The Benefits of Quality Orthopaedic Care
Athletes are expected to keep their bodies in top physical shape at all times in order to stay competitive, but even if you aren’t a hardcore athlete, you are vulnerable to injury and should make your orthopaedic health a priority.
The most common sports-related injuries involve joints, muscles, and ligaments – even for those who are only recreationally active. Many of us have seen our favorite athletes taken out of commission by tearing a critical ligament or muscle, but few realize how important it is to tend to even minor musculoskeletal injuries. Being under the care of an orthopaedic surgeon you can trust will help keep you in top shape, whether you’re a serious athlete or not.
A Helpful Guide to Recovery
Finding yourself dealing with musculoskeletal pain or an injury can be overwhelming to deal with. An experienced orthopaedic physician like those here at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine can diagnose your pain accurately, and work with you to create a treatment program that suits your goals. Our experience in sports medicine allows us to more accurately take into consideration the specific demands that physical activity puts on your body.
In addition to creating a strategy for healing your pain or recovering from your injury, an orthopaedic specialist can help construct a rehabilitation plan to get you back feeling your best. After an injury, your body needs to work slowly towards recovery, and you should avoid getting back to play until your body is fully rehabilitated. The most common forms of rehabilitation come in the following forms:
- Physical therapy
- Supervision from your orthopaedic doctor
Proper rehabilitation will not only get the affected part of your body functioning at its original capacity, but it goes a long way towards preventing re-injury in the future as well.
Many musculoskeletal injuries, sports-related or not, can be prevented. Many professional athletes wear protective braces during play to help prevent ligament injuries, and that prevention carries over into other musculoskeletal ailments like arthritis. An orthopaedic specialist can offer treatments and advice to help slow the progression of degenerative diseases and help you manage your pain.
Let Us Help
Whether you’re a serious athlete, someone who leads an active lifestyle, or if you’ve suffered a joint injury during your everyday activities, the team of Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeons and physical & occupational therapists here at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine can help you along the road to recovery and prevention. Request an appointment, or call us today at 904-825-0540.
ALBERT VOLK, MD
Board certifications in Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. He specializes in an all-arthroscopic rotator cuff repair of the shoulder.