Sports Injuries

Restore Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Ariana DeMers, D.O.

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in Sonora, CA

Exercise is an essential part of staying healthy, but sometimes physical activity can result in injury. Skilled orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician Ariana DeMers, DO, treats many types of sports injuries at Restore Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Sonora, California. For the most cutting-edge therapies sports medicine has to offer, call or book an appointment online today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What is a sports injury?

You don’t need to be an athlete to suffer sports injuries. These musculoskeletal injuries can happen during any type of physical activity, from backcountry skiing to wrestling with your grandchildren.

Some sports injuries occur due to specific traumatic events, such as a slip or fall. Others are the result of prolonged stress from repetitive movements, such as throwing a baseball.

Dr. DeMers has specialized training in sports medicine and offers the most advanced treatments for all types of sports injuries. Whether you suffer from shoulder pain, knee pain, or another injury, she creates a customized treatment plan to address your specific needs.

What are the most common sports injuries?

Different activities tend to produce different types of joint problems. The most common sports injuries include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Knee injuries, such as an ACL tear
  • Shoulder injuries, such as a rotator cuff tear
  • Tennis or golfer’s elbow
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Bone fractures

Dr. DeMers thoroughly evaluates your condition to discover the root cause of your pain. Then, she works with you to restore normal movement to the joint and helps you prevent future injuries.

Who gets sports injuries?

Anyone can get a sports injury, but they’re more common in younger adults and children. One study found that 8.6 million people between ages 5-24 experience a sports injury every year.

Contact sports, such as football and basketball, are more likely to cause sports injuries than sports that don’t involve contact, like running.

How do you diagnose and treat sports injuries?

To diagnose your sports injury, Dr. DeMers performs a thorough physical exam and reviews your medical history. She may take imaging tests, such as an MRI, to confirm a diagnosis.

Then, she creates a personalized treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and help you return to normal activities as soon as possible. Dr. DeMers always begins with the most conservative treatments for sports injuries, such as physical therapy and stretching.

Depending on your needs, she may recommend Regenexx® injections of stem cells or platelet-rich plasma (PRP). These injections use healing agents from your own body to encourage healing and tissue rejuvenation.

For severe injuries, such as a tendon tear, Dr. DeMers may recommend surgery to repair the joint. She’s highly trained in minimally invasive and arthroscopic procedures.

If you suspect you have a sports injury, call Restore Orthopedics & Sports Medicine or book an appointment online.