Sports Medicine Specialist

Grace Family Health

Family Medicine & Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology located in Murrieta, CA & Menifee, CA

If you’re highly active or raising a student-athlete, there a number of common sports injuries that you may encounter. At Grace Family Health in Murrieta, Menifee, and Temecula, California, Kyle Myer, DO, and the skilled medical team provide comprehensive, evidence-based sports medicine to patients of all ages. To book an appointment for you or a loved one, call one of the offices or book online today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of sports-related injuries and conditions. A sports medicine physician is a doctor dedicated to managing and improving the lives of patients leading active lifestyles. Sports medicine isn’t just for competitive athletes. Whether you’re biking, running, or just starting to increase your activity level, if you experience an injury, sports medicine can help you regain full function as quickly as possible.

What are some common sports injuries?

Common sports injuries include:

  • Sprained ankle
  • ACL tear
  • Shin splints
  • Dislocations
  • Tennis elbow
  • Pulled groin
  • Fractures
  • Tendonitis
  • Muscle strains

Many sports injuries are caused by overexertion and sudden or awkward movements. In addition to treating your condition, your doctor can also help you establish ways to prevent sports injuries in the future. 

How are sports injuries treated?

Treatment for sports injuries begins with an accurate diagnosis. At Grace Family Health, evaluations begin with a physical exam and discussion of your signs and symptoms. Depending on your condition, there are a number of different symptoms you may experience including:

  • Swelling
  • Visible deformity
  • Limited range of motion
  • Weakness
  • Sudden and severe pain
  • Tenderness

Depending on your symptoms and physical exam, there are a number of additional tests that may be performed to diagnose your injury. Grace Family Health provides on-site X-rays and same-day appointments to get your treatment started as soon as possible. 

There are a number of different treatments used to address sports injuries. In many cases, minor sprains and pain can be addressed with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. If you experience a fracture or broken bone, you may need to wear a cast for several weeks to recover. If your condition is persistent or severe, Grace Family Health provides a number of safe and effective treatments including:

  • Physical therapy/rehabilitation
  • Cortisone joint/tendon injections
  • Pain medications

If you experience chronic or recurring muscle pain, the team also offers trigger point injections. In some cases, surgery is required to effectively treat sports injuries. At Grace Family Health, the doctor works with you to develop a personalized treatment plan for your condition. To schedule a visit for you or a loved one, book an appointment by phone or online.