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Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine services offered in the greater Bel Air, MD area

Playing tennis, basketball, and other sports is a great way to stay fit but also increases your risk for sports-related injuries. At Wellspring Clinic, comprehensive sports medicine services are available for adults and children to diagnose and treat painful injuries like sprains, strains, and dislocations. Board-certified physical medicine physician Nkiruka Arene, MD, utilizes holistic and traditional pain management strategies to support your full recovery. Dr. Arene can also suggest strategies to prevent additional sports injuries. Call the Bel Air, Maryland, office to schedule a sports medicine consultation or book an appointment online today. 

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is a field of health care that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing management of sports-related injuries like:

  • Concussion
  • Muscle sprains
  • Ligament strains
  • Joint dislocation

You may also be at increased risk for repetitive use injuries like jumper’s knee and tennis elbow that can result from regular training and sports participation.

Wellspring Clinic offers comprehensive sports medicine services for adults and children. Dr. Arene customizes a pain management plan to ease your discomfort and prevent your injury from worsening.

Rehabilitative services are also available on-site to restore joint and muscle function following a sports injury.

When should I seek medical care for a sports injury?

Schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Wellspring Clinic after experiencing trauma during sports. Even if you don’t have severe pain at the time of injury, your condition can worsen in the days after the event.

Getting a diagnostic evaluation early ensures you get the treatment you need before your symptoms become severe. Dr. Arene recommends an evaluation if you experience any unusual symptoms after direct trauma or because of repetitive use injuries. These symptoms can include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Severe bruising
  • Limited range of motion

When you have a head injury like a concussion, you might experience issues like dizziness, headaches, and vision changes.

If you experience a head injury that causes severe bleeding or a loss of consciousness, seek immediate medical help at the nearest hospital or call 911.

What happens during a sports medicine consultation?

During your sports medicine appointment at Wellspring Clinic, Dr. Arene completes a physical exam and may order X-rays or other diagnostic tests to evaluate the nature and severity of your injury.

She creates a treatment plan to reduce inflammation and ease existing pain. Your plan may include oral anti-inflammatories and pain relievers. Dr. Arene can also inject medications directly into your joints or muscles to provide lasting pain relief.

Other sports injury treatments may include:

  • Rest
  • Bracing
  • Heat or ice therapy
  • Limiting physical activities

Dr. Arene can also recommend physical therapy to restore the strength and function of injured muscles or joints, so you can safely return to your favorite sports. Additionally, she can suggest warm-up exercises you can do before practice and play to enhance your performance and lower your risk for recurrent sports injuries.

Call Wellspring Clinic to schedule a sports medicine consultation or book an appointment online today.