Sports Medicine Specialist

Todd Katzman, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Anaheim, CA

Whether you’re a serious athlete at the competitive level or a weekend enthusiast, sports activities often create certain types of injuries that result from the particular strains, twists, turns, and jumps. Dr. Katzman in Anaheim, California, sees many of these injuries, typically to the knees, shoulders, and elbows, common areas treated in sports medicine. Call or click to make an appointment today, if your game is catching up with you.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Since it frequently deals with joints and movement, sports medicine is largely an orthopedic discipline, though most treatment is not surgical. While Dr. Katzman is an orthopedic surgeon, much of his treatment revolves around conservative therapies to avoid the need for surgery.

Many sports-related injuries involve strains and overuse injuries, but there are other conditions that arise due to sports participation, such as concussions, injury prevention education, nutrition, training advice, and return-to-play decisions that the sports medicine doctor takes into account. You don’t need to be an elite-level athlete to benefit from sports medicine care either. Anyone who is injured in sports participation or who wants to avoid such injury may benefit from Dr. Katzman’s experience and insight.

What strains and injuries are common with sports participation?

Among the most common sports injuries are:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Groin pulls
  • Hamstring strains
  • Knee damage, such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) damage and meniscus tears
  • Tennis elbow, or epicondylitis

Sprains, pulls, and strains are the most common sports injuries, and mild to moderate injuries are often treatable at home with rest, ice, and over the counter medication. Injury typically results when ligaments, muscles, or tendons are stretched beyond their normal limits. Ligaments deform while muscles and tendons experience tears.

Knee damage can be much more complex, potentially the most serious of the common sports injuries. The stresses and strains from jumps and landings, as well as quick changes of direction, can damage several knee components. Completely torn ACLs require surgery if you expect to remain active physically, and occasionally, meniscus tears are severe enough for surgery as well.

How are sports injuries treated?

Even if your injury is severe enough for a visit to Dr. Katzman, you may find that the first stages of treatment aren’t much different from home care. Reducing the inflammation associated with an injury is often the first step toward evaluation of the damage.

The next stage may involve physiotherapy or a mild return to action. When pain persists in a joint and there’s no visible cause, further medical diagnostic steps may be needed, such as arthroscopic knee surgery to detect otherwise unseen damage. Treatment options depend largely on the symptoms you experience and how these respond to conservative care.