Sports Medicine Q&A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is a specialized area of health care that focuses on treating and preventing injuries in active people. The providers aim to help people recover from their injuries as quickly and safely as possible. Sports medicine physicians also work closely with athletes and active individuals to prevent sports injuries. 

When do I need sports medicine?

Anyone with a sports injury needs sports medicine. Sports injuries can occur while playing indoor or outdoor sports or exercising. These injuries may occur from an accident, poor training, or improper use of equipment. If you have an injury that’s keeping you from your active lifestyle, Dr. Stubbs can help.

What types of injuries benefit from sports medicine?

Dr. Stubbs provides care for all types of sports injuries. Common sports injuries benefiting from sports medicine include:

  • Strains and sprains

  • Fractures

  • Tendonitis

  • Ligament tears

  • Tendon tears

  • Overuse injuries

These injuries may affect any part of your body, including your feet or ankles, knees, elbows, wrists, shoulders, or hips. 

What are sports medicine treatments?

Dr. Stubbs takes an individualized approach to care and customizes your sports medicine treatment plan based on your injury, severity of symptoms, and usual activity level. Sports medicine treatments may include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)

  • Activity modification

  • Bracing or splinting

  • Physical therapy at the on-site clinic

  • Anti-inflammatory medication

  • Injections

Most sports injuries heal with conservative care. However, if your sports injury fails to improve or you have a torn ligament, Dr. Stubbs may recommend surgery. 

How can sports medicine prevent sports injuries?

Physical activity increases your risk of developing a sports injury. If you have concerns about getting hurt, Dr. Stubbs can design a program that improves your fitness level and athletic performance and reduces your risk of injury. Your plan may include a personalized exercise program to improve overall muscle strength and a nutrition plan to support your nutrient needs for play and recovery.