Whether you’re a student athlete, professional, or a weekend fun-runner, your sports training and competition puts physical stress on your body that increases your risk of injury. Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD, offers expert sports medicine services at SEVA Pain Institute, in Tracy, California, to help you recover from injury and safely get back to your beloved sport. Call SEVA Pain Institute or make an appointment online today.
Sports Medicine Q & A
What is sports medicine?
Sports medicine is a specialty area that focuses on both treating sports-related injuries and providing treatments and therapy to help athletes improve their performance and reduce their risk of injury. Sports medicine experts like Dr. Dhaliwal work with athletes of all abilities. Whether you play in a weekend soccer league, are a student athlete, or a pro, working with Dr. Dhaliwal can help you become more competitive.
What are common sports injuries?
Most sports require at least some running, jumping, and sudden changes of direction, which can all put significant physical stress on your muscles, bones, joints, and connective tissues. And if you don’t warm up correctly or take other precautions, your risk of injury increases.
Some of the most common sports injuries include:
- Sprains and strains — especially ankles and hamstrings
- ACL tears and other knee injuries
- Tendonitis in your elbow and Achilles
- Rotator cuff injuries
You can also suffer from musculoskeletal pain throughout your body, especially in your low back, shoulders, and legs from overtraining and failing to warm up and cool down correctly.
What are the available sports medicine treatments?
Dr. Dhaliwal offers a comprehensive range of treatments to treat sports injuries and help you develop your strength and flexibility, reducing your risk of future injuries.
He provides regenerative medicine treatments, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections and stem cell therapy, to accelerate your recovery. Both PRP injections and stem cells use samples from your blood and tissue to create serums that are rich in either growth factors or progenitor cells.
Growth factors are the proteins your body needs for cellular repair and regeneration. Progenitor cells have the unique ability to turn into whatever type of cell your body needs. When you’re injured, PRP injections and stem cell therapy flood your damaged tissue with everything it needs for healing.
Dr. Dhaliwal often recommends physical therapy for athletes. Physical therapy helps recondition muscles, allowing you to move more normally and with less pain. Dr. Dhaliwal works closely with local physical therapists to build personalized regimens to help you regain strength and minimize further disability. The increased strength and flexibility you develop during physical therapy can also improve your performance, making you faster and more competitive.
If you’re an athlete, training and competing in Tracy, California, call SEVA Pain Institute or make an appointment online to discover how Dr. Dhaliwal can help you improve your performance and decrease your risk of injury.