Sports Medicine Physicians Williamstown, MA
At Orthopedic Associates of Northern Berkshire, our sports medicine specialists will tailor their care to the needs of injured athletes who want to improve their overall physical condition for better performance and to prevent injuries in the future.
In most cases, the body will heal naturally with the right combination of progressive strengthening exercises and rest. Movement is essential to avoid swelling and stiffness, which leads to more pain.
Our goal is to avoid surgery, but if you have a fracture or torn ligament, muscle, or tendon, surgery may be the primary treatment. Arthroscopic surgery is often used to treat sports injuries because it is minimally invasive, which means less pain, less scarring, less down time, and a faster return to sports. Learn more about this procedure below.
Our orthopedic education center is packed with information about how we diagnose and treat common sports injuries. Some of the most common knee, leg, foot, shoulder, and elbow injuries we see and treat are listed below.
Knee, Leg & Foot Injuries
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
- Meniscal Tears
- Patellar Tendon Tear
- Cartilage Tears
- Shin Splints
- Hamstring Muscle Injuries
- Achilles Tendon Tear
Shoulder & Elbow Injuries
- Rotator Cuff Tear
- Shoulder Impingement
- Separated and Dislocated Shoulder
- Tennis Elbow
- Little League Syndrome (Pitcher’s Elbow)
- Golfer’s Elbow
Find more sports injuries in our patient education library.
Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that allows the surgeon to diagnose and repair diseased or damage tissue simultaneously. The goal of arthroscopy is to reduce pain and improve function or mobility in the joint.
In sports medicine, arthroscopy is often used for knee, shoulder, elbow, and ankle injuries involving tendons and ligaments. The surgeon makes two or three tiny incisions and inserts a miniature scope with surgical tools and a camera attached to examine the tissues inside the joint and make repairs on the spot. Because the incisions are so small, there is little or no scarring.
Benefits of arthroscopy:
- Small incisions
- Minimal scarring
- Very little bleeding
- Rapid recovery
- Less pain
Learn more about shoulder arthroscopy and knee arthroscopy in our patient education library.
Our sports medicine doctors know sports, and we have helped numerous college and adult athletes in western Massachusetts and southern Vermont. Call us today to have an expert look at your injury. Dial (413) 458-4452 or request an appointment online to be seen in North Adams or Pittsfield, MA.