Sports Medicine at Rutherford Orthopedics

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139 Dr. Henry Norris Drive
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Phone: (828) 287-9260

The sports medicine specialists at Rutherford Orthopedics can help you rebound from an athletic injury, no matter your age. We specialize in treating injuries to your bones, joints and muscles. We also can set up a rehabilitation plan to get you back in action and help you prevent injury in the first place, whether you’re a recreational or high-level athlete.

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is not in itself a medical specialty. Instead, it comprises a group of medical professionals who focus on the health of an athlete.

The physicians on the sports medicine team at Rutherford Orthopedics are board-certified orthopedic surgeons who can treat different sports injuries, particularly in the knee, shoulder, hip, foot, ankle, elbow and hand.

They can also provide comprehensive care for people who work in physically demanding jobs like construction work, or for people who want to become active again and start an exercise program.

Most sports injuries can fall into one of two categories:

  • Acute injuries (such as sprained ankles, strained muscles, injured knees or shoulders, broken bones)
  • Overuse injuries (such as tendonitis or stress fractures).

At Rutherford Orthopedics, we’ll perform a physical exam and conduct any necessary tests, such as MRI or X-ray, before recommending treatment.

Youth sports injuries

If your child suffers a serious injury during exercise or sports, your best action is to head to the Emergency Room at Rutherford Regional Health System for immediate treatment. Signs of a serious injury include:

  • Severe pain
  • Puffiness or swelling
  • Numbness
  • An inability to put any weight on the injured area

Most sports injuries do not require surgery, but some injuries may require surgery to repair torn tendons, ligaments, muscles or broken bones. If necessary, you may receive a referral to Rutherford Orthopedics.