Due to their dynamic nature, sports injuries require specialized methods of treatment. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a high school, college, or professional athlete and obtain an injury, you need to see a doctor with the highest level of training and experience in sports medicine.
At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our sports medicine doctors take a team approach to help you return to your favorite sports and activities. Our primary care sports medicine physicians can diagnose your injury and condition and offer you nonsurgical treatments, such as injections or therapy. And if nonsurgical treatments prove to be unsuccessful for you, our sports medicine surgeons can provide minimally invasive surgical options, such as arthroscopy. Our sports medicine doctors are trained in the treatment and care of sports-related injuries and conditions in all areas of specialty, from the foot and ankle to the shoulder.
When to Visit a Sports Medicine Physician or Surgeon Near You
It may be time to visit a sports medicine specialist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Inability to move injured limb without significant pain
- Inability to return to your chosen sport due to pain
- Inability to walk without severe knee pain
- Pain that is so severe you cannot sleep at night
- Shooting or stabbing pains
- Tingling or numbness in the hand or elbow that doesn’t go away
- Pain after a kick or other blow during sports
If any of these symptoms are familiar to you, you should make an appointment to see a sports medicine doctor. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our sports medicine specialists offer treatments for sports-related injuries and conditions that range from nonsurgical procedures to minimally invasive surgery.
Common orthopaedic conditions and injuries our sports medicine doctors can diagnose and treat include:
- Cartilage or ligament damage
- Joint injuries
- Joint instability
- Meniscus tears
- Muscle weakness
- Sprains and strains
- Tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis)
- Torn ACL or MCL
If your injury or condition is too painful and needs to be treated promptly, visit our walk-in Rapid Orthopaedic Care clinic for acute injuries every day of the week, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Why choose the Sports Medicine Center at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates?
Choosing the right doctor is important, and there are many different factors you should consider, including their level of professional training and expertise.
At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our physicians and surgeons have had additional training in a specific area of the body or medical specialty. For some, this additional training is referred to as fellowship training. Following their medical residencies, several of our providers have undergone fellowship training focusing their education specifically on the advanced knowledge and skills needed to treat specific areas of the body or injuries and conditions relating to a specific medical specialty, such as sports medicine. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, you are in excellent hands because our sports medicine physicians and surgeons, Dr. Zachary Abbott, Dr. L. Anthony Agtarap, Dr. Bradley C. Christ, Dr. Dominic Femiano, Dr. Tracy Hamblin, Dr. Thomas Helpenstell, Dr. Richard J. Lamour, Dr. R. Trent McKay, Dr. William Peterson, Dr. Stephen Snow, Dr. P. Brodie Wood, and Dr. Jerome Zechmann, are specialty-trained and have the advanced knowledge and skills to treat you individually to meet your needs.
To consult with our Olympia Orthopaedic Associates specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online or call (360) 709-6230. At our Sports Medicine Center, we offer consultations with a sports medicine doctor Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You can learn more about the conditions we treat through our patient education resources or our Online Guide to Sports Medicine that references specific topics relating to nutrition and fitness for athletes of all ages, including high school, collegian, weekend warrior, and professional athletes.
Sports Medicine Wellness Tips
Staying active, being proactive, and building healthy habits are key to preventing, reducing, or avoiding future joint pain. Here are some techniques you can use to help protect your joints while participating in sports and other activities:
- Try a Foam Roller: Foam rollers, which can now be purchased at many locations, such as drug stores, can help improve your muscle flexibility and reduce pain. Ask your sports medicine doctor about the types of techniques you should use to help keep your joints and soft tissues healthy.
- Strengthen Your Core: When you strengthen your core, it improves your posture. An improved posture, in turn, can help you avoid back pain. Find an abdominal workout that is designed to strengthen all areas of your core and, after you have built up strength, make sure to maintain your exercise program so you stay strong.
- Keep Up Your Momentum: If you consider yourself an athlete or active person, chances are you take better care of your health than most. However, be careful that as you focus on excelling at your sport, you do so wisely. That means being aware of your joints and making sure you aren’t overdoing it and causing joint damage. While you might not feel the pain right now, it could appear later.