Sports medicine is more than just treating injuries. We can actually help you prevent injuries, no matter your sport or level of play – as well as give you pointers that can improve your game.
Our sports medicine specialist at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants is Dr. John Joseph Pomponi. Dr. Pomponi provides comprehensive orthopedic care for athletes, sports teams, as well as active adults looking to stay that way.
Whether you are an amateur, professional, or weekend warrior, if you are not regularly active, do not warm up appropriately before play, or if you play contact sports – you have an increased risk of sustaining a sports injury. Find out how you can safely continue the activities you love with a sports medicine consult with Dr. Pomponi.
Common Sports Injuries We Treat
Some of the most common sports injuries we see and treat at OSC include:
- Achilles tendon tears
- ACL tears
- Ankle sprains
- Dislocations (e.g., shoulder, knee)
- Golfer’s elbow.
- Groin pull
- Hamstring strain
- Knee injuries
- Muscle strain
- Repetitive strain and overuse injuries
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Shin splints
- Sprains and strains
- Tennis elbow
If you have been injured during play, an important part of your rehabilitation is your return-to-play assessment by your sports medicine physician. This assures you have the strength and flexibility required to return to your athletic endeavor of choice.
In many cases, a bump or bruise suffered during a sports activity will get better on its own in a short period of time. However, if the pain or swelling fails to improve, or gets worse, make an appointment to see your doctor. Noticeable deformity, instability, or weakness in the injured area are all symptoms that should be checked out by your doctor.
Preventive Services for Athletes
Ensuring you can engage in an activity without getting injured – or re-injuring yourself – is critical to your ability to continue to play your sport into the future. At Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants in Merrillville, Indiana, we offer these proactive services to injured as well as currently healthy athletes.
Safe and Effective Training Exercises
Different sports require different abilities – and each individual playing that sport has his or her own physical strengths and weaknesses. This is where the advice of a medical professional trained in sports medicine can add significant value to your individual performance.
We can provide guidance to ensure you are aware of the proper techniques to carry out the physical movements required for your activity – as well as develop a strength- and endurance-building exercise regimen tailored just for you.
Diet and nutrition are important ways to improve your overall health. For athletes, it is critical because what you consume can help or hurt your physical performance.
There are many opinions and recommendations out there about which foods or supplements may give you the energy boost you need to excel at your sport. At the end of the day, however, only a medical professional can ensure your diet is meeting your nutritional needs – as well as optimizing your athletic performance. That’s because nutritional needs are different for every single athlete. The calories, vitamins, and other nutrients you need are specific to you.
In addition, your sport, current health, and sports training goals all come into play when determining what type of diet you should be following in order to excel. If you want to be the best you can be, get the best advice possible – from a sports medicine physician like Dr. Pomponi at OSC.
Sports Medicine Doctor in Merrillville, IN
Have you sustained a sports injury? Why not make sure you get the proper treatment for it by visiting a sports medicine specialist. Call Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants in Merrillville, Indiana, at (219) 662-2279 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Pomponi – or simply request your appointment now.