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Sports Medicine Specialist

Apurva Dalal, MD, FAAOS -  - Orthopaedic Specialist

Tri-State Orthopaedics

Apurva Dalal, MD, FAAOS

Orthopaedic Specialist & Robotic Surgeon located in Germantown, TN & Memphis, TN

Whether you’re a professional athlete in tip-top shape or a regular Joe or Jane tossing the football around in the backyard with your kids, sometimes tweaking a knee or twisting an ankle happens. Apurva Dalal, MD, and the staff at Tri-State Orthopaedics, with offices in Germantown and Memphis, Tennessee, are ready to help relieve your sports medicine issues. Book an appointment online or call today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is a focus area that treats patients who have suffered an injury due to playing sports or other activity involving physical exercise. The most common sports-related injuries are sprains, strains, fractures, and dislocations.

Sports injuries can happen suddenly like during a particularly violent collision or fall, or they can result from other causes, including:

  • Inadequate training
  • Improper use of protective devices
  • Insufficient stretching or warm-up exercises

Sports medicine doctors earn special qualifications during a sports medicine fellowship after they complete a residency program, often in either family medicine or orthopedic surgery. As a highly trained specialist, Dr. Dalal completed an orthopedic surgery residency and continued on to a surgical sports medicine fellowship.

When should I see a doctor for a sports medicine issue?

Aside from suffering from an acute injury like being knocked unconscious, breaking an arm or leg, or dislocating a joint, there’s no uniform answer to this question that applies to everyone. The key is to listen to your body. You will know when something just doesn’t feel right for you.

It’s common to be sore when you overdo physical activity a bit or use muscles that you don’t usually use, but some typical situations can alert you to a possible sports injury, including:

  • The inability to put weight on a limb
  • Severe pain, swelling, or numbness
  • When a nagging old injury hurts or is swollen
  • Weakness in a joint

What kind of treatment is available for sports medicine injuries?

Dr. Dalal will create a treatment plan after a full physical examination and tests like X-rays, scans, and MRIs. His treatment plan may include a combination of treatments, including:

  • At-home treatments like R-I-C-E (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation)
  • Medications to reduce pain or inflammation
  • Immobilization treatments such as slings, casts, and splints
  • Physical therapy like exercise, massage, water therapy, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation
  • Surgery, mostly to set broken bones and fix torn tendons or ligaments

If you have a sports-related injury, make an appointment with Dr. Dalal at Tri-State Orthopaedics in Memphis and Germantown, Tennessee. The caring, professional medical staff will evaluate your condition and help you get back into the game. Call or book your appointment online today.