Sports Medicine

Desert Wells Family Medicine

Family Medicine located in Queen Creek, AZ

If you have to stop exercising or playing sports due to an injury, it’s frustrating and upsetting. Fortunately, sports medicine treatments can ease pain, promote circulation, and speed up the healing process. The team at Desert Wells Family Medicine in Queen Creek, Arizona, regularly uses sports medicine techniques to help athletes return to the court or playing field. The practice also provides sports physicals so children can participate in a favorite activity. Call the office or click the online booking tool to make your appointment today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is a branch of health care that focuses on the treatment of athletes and other physically active people. 

The sports medicine specialists at Desert Wells Family Medicine help patients recover from injuries, prevent injuries, and promote overall wellness. 

Even if you don’t consider yourself an athlete, sports medicine can ease pain and encourage general mobility. 

What are the most common sports injuries?

The team at Desert Wells Family Medicine treats many types of sports-related injuries or related discomfort, including:

  • Sprains and strains 
  • Fractures
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Sprained ankle
  • Concussions
  • Ligament sprain, tear or strain

You might also benefit from sports medicine if you’re suffering from an overuse or wear and tear injury such as plantar fasciitis, osteoarthritis, or tennis elbow. 

Any type of musculoskeletal pain you experience during or after sports requires a sports medicine evaluation.

How does sports medicine treat injuries?

The team at Desert Wells Family Medicine develops a unique treatment plan for every sports medicine patient. 

Regardless of whether you’re an elite athlete or someone who enjoys playing basketball with friends, the goal of treatment is to diagnose the issue and develop a plan that helps you return to the court, gym, or playing field. 

The exact treatment for sports injuries depends on the source and severity of your problem, but whenever possible, the team uses conservative measures of care. 

For example, if you sprain your ankle or pull a muscle, the team might recommend participating in physical therapy, alternating between ice and heat treatments, or taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). 

If your injury is the result of wear-and-tear or a chronic ailment like arthritis, the team might recommend exercise modifications, joint injections, or utilizing splints or braces that ease pressure or improve your posture. 

For chronic shoulder, hip, ankle, or knee pain, surgical intervention may be necessary. The team can refer you to an orthopedic specialist who offers minimally invasive treatment techniques such as arthroscopy or joint replacement. 

Do you perform sports physicals?

Yes. If you have a child who participates in organized sports, they might need a sports physical. The team at Desert Wells Family Medicine conducts sports physicals. 

In addition to alerting you to potential health problems, your child’s practitioner can also provide tips and insights to limit their risk of injuries during the competitive season. 

For sports medicine services, call Desert Wells Family Medicine or click the online booking tool to make an appointment today.