Mercer-Bucks Orthopedics
Mercer-Bucks Orthopedics

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About Sports Medicine

If you play sports, run marathons, or are a “weekend warrior,” you can see one of our sports medicine physicians to help reduce your chance of injury. At Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics, the board-certified orthopaedic specialists offer sports medicine to athletes of all ages and experience levels. To make an appointment in Hamilton, Lawrenceville, and Princeton, New Jersey, or Langhorne, Pennsylvania, call the nearest office or book online today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is an orthopaedic specialty focused on diagnosing, treating, and preventing activity-related injuries. If you play sports, run, or lift weights, you’re also more likely to experience sprains, strains, and other similar injuries.  

Sports medicine provides treatment of injuries, but it also educates you on how to reduce their incidence in the first place. If you want to remain active and pain-free, request your sports medicine consultation at Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics (MBO) today.

What types of injuries does sports medicine treat?

At MBO, the orthopaedic specialists treat various sports injuries, including:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Joint pain
  • Swollen muscles
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations

You might also benefit from sports medicine if you experience back pain or foot and ankle pain.

What happens during a sports medicine appointment?

At MBO, the orthopaedic specialists tailor treatment options to your individual needs.

First, your provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when they started, if they’re worse during certain activities, and if they keep you from falling asleep at night. 

Next, your provider conducts an exam. They have you do a series of simple tests during the exam to check your muscle strength, flexibility, and range of motion. If these tests don’t provide insight into your condition, they might also order blood work or diagnostic imaging, like X-rays.

After making a diagnosis, your provider develops a custom treatment plan that relieves the pain, enhances your mobility, and reduces the risk of additional complications.

How does sports medicine treat injuries?

Treatment of a sports injury depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your daily life. Usually, the specialists at MBO recommend minimally invasive treatments, like ice, rest, or physical therapy. If your symptoms don’t improve, you might benefit from surgery. 

After your body heals, your provider can even help you prevent future injuries by recommending strength and flexibility exercises. 

What can I do to reduce the risk of a sports injury?

If you want to reduce the risk of a sports injury, the orthopaedic specialists at MBO recommend:

  • Warming up before exercise
  • Cooling down after exercise
  • Using the proper technique
  • Wearing the necessary safety equipment
  • Listening to your body

To learn more about the benefits of sports medicine, make an appointment at Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics by calling the nearest office or booking online today.