Sports Medicine in Dearborn & Jackson, MichiganDon’t let injuries slow you down. Learn more about how sports medicine can get you back up to speed in a flash. Sports Medicine Also for Ann Arbor, Allen Park, Trenton, & ChelseaSuffering an injury while participating in a sport, exercising or enjoying other types of physical activities can be devastating. But with expert care, an injury doesn’t have to take you out of the game permanently.When an injury strikes, you need answers you can trust. Individuals in and around our area trust the expertise of fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Dr. Alfred Faulkner. With his help, you can overcome your injury and get back to performing at your peak.Common Sports-Related InjuriesSome sports injuries are classified as traumatic, meaning they occur from sudden trauma like a collision or a fall. Other injuries are chronic and develop from overuse.Shoulder InjuriesShoulder injuries are extremely common in sports and are some of the most frequently performed procedures in sports medicine. Common shoulder injuries include the following:Shoulder dislocationSuperior labrum anterior and posterior (SLAP) tearRotator cuff tearElbow, Wrist and Hand InjuriesElbow, wrist and hand injuries are common in racquet sports, contact sports like football or hockey or sports like tennis and golf that require repetitive movements. Common injuries to the elbow, wrist and hand include the following:Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)Wrist sprain or tendonitisWrist fractureJammed or fractured fingerLower Back and Hip InjuriesChronic pain or injury to the lower back or hips can occur from long-distance running or repeated sharp movements such as twisting. Common injuries to the lower back and hips include the following:Back strains or sprainsHerniated discFractured vertebraeHip flexor strainMuscle or tendon injuriesLeg and Knee InjuriesLeg and knee injuries account for some of the most common injuries in sports medicine. Common injuries affecting the legs and knees include the following:Calf muscle injuryTibial stress fracturesAnterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tearMeniscus tearIliotibial (IT) band syndromeFoot and Ankle InjuriesFoot and ankle injuries are common in sports and activities that require a lot of running or jumping. Common injuries affecting the feet and ankles include the following:FracturesSprainsAchilles tendon rupturePlantar fasciitisAdvanced Diagnostic TechnologyNo two sports injuries are exactly alike, and you need an expert to diagnose your condition properly and craft a roadmap to recovery.Dr. Faulkner will take the time to listen to your description of your injury and the events that led to the injury. He will perform a complete physical examination and use advanced diagnostic technology to confirm the nature and severity of the injury.Sports Orthopedic Treatment OptionsTreatment is highly individualized and based on the type, location and severity of the injury. Some injuries can heal with rest, whereas others require steroid injections or surgery. Platelet-rich plasma, which uses growth factors in your own blood, is also becoming more common to accelerate healing of sports injuries.Dr. Faulkner will review your options with you and help you determine how best to proceed so you can get relief from pain and recover full or near-to-full functionality. His goal is to get you back to the sport or exercise you love and help you avoid future injuries.Request a Consultation TodayTo learn more about any specific sports injury or the treatments Dr. Faulkner offers, please request an appointment at our practice. We invite you to call or email us today.