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Sport Injuries Specialist

ARC Orthopedic Group

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in West Hills, CA & Thousand Oaks, CA

In the world of sports, nothing is as difficult as a traumatic injury that takes you out of the game. The same holds true for everyone who stays active and needs to take time out to let an injury heal. Umesh Bhagia, MD, and the experienced sports medicine specialists at ARC Orthopedic Group understand the challenges you face with sports injuries. They provide the individualized care you need to heal as quickly as possible, regain your health, and rehabilitate your body so you’re ready to get back in the game. To schedule an appointment, call the office in West Hills or Thousand Oaks, California, or use the online booking feature today.

Sport Injuries Q&A

What are the most common sports injuries?

People who participate in high-impact activities stand the highest chance of sustaining a traumatic injury. However, anyone can twist their ankle or tear a tendon during their daily activities.

The top sports injuries include:

  • Sprained ankle
  • ACL tear
  • Meniscus tear
  • Joint dislocation
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Fractures
  • Contusions
  • Concussion
  • Bruising from blunt force trauma
  • Lumbar strain
  • Groin pull
  • Ligament and tendon ruptures

The cause of these injuries is often a direct blow or force, like getting tackled or falling off a skateboard. Or you may make a sudden movement that tears the tissues, such as quickly pivoting or stopping while running.

Sports injuries that arise from repetitive movements slowly damage the soft tissues and cause symptoms that start out mild and gradually get worse. By comparison, traumatic injuries occur suddenly, causing immediate and sometimes severe symptoms. 

What symptoms develop due to sports injuries?

Sports injuries cause one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty moving
  • Joint instability
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tingling or electric-shock pain
  • Numbness or loss of feeling
  • Inability to bear weight on or use the affected limb

If you have a concussion, you usually don’t lose consciousness. However, you have symptoms such as confusion, headaches, dizziness, memory loss, nausea, and loss of balance. 

How are sports injuries treated?

ARC Orthopedic Group always begins with the most conservative treatment that’s appropriate for your injury. For example, you may need rest, immobilization of the injured limb, steroid injections, or physical therapy. They may also recommend: 

Surgery

Traumatic sports injuries have a higher chance of needing surgical intervention. For example, a complex fracture needs surgery to clean the wound and align and stabilize the bones so they heal properly.

Ruptured ligaments seldom regain optimal strength without surgery to reconstruct the ligament. Additionally, injuries that occur in tissues with a poor blood supply often need surgery. For example, some meniscus tears won’t heal because they lack blood.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

PRP accelerates healing and tissue regeneration in any type of injury, but it’s most beneficial if you have a severe wound or an injury in an area that lacks a blood supply. In some cases, you may be able to avoid surgery if you get PRP first. 

Joint replacement surgery

A severe joint fracture or crush injury may need joint replacement surgery. ARC Orthopedic Group has extensive experience performing joint replacements using minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery.

When you need rapid treatment for a sports injury, call ARC Orthopedic Group, or book an appointment online.