The Benefits of Sports Medicine for Athletes

As an active person, you want to stay that way. Dr. Daniel Fox and his team at The Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine understand how important your performance and playing your sport are to your physical and mental health.

You know your active lifestyle has inherent risks. A sprained ankle, torn knee ligament, or tennis elbow are just a game away. Overuse injuries can occur due to intense or improper training, the wrong equipment, or poor biomechanics.

The good news is that many injuries can be prevented, especially if you incorporate preventive care to ensure your body is working like it should. If you do suffer an injury, Dr. Fox is ready to help you heal and get back out on the field or court as fast as possible. 

You don’t have to be a paid professional athlete to benefit from visiting a sports medicine specialist. Adults who are weekend warriors or children and teens who have a commitment to school or community sports play all need sports medicine care. 

Here’s how sports medicine can help you. 

A sports medicine professional supports your active lifestyle

As an athlete or fitness enthusiast, you’re likely to test the limits of your body. Dr. Fox doesn’t ask you to hold back. Rather he has the goal of keeping you running (or biking or throwing) for as long and far as your goals take you.

Dr. Fox also understands that intense training can take a toll on your body. He looks for muscle imbalances or gait abnormalities that may catch up with you in the long run. Dr. Fox can help you improve your biomechanics so your play is safer and more efficient. He may even optimize your body in a way that gets you running faster or pushing more weight than you thought possible.

When you visit him at the slightest sign of discomfort, he can offer treatments early that prevent a more complicated injury that could keep you out of the game.

Dr. Fox can also provide you with information about smart tactics to follow between workouts and games that will keep you healthy. Recovery is as important as training in keeping your body in optimal performing health. 

A sports medicine professional treats your acute injuries

Athletes are vulnerable to sudden injuries. A wrong turn on the soccer field or a violent tackle can cause sprains, broken bones, and torn tendons or ligaments. These types of injuries can’t always be prevented, but we provide you with the best care to heal efficiently and quickly.

Dr. Fox assesses your situation to determine if you need an immobilizing device, hot or cold therapy, or anti-inflammatories to alleviate swelling and pain. If you should have an injury that requires surgery, like an ACL tear or torn rotator cuff, Dr. Fox offers his services as a skilled orthopedic surgeon and supports your recovery so you get back to playing with a fully healed body.

A sports medicine professional offers you innovative treatments

At The Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, you benefit from some of the latest treatments for chronic or acute injuries. Dr. Fox provides platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections that stimulate your body’s own natural healing.

PRP is a newer therapy that involves taking a sample of your own blood and spinning it down to concentrate the platelet levels. Platelets are a component in your blood that possess enormous healing capacity. When the PRP is injected into an injury, the cells and tissues renew and heal at a faster rate than they would on their own. PRP can also help you avoid surgery.

Stem cells are the building blocks of your body. When harvested from your own body (usually from your hip bone) or from an adult donor and injected into sites of injury, your body rushes to repair issues like fractures, tendon injuries, and arthritis.

Active patients also benefit from experienced physical therapists who help improve your biomechanics after injury (or help you to prevent one in the first place). These physical therapy sessions keep your muscles strong and supple so you can go out on the field and give it your all. 

As an athlete, you can’t afford to be without a sports medicine specialist on your side. Call our office in Toms River, New Jersey, to get started today with preventive care or to have a nagging injury examined. Or you can use the online tool to schedule your appointment right now. 

 

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