Sports Injuries

Have you suffered a sports injury, or know someone who has injured themselves? Call Dr. Stewart immediately! It doesn’t take long before a sports injury turns into long term disability by weakening the area injured. Getting an accurate diagnosis and starting treatment immediately can be the difference between a complete recovery and nagging, long term pain and loss of function.

By seeing Dr. Stewart you are making the choice to get quality care by a seasoned professional. A thorough consultation ensures an understanding of the mechanism of injury (how the injury occurred in real time) and what has happened historically that may complicate recovery. An examination of the injured area will follow to get a better understanding of what tissue (bone, cartilage, muscle, tendon, and/or ligament) has been injured in the affected area. If medical imaging is necessary Dr. Stewart will send for the appropriate technique such as x-ray, MRI, CT, bone scan, or ultrasound.

Once a diagnosis has been formulated, treatment will ensue. Treatment will typically include in-office, passive and hands-on treatment, and take home exercises for strengthening and flexibility. Only state-of-the-art equipment and the most up to date protocols are utilized in the office. If medical intervention or physical therapy is required Dr. Stewart has a network of highly competent professionals to assist in the rehabilitative process.

Sports injury care is broken down into 3 phases. The first phase is to control inflammation, reduce pain, prevent re-injury, and prevent scar tissue formation. Phase two of care starts with treatment to improve joint function, exercises to reinstate proper balance and control, and gentle stretching exercises towards the end of the phase. Phase three incorporates more challenging strengthening exercises, sports specific movements, and continued balance (proprioception) exercises. The total length of treatment time depends on many factors including the general health and fitness of the athlete, history of prior injuries, and time between injury and commencement of treatment.