Sports Medicine Specialist

Center for Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Lake Charles, LA & Jennings, LA

The experienced sports medicine providers at the Center for Orthopaedics offer diagnosis and treatment of injuries like sprains, fractures, tendinitis, and joint dislocations at their Lake Charles and Jennings offices in Louisiana. The orthopedic surgeons, physical medicine specialists, and rehabilitation experts help student-athletes and adults recover and thrive as they return to their sports. If you’ve suffered a sports injury, call the office nearest to you now or schedule an appointment online.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine evaluates, diagnoses, and treats all kinds of sports-related injuries and conditions. At the Center for Orthopaedics, the experienced team of sports medicine specialists provides comprehensive care, including urgent orthopedic care and rehab services.

What are the most common sports injuries?

Sports injuries include traumatic injury as well as overuse and repetitive stress injuries. Some of the most common sports injuries are:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Muscle, ligament, and tendon tears
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
  • Meniscus tears and other meniscus damage
  • Fractures
  • Tendinitis
  • Joint dislocations

The Center for Orthopaedics team also treats arthritis in athletes. Although arthritis might not sound like a sports injury, many athletes suffer from post-traumatic arthritis. This form of osteoarthritis develops at the site of a sports injury, usually long after recovery.

When should I see a doctor for a sports injury?

When you suffer a sports injury, rest the injured body part immediately. If home treatments like ice packs and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication don’t completely relieve your pain within a few days, contact the Center for Orthopaedics.

If you suffer a traumatic sports injury that causes severe pain, swelling, or joint deformity, you’ll probably need urgent orthopedic care through OrthoExpress. At OrthoExpress, you can see an experienced orthopedic doctor within 24 hours of your injury Monday through Friday.

What sports medicine treatments are available?

The Center for Orthopaedics offers complete sports medicine care, with an emphasis on nonsurgical recovery whenever possible. The team tailors the treatment of your injury, the demands of your sport, and your personal needs.

Treatment usually starts with physical medicine and rehab. Pain medication, physical therapy, cortisone injections, and regenerative medicine treatments are all common choices for nonsurgical sports injury recovery.

If you need surgery, the Center for Orthopaedics’ skilled surgeons can repair ligaments, tendons, fractures, and other sports injuries. The goal is that once you’ve recovered, you can return to your sport with the full use of the injured body part.

The Center for Orthopaedics also offers athletic training to student-athletes. The experts work with coaches and student trainers to help them spot sports injuries, respond to possible concussions, and prevent injuries.

Learn more about the many sports medicine services at the Center for Orthopaedics by calling the office nearest you now or scheduling an appointment online.