Sports Injuries

Have you been sidelined by an injury? Let the Center for Sports Medicine at Adventist Health Hanford help get you back in the game. Our team of highly trained experts specializes in the evaluation and management of injuries that affect physically active people — whether young or old, competitive athlete or weekend warrior. We will answer all of your questions and get you on the right path toward your goal.

Concussion

Concussion is a disturbance of brain function that occurs after a blow to the head. It is one of the most common sports injuries. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 1.6–3.2 million concussions occur yearly in sports and other recreational activities. Unfortunately, many people don't realize how serious a concussion is or the potential impact it can have on your future health.

Symptoms of a concussion may include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling in a "fog" or "slowed down"
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Amnesia (memory loss)
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Poor coordination/balance
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea/vomiting

Concussion treatment at the Center for Sports Medicine

Every concussion is a serious injury. At the Center for Sports Medicine, our sports medicine physicians have advanced training in treating concussions and helping athletes lower their risk for more serious brain injury and complications. We use a neurocognitive test called ImPACT as well as vestibular balance testing to help measure the effects of a concussion and determine when it is safe for an athlete to return to play.

Knee injuries

​There are many diseases and types of injuries that can affect your knee.

Some of the most common are:

  • Bursitis
  • Dislocation
  • Fractures
  • Ligament tears
  • Meniscal tears
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendonitis

Immediately after an injury, follow the RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) method. Seek medical treatment as soon as possible if your pain is severe, your knee is swollen, or you cannot move your knee and/or bear any weight. Injuries that are not treated appropriately can lead to chronic knee pain. Treatments for knee injuries range from medication and physical therapy to surgical repair.

Back injuries

Back injuries are evaluated and usually treated immediately with physical therapy in order to diminish back stiffness, improve recruitment of other muscles, and reduce muscle spasms and pain. Your injured muscles are balanced against uninjured muscles that counter force and engagement, which can often stop a back spasm earlier than if just rest is used.

We are aggressive in using ice and anti-inflammatory medications as necessary in order to stop the immediate muscle spasm and pain, as well as other activities and back exercises in order to retrain the back and core muscles to diminish the recurrence of back injuries.

Hip injuries

The hip is one of the most stable joints in the body, but its function as the body’s weight bearer makes it susceptible to overuse injury due to excessive pressure. Pain in the hip may also involve injury to muscles, tendons or bursae.

Common causes of hip pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Fractures
  • Muscle strain
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Tendinitis

Hand and wrist injuries

​The hand is composed of many different bones, muscles and ligaments that allow for a large amount of movement and dexterity. There are many common hand problems and injuries that can interfere with your activity level.

The Center for Sports Medicine’s fellowship-trained hand specialist uses the latest techniques to treat many common problems including:

  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Dupuytren's contracture
  • Fractures
  • Tendon injuries