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Sports Medicine

At the Independence Health System Center for Sports Medicine, our specialists work with you to help you get back to the activities you enjoy. Sports medicine specialists have additional training to diagnose and treat patients, helping to restore function whether injured from sports, weekend activities or everyday life. They see and treat patients of all activity levels and ages.

Reasons to See a Sports Medicine Specialist

  • Sprains or strains
  • Cartilage or tissue injury
  • Arthritis
  • Regenerative medicine (Prolo, PRP, shockwave therapy)
  • Concussion
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Swelling
  • Exercise-induced asthma
  • Sports nutrition

Most injuries don’t require surgery. A sports medicine physician will work with you to assess and understand your injury, referring you for any testing or treatment needed. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to see a sports medicine specialist. There are many reasons you may want to schedule an appointment at the Center for Sports Medicine.

Common injuries include sprains, strains, arthritis, concussion, etc. The physician will work with you to design the most appropriate treatment plan to help you return to your activities. Treatment can include options such as braces, pain relievers, injections and physical therapy. Your physician will also be able to advise you on ways to prevent injury through exercising, nutrition, and conditioning. Sports medicine specialists are key to helping maximize function and minimize injury and time away from sports, work, or school.

Concussion Care and Baseline Impact Testing

A major part of sports medicine is concussion care. All concussions are serious, and every student athlete should have a Baseline Impact™ Test.

  • A baseline for students, ages 7 and older, who are involved in school or club sports.
  • Available through Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.
  • The 20-minute test measures verbal and visual memory, reaction time, visual motor speed and impulse control.

Schedule a Baseline ImPACT Test

Baseline ImPACT testing is an important tool in the prevention of concussive consequences for our youth. We now know that injury to a brain that has not fully recovered from prior concussive injury can prolong recovery, and possibly lead to devastating short term, or lingering long term issues.

Unfortunately, there is no way to conclusively know when the brain is fully back to baseline and return to play is safe. Having a baseline ImPACT neuro-cognitive test can aid in making the right decision.

ImPACT is not a stand-alone test in determining concussion recovery or return to play. IHS has a comprehensive, state-of-the-art concussion evaluation and management program. Having a valid baseline ImPACT test is a first step in keeping our athletes safe. To schedule a baseline ImPACT test (in the Greensburg area) call 724-689-1070.

Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery

At the Center for Sports Medicine, our specialist work with you to help you get back to the activities you enjoy. Fortunately, most sports injuries do not require surgery. If surgery is required for an injury, we have board certified Orthopedic Surgeons that are fellowship trained in Sports Medicine and are experts in the latest treatments available for sports injuries in athletes of any age. The treatment plan is tailored to fit the individual needs of the patient, with the goal of getting you back to doing the activities you love.

Reasons to see a Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon

  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder instability or labrum repair
  • Biceps tendon repair
  • Shoulder replacement
  • ACL reconstruction
  • PCL/MCL/Posterolateral corner reconstruction
  • Meniscus repair or debridement
  • Cartilage restoration procedures
  • Patellar stabilization
  • Quadriceps or patellar tendon repair
  • Achilles Repair

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