The sports medicine specialists at the MedStar Orthopaedic Institute have experience diagnosing and treating nearly every type of sports injury and condition, from the most common to those that are incredibly rare. Since no two patients have the same needs, our physicians take the time to design an individualized sports injury treatment plan for your specific case.
Our team of sports medicine physicians offers comprehensive care and treatment for all of your sports injuries, whether you’re a weekend warrior, play on a team or just enjoy some occasional exercise. Our experts are at the forefront of advanced therapies and minimally invasive procedures, giving you early access to new treatments. Our goal is to return you to the activity level you desire as soon as possible, with the least chance of reinjury.
We also offer numerous programs and services for those athletes or active individuals who are interested in sports injury prevention or are looking to enhance their sports performance, skills and abilities. Some of those programs and services are below.
Golf Performance Enhancement
The golf performance evaluation is a comprehensive physical examination performed by a licensed physical therapist specializing in techniques from Back to Golf©, Kinetic Golf© and Body Balance for Performance©. Our therapists are experienced in sports-specific training programs, functional stabilization, conditioning, and kinesiology. They also have sports medicine experience treating golf-related sports injuries and rehabilitating athletes at all levels of performance.
Evaluations include video motion analysis, testing, and measurements of:
- Core stability
The information gathered from the evaluation is used to design a customized, golf-specific physical training program that will optimize your strength and improve the physical characteristics necessary to swing a golf club properly. The goal of the program is to achieve maximum distance, accuracy, control, and scoring potential while decreasing injury risk.
In addition to individual evaluations performed in our clinics, we give educational presentations to teams and golfing groups.
Proper nutrition is key to an athlete's success. Specific diets rich in differing ratios of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and sugars are recommended for specific athletic events. For example, athletes in endurance sports generally do better with a high-carb, low-protein diet, while sports requiring incredible strength call for more protein. As a patient of the MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, you have access to the expertise of registered dietitians to assist with developing a proper diet specific to your physical needs and the sports you play.
Orthotics devices worn in your shoe can realign your foot and reduce some of the sports injuries that begin at the foot and travel upward. Because your feet are your body's main shock absorbers, a number of sports injuries and conditions can arise when your feet are compromised. If used properly, orthotics can absorb the shock, reducing the risk of injury. The experts at the MedStar Orthopaedic Institute offer complete prosthetic and orthotic services for adults, adolescents, and children.
At the MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, we take a balanced approach to fitness by developing a customized exercise program designed to meet your specific sports injury prevention or treatment needs and goals. Many of our patients have medical issues, and we highly encourage them to continue exercising following discharge from therapy to achieve better health.
Our trainers are certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and have experience working with a wide range of physical limitations that restrict patients' ability to exercise.
Services—including yoga, general fitness and post-rehabilitation for breast cancer patients—are provided at several locations and may also be arranged at your home or gym.
Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a sports injury treatment option that uses your own blood to facilitate healing. Essentially, specialists using this technique draw your blood and separate out the platelet portion. Platelets have been shown to release healing proteins called growth factors that work together to coordinate tissue healing. By injecting a high concentration of platelets into injured soft tissues, physicians intend to speed up the healing process.
Much work remains to be done in exploring the application and utility of PRP. Our regeneration lab at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital has recently been awarded a grant to explore the application of PRP in shoulder tendinopathies. This and future studies will provide great insight into this promising sports injury treatment, paving the way to a better understanding of common and disabling sports injuries.
The MedStar Orthopaedic Institute offers a research-based evaluation to assist athletes in their return to full competition. The program uses video motion analysis software and objective criteria to determine if you are functionally ready to return to play. The scientifically based testing identifies deficits in strength, power and/or biomechanics that increase your risk of lower-extremity sports injury. Participants in the program also receive a comprehensive exercise program to address those deficits and are instructed in proper jump-landing mechanics until you can pass the return-to-play criteria.
Running Injury Clinic
MedStar National Rehabilitation Network's Running Injury Clinics combine highly skilled therapists with cutting-edge technology. More information is available here.
Soccer Performance Enhancement
The MedStar Orthopaedic Institute specializes in individualized programs for youth, collegiate and professional level athletes, as well as casual weekend sports participants. Our goal is to enhance the conditioning, human performance, sports injury prevention, and participation ability of athletes who are interested in achieving their greatest potential.
The MedStar Health Performance Enhancement Program for Soccer is a comprehensive six-week program. Our professional staff of physical therapists, certified strength and conditioning specialists, and licensed soccer coaches train the athletes three times a week. The sessions are 75 minutes each, with an exceptional ratio of trainers to athletes ensuring individualized attention for proper technique and safety. The program is designed to:
- Improve soccer-specific strength and conditioning
- Increase power, speed, and agility through plyometrics (jump training)
- Improve dynamic balance and reaction time
- Enhance acceleration and deceleration, as well as explosive change of direction
- Increase flexibility to prevent sports injuries
- Provide essential nutrition and hydration information to maximize soccer performance
It is our goal to bring the latest research in training and sports injury prevention to the baseball community. Injuries seen previously only in professional pitchers are now commonplace in players of any position in high school and younger. The great majority of these are overuse/repetitive strain injuries that could be prevented with:
- Proper education
We offer throwing evaluations to prevent sports injuries and keep you in the game. Evaluations include assessment of posture, strength and flexibility for the arm, core and lower extremities. We then use those findings to customize exercise programs that will be most beneficial for each individual athlete. After completing the program, most pitchers are able to throw harder and with better control while decreasing their risk of injury and surgery. In addition to individual evaluations performed in our clinics, we give educational presentations to camps, teams and leagues outside the clinic.
Video Gait Analysis
If you are an athlete with running injuries, Dynamic Video Gait Analysis (DVGA) may help solve your sports injury problem. The MedStar Orthopaedic Institute’s sports performance experts are able to assess problems of the foot and lower extremity that may be causing your pain or symptoms.
DVGA helps assess the following:
- Plantar fasciitis (cause of heel pain)
- Ankle pain
- Shin pain
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Low back pain
Multiple high-speed cameras identify reflective markers placed on several parts of your body, including the torso, hip, knees, and feet. These markers are a reference point for several camera angles, which pick up any abnormal movement of these joints while you run on a treadmill. Once the motion is recorded, a specialized computer software program pinpoints which joints are functioning incorrectly.
If joint alignment problems are discovered, a personalized sports medicine program is developed for the runner, which may include physical therapy for strengthening and flexibility, orthotic devices, or training and shoe modifications.