Orthopedics located in Memphis, TN
Sports, by their very design, put your body through the paces, sometimes pushing it beyond its limits. At Titan Orthopedics, John Lochemes, MD, offers sports medicine to clients of every age, from the littlest athlete to the most senior, keeping them in the game and performing well. If you’re in the Memphis, Tennessee, area, call the sports medicine specialist or use the online booking tool to set up an appointment.
Sports Medicine Q & A
What is sports medicine?
Sports medicine is a branch of orthopedics that deals with the added stresses that athletic endeavors place on your body, especially your:
- Feet and ankles
But sports medicine goes far beyond just treating an injury in these areas. Dr. Lochemes also understands the active lifestyle, and he bases your care on getting you back into the game as quickly and safely as possible.
One of the keys to a safe return to sports is the prevention of re-injury, so Dr. Lochemes turns to conditioning programs through physical therapy as a great preventive tool.
What are the treatments in sports medicine?
Dr. Lochemes relies on a number of different treatment modalities for his active patients, including:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Splinting, casting, and bracing
- Regenerative medicine, including stem cell therapy
- Physical therapy
If you catch your problem early enough, these steps are often all it takes to keep you in the game, or at least get you back to it more quickly.
If, however, your injury doesn’t respond, Dr. Lochemes may recommend surgery. As well, if your injury requires the assistance of a specialist, the doctor points you in the right direction to get the help you need.
Does sports medicine include preventive care?
Yes! One of the keys to good sports medicine is to head off a potentially sidelining injury. Dr. Lochemes prefers to work with you at the first signs of trouble to prevent the condition from progressing further and causing greater damage.
For example, if your elbow is starting to bother you after a game of tennis, or your knee is stiff after a long run, these are warning flags that you may be overstressing the joint. And the earlier you get in to see Dr. Lochemes, the better, as he can help you avoid a more serious problem that may require more aggressive treatment.
Sometimes, a good physical therapy program, some rest, and an adjustment in your athletic pursuits can mean the difference between your continued enjoyment of your sport and a sidelining surgery.
For expert sports medicine for athletes of all ages, call Titan Orthopedics or use the online booking tool.