Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates
Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Reading, PA
Sports are a great way to stay physically active, but participation also puts you at risk for sports injuries. At Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates in Reading, Pennsylvania, the board-certified team offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to address common sports injuries, including muscle sprains, joint pain, and bone fractures. Trusted by the Reading Fightin Phils minor league baseball team, the Penn State Berks collegiate athletics program, and other Berks County area sports programs, Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates is ready to help you reach your potential. Learn more by calling the office or book an appointment online today.
Sports Medicine Q & A
What are Common Sports-Related Injuries?
Sports injuries often result from overuse of muscles and ligaments or fractures and breaks in the bones of your arms, hands, and legs. Your joints are also at risk of injury due to the movements required of many sports.
Sports participation also puts you at increased risk for direct contact injuries, especially in high-impact sports like football, soccer, and basketball.
In addition to overuse injuries and bone breaks, you may suffer sports injuries such as:
- ACL tears
- Unstable joints
- Muscle sprains
You may also be at increased risk of developing chronic conditions, such as arthritis and nerve damage, that affect your long-term functionality. These conditions are especially common in runners and those who are involved in sports over many years.
How are Sports Injuries Diagnosed?
Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates offers the convenience of on-site diagnostic services to give you accurate information about your condition as soon as possible.
Available in-office diagnostic tests include:
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Orthopaedic ultrasonography
Your provider also performs a thorough review of your medical history and a physical examination of the injury site.
Once they confirm your condition, your provider creates a custom treatment plan to address your injury and alleviate your pain and other symptoms.
What Treatment is Available for Sports Injuries?
If you have pain or limited functionality due to a sprain or strain in your muscles or ligaments, your Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates provider may initially recommend over-the-counter medications and rest. If these treatments aren’t enough, you may need to undergo physical therapy to help you heal.
For some conditions, such as bone fractures, joint instability, and ACL tears, surgery may be the best option. Surgery can repair existing damage and restore your functionality in the long-term. Surgical treatment can also reduce the risk of your injury getting worse.
The experienced surgeons offer both traditional and minimally invasive surgical techniques to address your specific issues. The goal of surgery is to relieve your symptoms and help you return to your favorite sports after you recover.
In addition to helping you recover from sports-related injuries, the team at Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates offers resources to help you perform better as an athlete and prevent injuries in the future.
Find out more about available sports injury services by calling the office today or use the convenient online booking feature to schedule a consultation.