Treatment Of Sports Injuries


Warren J. Strudwick, Jr., M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon in Emeryville, CA

More than 8.6 million Americans suffer sports-related injuries annually. In Emeryville, California, orthopaedic surgeon Warren J. Strudwick, Jr., M.D., at Bay Area Orthopaedic & Sports Specialists treats high school, college, and professional athletes who’ve suffered sports injuries. As the team physician for the Oakland Raiders, Dr. Strudwick is trained to get athletes back in action after an injury. Don’t let your sports injury sideline you any longer than necessary. Call us to schedule your sports injury consultation with Dr. Strudwick today.

Treatment of Sports Injuries Q & A

What are common sports injuries?

Exercise is a great thing. It’s not only good for your physical health but also benefits your emotional well-being. Regular physical activity balances your moods, improves your self-esteem, and relieves stress.

However, exercise and physical activity also comes with the risk of injury. Common sports injuries include: 

  • Strains and sprains
  • Knee injury
  • Ankle injury
  • Rotator cuff tear 
  • Broken bones
  • Stress fractures
  • Back injury
  • Achilles tendon injuries

Sprains and strains are among the most common sports injuries. Sprains are injuries to the soft tissue called ligaments and tendons that connect your bone to bone and muscles to bones. If you twist or stretch them past their limits, your ligaments can tear or become deformed.

Injury to muscle fibers or tendons that anchor muscle to bone are called strains. Injury to ligaments are called sprains. Overusing or overstretching them can cause tears.

What causes sports injuries?

There are many different reasons why everyone from the casual weekend warrior to the elite professional athlete gets hurt while participating in sports activities. Sports injuries can happen as a result of:

  • Lack of conditioning or fatigue 
  • Poor playing conditions
  • Poor training practices
  • Improper or insufficient gear or equipment 
  • Insufficient pre-excercise warmup
  • Just bad luck

Acute sports injuries occur during the course of exercise or other athletic activity. Chronic sports injuries develop after playing a sport or doing an activity over long periods of time. Both types of sports injuries can be painful and debilitating.

How are sports injuries treated?

Throughout his career as the physician for high school, college, Olympic, and professional sports teams, Dr. Strudwick has seen nearly every type of sports injury.

He takes a comprehensive approach to treating tears, sprains, strains, and fractures, combining traditional methods with cutting-edge treatments for optimal results and restored performance. Depending on your sports injury, your treatment plan may involve:

  • RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Progressive return to activity
  • Surgery or other individualized non-surgcial treatment

Surgery for sports injuries doesn’t require the downtime it once did as it’s now less invasive and offers a faster recovery. Dr. Strudwick treats your sports injuries quickly and effectively to get you back on the court, the field, or the track as quickly as possible.

Whether you’re a student-athlete or a seasoned professional, trust your body to the best physician possible. Call to schedule your consultation with Dr. Strudwick at Bay Area Orthopaedic & Sports Specialists today.