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Sports Medicine services offered in Porterville, Reedley and Visalia, CA

If you’ve been injured playing sports, you can rely on the experts at Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services in Visalia, Porterville, and Reedley, California, for exceptional care. The skilled orthopaedic surgeons offer comprehensive sports medicine care for people ages 12 and older in a welcoming and comfortable setting. Call the office at the first sign of a sports injury or use the online booking feature today.


What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine at Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services consists of evaluating, diagnosing, and treating sports-related injuries. The skilled team has many years of experience working with athletes and uses the most advanced diagnostic tests and procedures available to get you back on the field, court, or rink quickly.

Why might I need sports medicine?

Common sports injuries include:

  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Joint dislocations
  • Tendonitis
  • Knee injuries
  • Hip injuries
  • Shin splints
  • Muscle or tendon injuries
  • Concussions

Your injury could be mild and heal on its own, or severe and need medical intervention for a full recovery.

What are the symptoms of sports injuries?

If you have a fracture, strain, sprain, or other common sports injury, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Dull aching
  • Severe, burning, or stabbing pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Weakness
  • Instability 
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Visible musculoskeletal deformity 
  • Reduced mobility

You might not be able to bear weight on an injured limb. You could sustain a sports injury by colliding with another player, overtraining, improperly training, cutting, jumping, or falling down.

How does my doctor diagnose a sports injury?

To determine the type of sports injury, the Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services team reviews your symptoms and medical history. They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam, and ask about your lifestyle habits and how the injury occurred.

You may need blood tests, X-rays, an MRI, a CT scan, an ultrasound, or another imaging procedure to help your orthopedic specialist properly diagnose your condition and treat it. 

What are my sports medicine treatment options?

Standard sports medicine treatments for common injuries include:

Home remedies

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE therapy) is something you can do at home to speed up healing after a sports injury.

Bracing, casting, or taping

Wearing a brace, cast, or athletic tape stabilizes injured tissues, enhances healing, and reduces your risk of further injuries. 

Physical therapy

Physical therapy exercises and stretches reduce your risk of reinjury, strengthen affected tissues, and speed up healing.

Surgery

If you have a severe sports-related injury, the Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services team offers surgery to remove, repair, reconstruct, or replace damaged tissues. 

To take advantage of the exceptional sports medicine services at Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services, call the office or book online today.

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