Helping you get back in the game
Whether you enjoy an afternoon round of golf each Sunday or a daily morning jog with your neighbor, chances are you have incurred a sports-related injury at some point. Fortunately, residents of the Cape can turn to Cape Cod Healthcare for their sports injury needs. We offer a continuum of sports medicine services from advanced diagnostic capabilities and conservative treatments to state-of-the-art surgical interventions to comprehensive physical therapy.
Among the more common locations for a sports injury to occur are the knee and shoulder. Of the two injury-prone locations, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and rotator cuff tears seem to be the most predominant of all sports injuries seen on the Cape.
About the ACL
The ACL connects the bone in the upper leg (femur) to the bone in the lower leg (tibia). Common symptoms of an ACL injury include instability or buckling in the knee when weight is placed on it, swelling in the knee, and hearing or feeling a pop in the knee at the time of injury.
Depending on the severity of your ACL tear, your physician may recommend a combination of medication, physical therapy and surgery. If you need surgical intervention, rest assured you’ll get the best care possible at Cape Cod Healthcare.
As with many other surgeries to correct sport injuries, we repair torn ACLs using an arthroscopic procedure. These minimally invasive techniques allow patients to recover and get back on the playing field faster than traditional open surgeries.
Typically, shoulder injuries are caused by overuse of the joint in a sport, although injury can sometimes follow repetitive use in a daily task. Scraping and rubbing in the shoulder can cause inflammation in the tendons of the rotator cuff, which results in pain and stiffness. Treatment for rotator cuff injuries ranges from rehabilitation to surgical repair of the torn tendon. Surgery can involve either an open repair or an arthroscopic procedure, depending on the extent and location of the tendon damage. It is usually done on an out-patient basis.