Sports Medicine Specialist

FoRM Health PDX

Regenerative Medicine & Aesthetics located in Portland, OR

You don’t have to be an athlete to need sports medicine. If you have a tendon, ligament, cartilage, muscle, or another kind of injury due to an accident during physical activity, the naturopathic physicians at FoRM Health PDX in Portland, Oregon can help. With treatments like prolotherapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, you can return to full activity as quickly as possible. For help recovering from your sports injury, book an appointment online or by phone today.

Sports Medicine

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine focuses on treating injuries sustained while exercising or during physical activity. Although professional and recreational athletes tend to encounter the most sports injuries, nearly anyone can be affected. 

Some common sports medicine injuries include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Shin splints
  • Cartilage damage
  • Ligament damage 
  • Tendon damage 
  • Muscle damage 

The naturopathic approach to sports medicine emphasizes nonsurgical approaches that minimize or don’t require medication so you can recover fully, starting at the source of the injury. 

 

How are sports injuries treated?

Your naturopathic physician focuses on alleviating your pain and then helping your body heal itself. Some treatment options include:

  • Prolotherapy
  • Prolozone
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Acupuncture
  • Dry needling
  • Myofascial release
  • Kinesio taping
  • Cupping
  • Neural prolotherapy (PNI)
  • Ultrasound-guided nerve hydrodissection

You’ll learn the details of each option to empower you to make an informed decision about your treatment path. 

 

How can ultrasound technology help diagnose and treat sports injuries?

Ultrasound imaging works in much the same way as the sonar used by bats and in ocean navigation. The process involves directing sound waves toward a certain area of your body. Those sound waves pass through your tissues and bounce back. 

The echoes created during this process are converted into images. The sound waves are emitted and collected by a handheld transducer that glides over the surface of your skin. A computer analyzes the echoes and converts them into real-time images displayed on a monitor.

Ultrasound imaging allows your practitioner to “see” the interior structures of your body. It can show changes in the contours, size, or appearance of your organs and other tissues, giving your medical team the information needed to create a customized treatment plan. 

Your practitioner can then determine the best way to address your orthopedic needs. If you’re hoping to resolve a joint problem without surgery, musculoskeletal ultrasound can reveal how advanced the damage is and whether it requires surgical repair. 

Ultrasound imaging also enhances regenerative or treatment injections. Your practitioner can view the targeted tissues while guiding the needle to the exact spot where the injected solution or nerve dissection can be most effective. 

Ultrasound technology has been in use for many years and has a demonstrated track record of being both safe and effective. To learn more, call FoRM Health PDX or schedule a consultation online today.