Medicine - More Than Just for Athletes
Sports medicine involves the evaluation and
treatment of acute injuries to the joints, ligaments, tendons or
At PainCare, we evaluate and manage a wide range
of sports and non-sports related injuries including some of the
most common injuries to the knees, shoulders and ankles.
Bones, muscles and joints bear the brunt of
traumatic impact and rotational forces incurred in physical
activities. When sports injuries occur, they can occur as
quickly as miss stepping off a curb.
As with every branch of medicine, proper
diagnosis and treatment are important for prompt recovery.
For example, knee pain can originate from any of
many parts of the joint or the surrounding
structures. Runners with pain on the outside of the knee
accompanied by tenderness in the thigh usually have problems
with the iliotibial band (ITB), or the fibrous band that
attaches one of the thigh muscles to the knee. This occurs
because runners tend to over rotate their feet inward while
running down hill and over-stretch the tendon and muscle.
Thus a knee pain in a runner may not be due to
any problem with the knee itself; physical therapy with
cortisone injection into the tendon and muscle in this case
usually resolves the problem.
At PainCare we focus our care starting from
proper evaluation. Once the diagnosis is made, we coordinate
and perform care through our modern, comprehensive facility.
Our strengths are safe, convenient, effective and affordable
care. For more information, please call 949-457-9900, or refer
to our web site at
Article contributed by Dr. Khang Lai, Board
Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist,
PainCare Medical Group, Irvine, California.