Sports Medicine

OasisMD Lifestyle Healthcare -  - Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeon

OasisMD Lifestyle Healthcare

Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeons, Plastic, Microvascular, & Hand Surgeons, and Surgical Oncology located in San Diego, CA, Temecula, CA, & Encinitas, CA

If you’re dealing with chronic pain from a sports injury, personalized sports medicine is designed to help get you back in the game as safely and quickly as possible. At OasisMD with three locations in Encinitas, San Diego, and Temecula, California, qualified orthopedic surgeons David Chao, MD, and Matthew J. Gargulinski, DO, offer revolutionary sports medicine treatments like PRP therapy and corticosteroid injections to manage your chronic pain and get you feeling better. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is focused on treating sports injuries and improving sports performance. Sports medicine doctors have expertise and knowledge in preventing injuries and illnesses and treating people from all walks of life, such as:

  • People who are active
  • Professional athletes
  • People with physically demanding careers, such as construction workers
  • Adolescents or adults who play sports and exercise

Sports medicine providers undergo special training in a number of effective methods to restore functioning following an injury and get you back up and moving as quickly as possible.

When should you choose sports medicine?

Sports injuries that don’t require emergency medical attention can typically be successfully treated with personalized sports medicine.

You should visit OasisMD if you suspect you might have any of the following concerns or injuries:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Knee and shoulder injuries
  • Fractures
  • Tendinitis
  • Heat illness
  • Cartilage injuries
  • Joint degeneration and arthritis

Dr. Chao or Dr. Gargulinski can help diagnose any of these problems, so you can receive the best possible treatment.

What are some of the sports medicine treatments?

OasisMD offers a range of effective sports medicine treatments, including: 

  • Regenerative medicine, such as platelet-rich plasma PRP therapy
  • Medications, such as anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, and pain-relievers
  • Healthy lifestyle modifications, such as nutritional counseling, stress management, and appropriate exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Surgery when needed

Dr. Chao or Dr. Gargulinski might recommend weight loss management if necessary. In some cases, a surgery might be the right solution, such as an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair.

How is PRP therapy used in sports medicine?

PRP therapy involves utilizing the power of your own platelets and growth factors from your blood to accelerate your body’s natural healing process. 

Your blood is taken from your arm in-office, spun in a centrifuge machine to concentrate the platelets, and re-injected back into your injured or painful area where the growth factors get to work right away.

During your personal consultation, the OasisMD team takes time to explain the treatments in detail, discuss your concerns and symptoms and medical and family history, and answer your questions. You can expect a personalized treatment plan and plenty of time to determine the right treatments for you. 

Treatment is customized for your condition and your needs, so every case is unique. Your treatment might include bracing, splinting, short-term oral medication, and corticosteroid injections. 

You might also benefit from physical therapy to help you regain strength and range of motion. Regenerative medicine like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can encourage faster healing.

If you’re interested in sports medicine to relieve your pain and accelerate healing, call OasisMD or book online to explore your available treatment options.