Sports medicine focuses on treating and preventing injuries in an athletic context. Any physically active person can benefit greatly from this branch of medicine, because it helps to shed light on how to be active in the healthiest way possible, and reduce the risk of injuries.
Common Injuries Treated by Sports Medicine Specialists
Our surgeons treat athletic condition and injuries. Here are some of the most common sports-related injuries:
- Sprains: pain and inflammation/swelling of a joint because of a ligament injury
- Fractures: bone breaks
- Knee and shoulder injuries: the two major joints associated with sports injuries from running, throwing, swinging, and lifting
- Tendonitis: chronic inflammation of a tendon due to overuse or strains
- Cartilage Injury: excessive strain or use of a joint can erode the cartilage, causing pain when used
AOI’s Very Own Sports Medicine Doctor
Dr. Alfred J. Cook Jr. is an orthopedic surgeon with a sub-specialty in sports medicine. He enjoys seeing patients concerned with maintaining an active lifestyle, including athletes and lovers of exercise. Dr. Cook earned his degree and performed his orthopedic surgery residency at Northwestern University, and completed his sports medicine fellowship at Duke University Hospital. Come see him for any sports medicine related injuries or concerns!