Fellowship-Trained Sports Medicine Specialists
Whether you play sports on the weekends, are on a high school team, or are a professional athlete, you want a doctor specialized in sports medicine to treat your injury. At Steindler Orthopedic Clinic, our sports medicine doctors cater to your unique situation so you can return to your favorite sports and activities as soon as possible.
If you are suffering from a sport-related pain or have a sports injury or condition, consult with a sports medicine doctor at the Steindler Orthopedic Clinic by calling us at (319) 338-3606 for an appointment.
Common Sports Medicine Conditions
Ligaments are a band of tissue that connect the bones in a joint. Torn ligaments are common sports injuries due to rapid movements and can cause great discomfort and pain. Treatments for torn ligaments may involve rest, icing, physical therapy, or in severe cases, surgery.
Our sports medicine doctors not only treat the injury, but also equip patients with the knowledge they need to help prevent further damage or recurring tears.
Sprains and Fractures
Sprains and bone fractures occur during accidents or when overextending during an activity. While sprains can easily be treated at home, fractures are much more serious and can be hard to identify if they are minor. Whether your injury is minor or severe, identifying it is the first step in properly treating it.
Tendonitis and Tendinosis
Tendons are bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones and allow for movement. Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon, whereas tendinosis is damage that results in the tendon becoming hardened and scarred.
An examination by a medical professional can assure your condition is properly identified and treated. These treatments can range from rest and stretching, to procedures like platelet-rich plasma injections or surgery.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. This plasma is gathered from blood, which is extracted from a vein in your arm. The blood and plasma are spun in a centrifuge until the plasma is separated from the blood and is concentrated into platelet-rich plasma.
PRP is injected into the body to stimulate healing in the area that it is administered. The platelets encourage cell growth and discard damaged cells from the site of the injury. The entire procedure is typically done in less than 30 minutes.
PRP therapy uses material from your own body, avoiding any risks associated with receiving donated blood. PRP injections are considered a form of natural healing and side effects from the procedure are very uncommon.
Sports injuries often involve wounded joints, ligaments, and tendons. PRP injections are a natural way to accelerate the healing of these areas injured while playing sports. Beyond sports injuries, PRP injections could treat damaged muscles, arthritis, and tendonitis. Your physician will evaluate your condition and determine if PRP treatment is the correct choice for you.
While PRP injections are not new to medicine, many insurance companies still consider the procedure experimental and do not cover it. If your insurance does not cover the procedure, your physician will discuss other options that may benefit you.
Once you have scheduled your appointment with one of our specialty-trained doctors, please use the links below to obtain our new patient forms and browse through our tips and suggestions on preparing for your appointment.