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Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists

Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Specialists located in Manassas, VA & Haymarket, VA

If a sports injury has ever sidelined you, you know how important it is to get professional treatment in a timely manner. The fellowship-trained sports medicine doctors at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists, with locations in Manassas and Haymarket, Virginia, provide individualized treatment for sports injuries, so you can get back to the activities you love. For comprehensive care for sports injuries, call the office nearest you.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are common sports injuries?

Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists treats sports injuries in patients of all ages, from Little Leaguers to weekend warriors. Common sports injuries include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Tennis elbow
  • Runner’s knee
  • Shin splints
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Knee pain
  • Ligament tears
  • Meniscus tears

Many of these conditions can affect multiple joints. For example, sprains are especially common in the ankles, knees, and wrists. Fractures can affect any bone in your body but are more common in the long bones of your limbs. 

What causes sports injuries?

Sports injuries can result from all types of physical activity, from participating in a team sport like basketball to running with your dog. Sometimes, injuries happen suddenly, like when you twist your knee forcefully or take a hard fall. 

Injuries can also develop gradually from overuse. Tendinitis is a common overuse injury that results from repetitive motions, like swinging a tennis racket or running long distances. 

How are sports injuries diagnosed?

First, your provider at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists asks how the injury occurred and evaluates your overall condition. They may take tests, like an on-site X-ray, to determine the type and severity of your injury. 

How are sports injuries treated?

After a diagnosis of your condition, the team at Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists creates a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Treatment for sports injuries may include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Immobilization in a cast or brace
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Assistive devices like crutches
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation

They may also recommend stretching and strengthening exercises you can perform at home to facilitate recovery and help prevent injuries in the future. 

When would I need surgery for a sports injury?

If your injury is serious, or if pain and symptoms persist despite treatment, surgery may be necessary. The surgeons at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists perform various types of surgery, including minimally invasive arthroscopy, joint replacement procedures, and MAKO robotic knee and hip replacements. 

After surgery, you complete a customized rehabilitation plan to restore strength and functional mobility. 

For high-quality care of all types of sports injuries, call Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists today.