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What are Sports Injuries?
UR Medicine's Treatments for Sports Injuries
Our Sports Medicine team offers the latest in medical and surgical care to prevent, evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate. We work closely with you to decide which treatment options are right for you.
To determine the full extent of your injury, we start with advanced diagnostic procedures such as:
- X-rays to find damaged, broken or dislocated bones, or to detect unhealthy bones with conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis.
- CT or CAT scans (computed tomography) using an x-ray sensing unit and a computer to get a more complete image than a flat x-ray can. The CT scan can show your doctors if you have any muscle or bone disorders, find the location of an infection, or locate internal injuries.
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to see your nerves, discs, spinal cord, tendons, ligaments, and muscles—all of the body parts that x-rays can’t see.
- CPT (compartment pressure testing) for leg pain that worsens with exercise.
- Bone scan if you might have a trauma or infection in the bone. A bone scan can locate damage, infection, and even cancer in the bone before an x-ray will reveal any problem.
- Bone Density Test (DEXA): If you have had an unusual number of fractures in a short period of time, this test will check for osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become fragile.
After we diagnose your condition, we help you decide which treatment approach will have the best results for you, including:
- Conservative treatments: Rest, medication, and physical therapy are often the most effective ways to treat an injury.
- Injection therapy: Some injuries respond well to medication applied directly at the point of injury. Our doctors use ultrasound to guide them to the exact right spot.
- Minimally invasive surgery: Using a tiny camera slipped through a small incision, our surgeons can see inside your injured joint. They watch their progress on a big screen while they repair torn tendons and ligaments, reshape bones, remove bone spurs, or remove fragments of cartilage.
- Complex surgery: When a major injury requires it, our surgeons use the most advanced techniques to repair and rebuild bones and joints, or replace joints when this is the best option.
What Sets Us Apart?
UR Medicine Orthopaedics & Physical Performance offers many programs to help you perform better in your sport while avoiding common injuries. Each program is based on research and then tested in the clinic to help ensure the best results.
Our specialty programs include:
- Physical Performance Training
- Active Release Technique (ART)
- Performance Psychology
- Dry Needling
Do you want to improve you performance in your sport—while avoiding common injuries? Learn more about our sports medicine specialty programs.
Injury Prevention Programs
Our injury prevention programs help people of all ages develop safer sports practices, whether they participate in organized sports or recreational sports or simply want to exercise for a healthier lifestyle.
Many injuries, particularly non-contact ones, are preventable. Most are due to inadequate physical conditioning, poor technique, or over-training or over-playing in a single sport.
UR Medicine is a proud participant in the Stop Sports Injury Campaign. To help keep kids in the game for life, STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) targets the sports that have the highest rates of overuse and trauma injuries.
We’re the official sports medicine provider for athletes from most of the area high schools and the preferred providers for athletes from local colleges and professional teams.
- High School Team Program
- College Team Program
- Professional Team Program
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