Orthopedic Sports Medicine Is a Prime Focus at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic’s Reno, NV, Location
Orthopedic sports medicine is a broad field aimed at assisting individuals at any stage of athleticism, including amateurs who are looking to begin training for the first time, athletes who are currently playing but seeking ways to better their performance, and former competitors who require treatment for injuries sustained on the field. The specialists at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic’s Reno, Nevada, location have experience treating athletes at all levels of this spectrum, and can help you with your training and recovery.
Our Sports Physicians
A review of the Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic members’ qualifications demonstrates that orthopedic sports medicine is a prime focus at our Reno, NV, office. Many of our specialists—including Jeffrey R. Cummings, MD, FAAOS; Michael R. Edmunds, MD, FACS, FAAOS; Paul J. Fry III, MD, FAAOS; Rueben Nair, MD; and James Sobiek, MD—focus their practice on sports medicine. Some of our experts have even served as physicians for the U.S. Ski Team. We also have physical and occupational therapists on staff who are qualified to assist you with any necessary therapy or rehabilitation.
Some of the conditions that our athletic specialists commonly treat include the following:
- ACL/MCL/UCL tears – The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) are located within the knee joint, while the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is located within the elbow joint. Tears like these can often be treated conservatively, although surgery to repair or replace the damaged ligament may be necessary under certain circumstances.
- Arthritis – Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis (there are more than 100 different types and related conditions), is often treated conservatively. However, joint repair or replacement surgery is sometimes required.
- Bursitis – Bursitis, which refers to the irritation or inflammation of a bursa sac, is generally treated with conservative techniques but sometimes requires the removal of fluid using a needle (surgery is rarely necessary).
- Dislocations – Dislocations generally require closed reduction, which involves manually easing the bones back into place. If the affected bones need to be realigned, or if the surrounding ligaments and tendons need to be tightened, surgery may be required.
- Fractures – Although many fractures can be treated with just a cast, surgically inserting plates, pins, rods, or screws is sometimes necessary.
- Frozen shoulder – While surgery is rarely needed to treat frozen shoulder, in the event that it is necessary, it can typically be performed arthroscopically.
- Rotator cuff tears – If conservative treatments fail to provide sufficient relief, surgery for a rotator cuff tear may involve smoothing or trimming the rotator cuff tendon (in less severe cases), or repairing the tear and reattaching the tendon to the humerus (in more severe cases).
- Runner’s knee – The majority of runner’s knee cases are treated without surgery, but in rare cases a lateral release may need to be performed.
- Sprains and strains – Surgery is generally indicated only when the ligament (in the case of a sprain) or the muscle (in the case of a strain) is completely torn.
- Tennis elbow – Also known as “tendinitis,” tennis elbow can typically be treated without the need for surgery. However, it’s important to promptly and properly treat tennis elbow, since failing to do so could lead to a more serious condition that requires surgical intervention.
Get the Help You Need
If you’re in need of an orthopedic sports medicine specialist in Reno, NV—whether you’re just beginning your sports career, a retired athlete, or anywhere in between—please contact us to schedule an appointment. Our experts have the qualifications and experience necessary to provide you with the treatment you need.