Sports Medicine Q&A
What is sports medicine?
Sports medicine involves orthopedic experts who evaluate, diagnose, and treat sports-related injuries. NEXGEN Orthopedics consists of orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jacobs, her surgical team, and rehabilitation therapists who work together to help your injury heal quickly.
What are sports-related injuries?
If you play competitive sports like soccer, football, or basketball, you’re at risk of sports-related injuries such as:
- Knee injuries
- Shin splints
- Swollen muscles
- Tendon or ligament tears
- Shoulder injuries
- Joint dislocations
- Sprains and strains
- Sciatica and other chronic pain
These and other sports injuries can sideline you and become more severe if left untreated. With quality care from the orthopedic specialists at NEXGEN Orthopedics, you can likely return to your favorite sports activities after you’ve healed.
What is the treatment for sports injuries?
The sports medicine treatment that best matches your needs depends on the type and severity of your injury. After a thorough physical examination and review of imaging tests if necessary,
Dr. Lloydine Jacobs may recommend:
If your injury is minor, it may heal on its own with proper at-home care. Dr. Jacobs might recommend rest, ice or heat therapy, elevation, or compression. She might also direct you to wear a brace until your injury heals.
Splints or casts
If you have a bone fracture, Dr. Lloydine Jacobs might recommend you wear a cast or splint until the bone heals.
A physical therapist associated with NEXGEN Orthopedics helps you stretch and strengthen injured muscles and joints and might instruct you to do at-home exercises to enhance healing.
Dr. Lloydine Jacobs might prescribe medications to ease pain or reduce inflammation while your sports injury heals.
Injections help reduce inflammation, ease pain, and enhance your body’s natural healing ability. Dr. Lloydine Jacobs offers cortisone, stem cell, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections using your own blood to speed up recovery without invasive surgery.
While surgery is often a last resort, Dr. Lloydine Jacobs realizes it’s sometimes the best way to fully restore muscle or joint function. She surgically repairs, reconstructs, or replaces joints while you’re under anesthesia so you don’t feel pain. After surgery, you’ll wear compression bandages or a brace, and complete rehabilitation exercises to maximize recovery.