You don’t have to be an athlete to need sports medicine. Whether you have a joint, tendon, ligament, muscle, nerve, or other injury due to an accident during physical activity, the physicians at FoRM Health PDX in Portland, Oregon can help. You’ll find a mix of traditional and specialty orthopedic (referring to bones, muscles, and related tissues) therapies aimed at helping the body to heal and recover.
For many conditions, your FoRM practitioner may choose manual (hands on) therapies initially, before proceeding to injection techniques for more stubborn conditions. If you suffer from chronic, longstanding injuries or arthritis, however, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or prolotherapy injections are particularly effective and may be chosen right away. These therapies help stimulate (or re-stimulate) your body’s healing response. FoRM also utilizes the advantage of ultrasound guidance to ensure safe and proper administration of solutions being injected.
What is Sports Medicine?
Sports medicine focuses on treating injuries sustained during exercise or physical activity. Although professional and recreational athletes tend to encounter the most sports injuries, you can suffer the same injuries during daily activities, such as on a neighborhood walk or working in the garden.
Some common sports medicine injuries include:
- Sprains and Strains
- Shin splints
- Meniscal tears
- Hip and Shoulder Labral tears
- Plantar fasciitis
- Rotator cuff tears
- Tennis and Golfers’ elbow
- Disc herniations
What are other orthopedic or musculoskeletal conditions treated?
Some injuries listed above may not result from a specific injury, but instead are more degenerative in nature, meaning they develop over time from a number of factors. Other conditions you may not develop immediately, but instead result from poor posture or movement patterns over time leading to stress on your soft tissues and nerves resulting in pain. Examples of these conditions include:
- Degenerative Joint conditions including disc disease, meniscus tears, and arthritis
- Carpal Tunnel
- Nerve entrapments
- Tension headaches
- TMJ issues
- Motor Vehicle Accident sequelae
- Chronic loose ligaments (aka ligament laxity)
How are sports and orthopedic injuries treated?
Your first visit is a full hour to get a complete history, detailed exam, order or perform imaging as necessary, and discuss a treatment plan. Our goal is both alleviating your pain and helping your body heal itself. Some treatment options include:
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
- AmnioFix (or other tissue allograft products with FDA RMAT approval)
- Dry needling
- Myofascial release
- Kinesiology taping
- Cupping and GuaSha
- Ultrasound-guided nerve hydrodissection
- Perineural Injection Therapy (aka Neural Prolo)
- Prolozone and micro-steroid injections
- Nutritional and Supplemental, as needed
Beyond injections and localized therapies, FoRM also offers comprehensive support to optimize healing time. Our team aims to identify and treat any underlying systemic problems that may be delaying your recovery (i.e. hormones, nutrition, etc).
The FoRM approach to sports medicine emphasizes nonsurgical treatments that minimize medication so you can recover fully, starting at the source of the injury. You’ll learn the details of each option to empower you to make an informed decision about your treatment path. For help with your injury, book an appointment online or by phone today.