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At Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists, our specialty-trained sports medicine doctors in Wichita and El Dorado are experts in providing evaluation and treatment for sports-related injuries and conditions.
Within the medical field of orthopaedics, there is a subspecialty known as sports medicine. Physicians who work within this field, called sports medicine specialists, offer their expertise to diagnose and treat sports teams and athletes, including high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. These physicians also care for weekend warriors, who participate in sports primarily for exercise or because they enjoy having an active lifestyle.
Sports medicine specialists have undergone advanced training that allows them to expertly care for athletes with a range of injuries. Some injuries are due to repetitive stress, like rotator cuff injuries. Other injuries often occur in the joints, such as the knees, during a traumatic event, like when players participating in contact sports collide. An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear is one type of knee injury team athletes often sustain.
While it can be difficult to prevent sports-related accidents that cause injuries, exercise-induced injuries can sometimes be avoided. For instance, a training schedule can be adjusted so an athlete has more time to recover between training sessions. This makes him or her less prone to an injury like golfer's elbow.
Some sports medicine doctors work as team physicians. Others may work at a sports medicine center, sports medicine clinic, or another medical center with specialists who practice within the field of orthopaedics. Other healthcare providers, such as primary care physicians, may call on sports medicine specialists when they need greater expertise to help a patient with a sports injury.
Sports-Related Symptoms of Concern
These experiences and symptoms can be related to a sports-related problem and may be familiar to you:
- Ankle pain
- Hip pain
- Joint pain or tenderness
- Locked joint
- Popping sound in the knee
- Unable to bear weight
Common Sports Medicine Conditions & Injuries
A sports medicine doctor or surgeon may diagnose you with one of the following orthopaedic medical conditions or sports injuries:
- ACL tear
- Ankle sprain
- Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis)
- Hip fracture
- Ligament tear
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
Exceptional Sports Medicine Care at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists
When you visit Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists in Wichita or El Dorado, you'll meet with one of our fellowship-trained sports medicine doctors, Dr. Bradley Bruner or Dr. Thomas Sanders. Our specialty-trained orthopaedic expert treats patients just like you, helping restore them to better health and an improved quality of life. He not only provides orthopaedic care, but he also has a deep commitment to patient education. He understands the challenges patients with sports medicine issues face and knows how to listen to and address your questions and concerns.
It's important to know that our doctor always strives to recommend a nonsurgical treatment option first. Through his diagnostic process, he will be able to determine if a nonoperative treatment plan, such as physical therapy, exercise, or medication, will be the best approach for a patient.
However, if surgery is needed, our sports medicine surgeon will apply his advanced skills to perform the surgery, using our state-of-the-art technology. Whether you're undergoing a sports medicine surgery, such as ACL reconstruction or arthroscopy, or another procedure, he'll be with you every step of the way, from your first consultation at our office, during your surgical procedure, and through your recovery and rehabilitation.
Our orthopaedic experts in Wichita, Scott City, and El Dorado can assess and diagnose your condition and consult with you about what treatment approach may be best for you. Sometimes, our sports medicine doctors may consult with other medical doctors at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists about your sports medicine problem. This opportunity for experts to share knowledge and perspective is just one of the many benefits of being treated by our doctors at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our sports medicine specialists by phone at (316) 219-8299 or by using the request an appointment button below. We have convenient office locations in Wichita, Scott City, and El Dorado.