Sports Medicine Conditions
Wisconsin Bone & Joint’s Sports Medicine Specialist, Dr. Sean Tracy, specializes in providing comprehensive sports medicine services including the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Regardless of the level of the athlete—recreational, high school, college, even professionals—Dr. Tracy strives to provide the highest quality, state-of-the-art health care services.
Dr. Tracy provides a comprehensive approach to treating sports injuries, which includes superior diagnostics, physical therapy, pain management, and when necessary, the latest surgical techniques.
Commonly thought of as “athlete’s medicine,” sports medicine is really a unique approach to the care of injuries and conditions that occur not only in athletes, but also normal, active people.
As a matter of fact, anyone with an injury or condition that limits their activity level can benefit from a sports medicine approach.
Whether you are a collegiate athlete, weekend warrior, or sedentary person wishing to get more active, sports medicine applies to you.
Principles of Sports Medicine
- Timely Care
- Minimally Invasive Procedures
- Advanced Rehabilitation
- Injury Prevention
- One of the main goals of sports medicine is to put off major orthopedic surgery (such as joint replacement) as long as possible or even remove the need altogether with physical therapy, minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery and timely care.
When everything is working well, you hardly give them a thought. But when a problem arises, it’s often impossible to ignore.
At some time in life, you may experience heel, ankle or foot pain.
Surgical Procedures We Provide
Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic Treatments
In an effort to put off or eliminate the need for orthopedic surgery, Dr. Sean Tracy, our dedicated sports medicine physician, is an expert in the field of minimally invasive arthroscopy.
Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure where a small incision is made near the site of the injury and a small scope is used to make repairs.
With smaller incisions and advanced surgical procedures, arthroscopy has patients active sooner and with less pain.
Some procedures are unique to sports medicine. These can be broken down into categories which include:
Treatment of Shoulder and Elbow Problems in Athletes
Treatment of Knee Problems in Athletes
You should see a doctor for an injury when…
- You have severe pain and cannot put any weight on the injured body part
- The area over or around the injured joint is very tender when you touch it
- The injured area looks crooked or has lumps and bumps (other than swelling) or is altered in its shape or size as compared to the opposite extremity.
- You cannot move the injured joint
- You cannot walk without feeling significant pain
- Your limb buckles or gives way when you try to use the joint
- Your have numbness in any part of the injured area
- You see redness or red streaks spreading out from the injury
- You have pain, swelling, or redness over the injured area
- You are in doubt about the seriousness of the injury or how to care for it
- Of course, if you are injured during the course of a sporting event it is always best to seek the advice of your team physician.
Sports Medicine is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries due to athletic activity. Many of these disorders are treated with arthroscopic surgery, a minimally invasive surgical method that utilizes a camera to look inside a joint and specialized instruments to carry out any necessary surgery in that joint.