Sports Medicine is a branch of medicine that focuses on physical fitness and the treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. Although sports teams have employed team physicians for decades, it is only in recent years that Sports Medicine has emerged as a distinct entity in health care. Treatments once created for the elite athletes are now commonplace for patients of all walks of life.
For us at Tuckahoe Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine is not only caring for athletes, but also applying athletic treatment regimens to non-athletes. Our expectation is that all patients will benefit from more active approaches to prevention, surgery, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries.
Expert Care So You Can Be Active
We evaluate and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions that affect a person’s
ability to participate in sports and exercise or to simply maintain an active lifestyle.
Our Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine team includes Dr. William R. Beach, Dr. Shannon M. Wolfe, Dr. Paul E. Caldwell, and Dr. Dustin C. Dyer. This team is well-respected in the medical community and offers decades of combined experience along with specialized fellowship training in both Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine. The Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine team has a long history of being innovators in the field of Arthroscopy. Our doctors are actively involved in research to improve the outcomes of both surgical and non-surgical treatment of sports medicine injuries. This means you can be assured of state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment.
We have a rich tradition of supporting athletes. We enjoy providing medical coverage to student athletes at many of the local high schools as well as Randolph-Macon College.
You can expect a thorough evaluation, which may include additional diagnostic testing, including X-ray and MRI. We understand that each patient is unique and we will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. Our ultimate goal is to return you to your normal activities, prevent future injuries, and promote total, lifelong fitness!
Most conditions are caused by injury or the normal process of aging and usually involve the knee, shoulder, and elbow. Some of the common conditions we see include:
- Elbow tendon and ligament tears
- Fractures and dislocations
- Knee cartilage injuries (meniscal tear)
- Knee ligament tear (ACL tear)
- Shoulder arthritis
- Shoulder cartilage injuries (labral tear)
- Shoulder instability (dislocations)
- Shoulder rotator cuff tears
- Sprains and strains
We also provide care for work-related injuries. We recognize the unique nature of these cases and have developed a comprehensive program to ensure a high level of communication between your employer, case manager, and insurance carrier assuring a smooth transition between diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. We are dedicated to helping injured workers return to their maximum employment potential.
Not Everyone Will Require Surgery
The majority of conditions and injuries can be treated without surgery. Conservative treatments may include medication, physical therapy, home exercise, bracing, and/or injections. If physical therapy is recommended, you will have access to one of our on-site Physical Therapy Centers that is convenient to where you live or work.
When surgery is required, you will benefit from the most up-to-date surgical techniques which are usually performed on an outpatient basis and without a hospital stay. Many patients will benefit from arthroscopic surgery, a minimally invasive surgical method which utilizes a camera to look inside a joint along with specialized instruments to carry out any necessary surgery in that joint. Because of the small incisions, you can generally expect a faster recovery with arthroscopic surgery. Some of the common arthroscopic procedures include: ACL reconstruction and meniscal repairs of the knee, as well as rotator cuff and labral repairs of the shoulder.
Some patients may require more invasive surgery in order to return to a full and active life. However, the principles are no different. A team approach is deployed to facilitate your return to a high level of function. Our physicians and medical staff will continue to follow you during your rehabilitation to ensure a full recovery.