Sports Medicine Specialist

Barrington Orthopedic Specialists

Multi-Disciplinary Orthopedic Surgery Practice located in Schaumburg, IL

Sports medicine encompasses the full range of patients — young and old, athletes or not — who have sustained an injury when exercising. The physicians at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists have years of experience accurately diagnosing injuries then developing individualized treatment plans that help you heal, regain optimal strength, and prevent re-injury. To get help with pain and limited mobility, book an appointment online or call one of the offices in Schaumburg, Bartlett, Elk Grove Village, or Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What are the most common fractures?

Sports-related activities cause about 10-13% of all fractures. The most common fracture depends on your preferred activity: basketball players tend to fracture ankles and knees, bicyclists often incur shoulder fractures, and football players commonly experience broken fingers, shoulders, and knees.

What types of soft tissue injuries are commonly treated in sports medicine?

Soft tissue injuries often treated at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists include:

Knee injuries

Sprains of the four knee ligaments — the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and lateral collateral ligament (LCL) — are common.

You might also injure cartilage in your knee, incurring a meniscus or labral tear. Patellar tendonitis, or jumper’s knee, develops when you damage the tendon that connects your kneecap to your shinbone.

Ankle injuries

Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries. You can also develop a high ankle sprain when your injury affects the ligaments connecting your leg bones just above your ankles.

Damage to your Achilles tendon, whether a partial tear or complete rupture, significantly affects your mobility. Any injury to your ankle can lead to ankle instability, increasing your risk of recurring problems.

Shoulder injuries

Your rotator cuff consists of muscles and tendons responsible for stabilizing your shoulder while supporting its full range of motion. These soft tissues are easily damaged as a result of repetitive activities. Appropriate treatment and rehabilitation are essential to help prevent chronic shoulder instability.

Elbow injuries

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) develops when tendons on the outside of your elbow are injured. Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) affects tendons on the inside of your elbow. If your activity involves overhead movement, like throwing, you may develop an ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injury.

Shin splints

Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome) cause pain around your shinbone due to stress placed on muscles and bones while running.

Hip strain

Hip strain occurs when any hip muscle is stretched beyond its limit. Strains also damage the affected muscle’s tendon. The hip flexor muscle, which brings your leg or knee up toward your body, is most often strained.

How are sports injuries treated?

Conservative treatment may include rest, medications or injections that relieve pain and swelling, and physical therapy to regain strength and rehabilitate the injury. When problems persist, your Barrington Orthopedic doctor may recommend arthroscopic surgery, such as:

  • ACL reconstruction
  • Meniscus repair
  • Meniscectomy
  • Rotator cuff repair

If you’ve experienced a sports-related injury, don’t wait. Call Barrington Orthopedic Specialists today or book an appointment online.