tendons and ligaments can cause elbow pain and stiffness, which often radiates down the forearm. The most common sports injuries in the elbow include tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, and ulnar collateral ligament tears (leading to ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, also known as Tommy John surgery).
Sports injuries of the hip commonly cause hip pain, stiffness, and limited flexibility. Common examples include labrum tears, hip flexor strains, femoroacetabular impingement, and hip bursitis, among others.
Many other kinds of sports injuries may occur, including fractures, dislocations, and other problems. So if you suspect a sports injury, it's important to see Dr. Golan for a diagnosis as soon as you can.
Dr. Golan customizes sports injury treatment to the individual. He carefully considers your history, your symptoms, and the specific needs of your sports as he makes personalized recommendations.
In some cases, sports injuries improve after a course of nonsurgical rehabilitation, including rest, immobilization, physical therapy, and pain relief. However, in some cases your body simply can't regenerate or repair tissue like ligaments, or the damage is too severe for a nonsurgical treatment plan.
In those situations, Dr. Golan can perform a situation-specific surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive surgical procedures with tiny incisions. Dr. Golan is one of only a few surgeons in the Atlanta area to use state-of-the-art surgical innovations like membrane-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation (MACI), which helps you regrow your own cartilage.
If you're looking for the very best in sports injury treatment, contact fellowship-trained orthopedic sports medicine specialist Elan Golan, MD, by phone or through online scheduling now.