Sports Medicine

Treatment for sports-related injuries is more specialized and sophisticated than ever before, and Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center prides itself on providing the most advanced care available. Student athletes, weekend warriors, and anyone else who maintains an active lifestyle benefit from recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of various sports injuries.

Sports medicine specialists are experts in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of common injuries that occur during sports or exercise. Overuse injuries and repetitive trauma can occur to the tendons, bones, and joints.

There are many things to consider in caring for an athlete beyond the diagnosis. This includes sport-specific rehabilitation and timing to get back on the field as soon as possible. We team with physical therapists who work closely with our physicians to speed recovery and treat the whole patient.

Sports medicine conditions we treat include:


Tendonitis: Inflammation of the tendon that can be caused by minor or serious injury to parts of the body. Tendonitis can affect the elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, thumb, and Achilles tendon. Symptoms include pain and a loss of range of motion. Treatment for tendonitis includes ice and anti-inflammatory drugs.


Sprains and strains: Sprains are injuries to ligaments while strains are injuries to muscles or tendons. Both are caused by physical stress, and can affect the ankle, knee, neck, wrist, back, legs, and hands. Symptoms include pain and swelling. Treatment for strains and sprains includes R.I.C.E (rest, ice, compression, elevation) or, in severe cases, surgery.


Dislocations: These occur when extreme force is put on a ligament allowing the bones to become disconnected.  Common Body Parts affected by Dislocations include the shoulder, knee, hip, and finger. Symptoms include pain, discoloration, deformity and immobility. Treatment requires returning a bone to its normal position.


Fractures: There are two types of fractures, or broken bones. Stress fractures are caused by repeated stress on the bone. Compression fractures result from osteoporosis, when bones lose calcium there are more susceptible to breaking. Fracture symptoms include swelling, discoloration, and pain. Treatment includes R.I.C.E (rest, ice, compression, elevation), medication, and a cast or splint.


Ligament injuries and tears: Ligaments are tough bands that connect bones. Stressing them can cause injuries, such as sprains and tears, which are often diagnosable only through thorough examination and, in some cases, arthroscopic surgery. Treatment includes physical therapy, bracing and surgery.


Alsharaf Orthopedic & Spine Center has on-site state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat sport conditions.