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Sports Medicine

Whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior or play with your children in the backyard, sports injuries can happen to anyone. The team at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital features specialists who are fellowship-trained in sports medicine, as well as orthopaedic surgeons, physical therapists, chiropractors and nurses who specialize in sports-related injuries. While their backgrounds are diverse, they share one common goal: to help you get back to the level of activity you enjoyed prior to your injury. To set up an appointment with a sports medicine professional at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, call (480) 784-5667 today.

Sports Injuries Treated

Treating injuries caused by sports requires individualized attention and custom-designed plans. Each injury, just like each patient, is unique. The physicians and staff on the Sports Medicine team at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital will work closely with you to evaluate, stabilize and treat your injury in an emergent setting, as well as through follow-up care and treatment.

Sports injury treatment may include medication, physical therapy, surgery and/or strength conditioning. All treatments aim to heal the injured muscle, bone, tendon or ligament while providing the necessary strength and flexibility to enjoy activities and reduce the likelihood of future injuries. Some of the many injuries treated at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital include:

  • Muscle injuries, including strains and tears and ligament sprains
  • Overuse injuries, such as shin splints (from running or playing soccer) or pitcher’s elbow
  • Stress fractures
  • Shoulder injuries (separations, dislocations and rotator cuff injuries)
  • Elbow injuries, including dislocations, sprains and tendonitis (e.g. tennis or golfer’s elbow)
  • Knee injuries, such as ACL tears, other ligament injuries, meniscus injury, jumper’s knee, runner’s knee and direct trauma to the joint
  • Post-traumatic arthritis
  • Foot injuries, including Achilles tendon injuries and plantar fasciitis

If you are experiencing one of these (or other) sports-related injuries, please contact Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital at (480) 784-5667 to schedule an appointment.

Advanced Sports Medicine Therapies

Providers at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital offer several advanced therapies for sports medicine patients, including:

  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections: a regenerative treatment that uses the body’s natural ability to heal. Frequently used with common sports injuries such as tendonitis, strains, sprains, and other similar issues with muscles, ligaments and tendons. Learn more.
  • Amniotic Membrane Stem Cell Injections: a liquid tissue matrix containing proteins, growth factors, lipids, multipotent cells, cytokines and other important nutrients. Frequently used to promote healing in inflamed tissue or tissue with voids or defects caused by trauma. Learn more.
  • Cold Laser Therapy: small device emits non-thermal light photons. Used to treat injuries of the knee, back, neck and tendonitis. Learn more.

Coordinating Your Care: Partnerships for Rehabilitation

If your sports injury required surgery, you may feel like the injury has been fully treated and resolved. However, working with a physical therapist may speed your recovery and maximize the potential benefits of having the procedure. Sometimes, after a joint or muscle group has been immobilized for an extended period of time (i.e. a cast or brace), the muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons must be retrained in how they function. By coordinating your care with a physical therapist, you may improve your mobility, stability and strength in the injured area. Ask your provider if physical therapy is right for you.

Sports Medicine Resource Pages

To learn more about common sports injuries and conditions that may develop from physical activity, view the following resource pages:

To schedule an appointment with a sports medicine specialist at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, call (480) 784-5667.

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