3 Injuries That Indicate Your Need for a Sports Injuries Specialist

Carolina Musculoskeletal Institute orthopedist Dr. Vaughan Massie specializes in healing patients who suffer from sports-related injuries. From ACL repair to neuroplasty, Dr. Massie vast scope of procedural expertise employs the most advanced technology and treatments, ensuring his patients get back to the activities they love—and fast.  

Sports medicine is more than rehabilitation for unlucky skiers and football players; its treatments are effective in alleviating chronic pain caused by an active lifestyle. Though Dr. Massie treats many patients who suffer from injuries inflicted by sudden sports-related accidents or falls, he also specializes in procedures that reverse the pain caused by repetitive wear-and-tear of the joints, bones and ligaments.

Below, Dr. Massie outlines three common causes of ongoing pain that may indicate your need to see a specialist in sports medicine.

If you experience pain that inhibits you from the activities you love most—golf, tennis, biking, walking, gardening or playing with the grandkids—it’s time to do more than seek temporary pain relief.

Knee Injuries
From osteoarthritis to ACL/MCL tears, there are a variety of serious conditions that cause knee pain. Most people chalk their joint discomfort up everyday soreness and alleviate their discomfort only through pain relievers. Most commonly, however, knee pain is caused by years of pounding on the joints through running, tennis and other high-impact activities, and, when left untreated, the pain worsens to the point of complete debilitation in its sufferers. The cartilage surrounding the joints wears down because of persistent use, and it is unable to rebuild itself—even with ample rest. Whether the pain is caused by an acute injury or a chronic condition, immediate treatment is key for effective rehabilitation. If your or knee pain prevents you from engaging in everyday activities, contact a sports medicine specialist right away. He or she will assess the root of your pain and offer solutions to help you get back on your feet.

More commonly recognized as “tennis elbow” or “golfer’s elbow,” epicondolitis is one of the most often ignored conditions in athletes and active people. Resembling arthritis pain or soreness from overuse, tennis and golf elbow are actually caused by sometimes-unrecognized trauma and repetitive stress to the joint. The ligaments break down over time, and, eventually, render the elbow almost useless. We regularly see patients who have their wasted time and energy managing symptoms, when there are procedures and healing methods readily available to permanently alleviate epicondolitis- induced discomfort. Don’t let the pain worsen; make an appointment with an sports injury orthopaedist today.

Carpal Tunnel
Carpal tunnel pain is often misjudged as a non-serious condition that can be adequately managed through physical therapy and medicine. In reality, the activity-induced nerve syndrome not only worsens over time, but spreads from the hand all the way into the arm and shoulder, inhibiting its sufferers from everyday use. Consequently, carpal tunnel makes even low-impact activities such as golf, tennis and gardening nearly impossible. Aggravating and painful syndromes like carpal tunnel are treatable, and no one should have to suffer through this kind of debilitating pain. At CMI, we know how important it is that our patients are able to get back to the things they love as quickly as possible. That’s why we employ the most efficient and effective techniques to ease and heal your pain, ensuring a quick and full recovery.

CMI has been changing lives for the better in Aiken County since 1979. The Institute is a multi-specialty medical practice specializing in complete musculoskeletal care right here in your backyard. If you or a loved one are experiencing prolonged pain from sports-related injuries, contact the experts at CMI right away. To schedule a consultation with CMI’s sports medicine specialist, Dr. Vaughan Massie, contact Carolina Musculoskeletal Institute at 803-644-4264.