Recovering From Sports Injury

If you’re dealing with managing chronic pain from a sports injury, the doctors at Gardner Orthopedics in Fort Myers, Florida, both treat and educate their patients to give them the ability to make empowering decisions about their health care. Dealing with a recurring injury can sometimes be daunting, especially if you’ve tried many treatment options. You can get quality orthopedic care at Gardner Orthopedics and get back to feeling like yourself quickly. Call or schedule an appointment online to get quality care at Gardner today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

Sports medicine doctors have special training to restore function to injured patients and get them back up and moving as quickly as possible. Sports medicine doctors are knowledgeable about preventing injuries and illness in those who are active, professional athletes, are teens or adults who play sports and exercise, or people who have physically demanding careers like construction workers.

Although most sports injuries do not require surgery, if you have a severe injury while exercising or playing sports, it’s best to seek treatment immediately at an emergency room. Signs of severe injury include swelling, numbness, severe pain, or an inability to put weight on the injured area. If you have none of these symptoms, just rest at home and call Gardner Orthopedics for guidance on what you should do next and whether you should come in for treatment.

You should definitely come into Gardner Orthopedics if you suspect you have any of the following injuries or illnesses:

  • Tendinitis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Knee and shoulder injuries
  • Fractures
  • Cartilage injuries

The providers at Gardner Orthopedics can help diagnose any of these problems so you can receive proper treatment.

Platelets are found in cells in your blood that stimulate the healing of bone and soft tissues. Platelets have growth factors which provide many ways of assisting in cell repair, including decreasing inflammation, acting as signals to the body’s immune system, and improving cell growth.

Platelets also have cytokines, which are responsible for almost every single repair process in the body. They also attract stem cells, which attach to the injured tissue to help blood coagulation.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a treatment option at Gardner Orthopedics used to accelerate healing time. Clinical research has shown that using PRP can heal and regenerate damaged, lost, or aging tissue, making it a great alternative to having surgery.

Several sports medicine conditions can be treated by PRP, including:

  • Chronic Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Joint pain
  • Ligament and muscle injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Early partial tendon tears

Stem cells are primitive cells that have the ability to reduce inflammation, self-replicate, and differentiate into multiple tissues.

The cells are naturally harvested from your bone marrow, blood or fat tissue and are then injected in the area that is causing pain. They’re used to treat many types of chronic pain and degeneration.  Many patients prefer this method because it’s less invasive than surgery.

Sports medicine injuries — such as an injury to the knee meniscus, chronic knee pain from a past injury, arthritis, or a torn knee ligament — are all great candidates for stem cell treatment at Gardner Orthopedics. Stem cell treatment is a natural and minimally invasive way to treat injuries. Surgery for these types of injuries comes with months of rehabilitation, whereas stem cell treatment typically has patients back to their normal selves in a few days and fully recovered in a few weeks.

If you’re interested in learning more about stem cell or PRP treatment, call or schedule an appointment online with Gardner Orthopedics today.


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