Sports Medicine

Greenwich Health

Interventional Pain Management Specialists, Venous Medicine Specialists, and Cosmetic Medicine Specialists located in Midtown, New York, NY, Darien, CT & Greenwich, CT

Taking part in physical activity and sports is highly beneficial for your health, but it can result in injuries, or you may struggle to reach your potential because of underlying health issues. Julie Huang-Lionnet, MD, of Greenwich Health, located in Fairfield County, Manhattan, and the Greater New York City communities, is a highly qualified expert in pain and regenerative medicine, who also provides state-of-the-art treatments for sports-related injuries and performance optimization. Dr. Huang-Lionnet can help you recover from injury and optimize your performance. Call Greenwich Health today or book an appointment online.

Sports Medicine Q & A

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What is Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine encompasses the treatment of injuries sustained during sporting activities or training and focuses on the health of individuals participating in sports who’d like to optimize their performance.  Sports injuries are a common side effect of taking part in sports and high-intensity physical activities, and typically manifest as:

  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Soft tissue tears
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Impact injuries

Sprains, strains, and tears are a result of muscle fibers or connective tissues stretching too far and being unable to spring back into place. Fractures and dislocations affect bones and joints, but can also cause extensive damage to the surrounding tissues.

You may incur this kind of injury during play as a sudden trauma, for example getting tackled in a football game and sustaining a broken arm, or it could be the result of repetitive strain, as is the case with tennis elbow.

How do I Know if I Have a Sports Injury?

Sports injuries tend to exhibit similar symptoms. For example, pain is almost always present either when the injury occurs or shortly afterward. You may find it hard to use the affected limb or joint as you would normally, and it’s likely to swell and feel tender.

If you feel any kind of pain or discomfort in your musculoskeletal system, it’s sensible to see Dr. Huang-Lionnet at Greenwich Health for an assessment. Fractures and sprains aren’t always easy to tell apart, so what you believe might be a sprained ligament in your ankle, for example, could turn out to involve a broken bone.

What Treatments are Available for Sports Injuries?

Dr. Huang-Lionnet provides an impressive array of cutting-edge treatments using advanced imaging-guided technology and the latest scientific knowledge. She bases the treatment program she recommends around your personal needs, but options include:

  • Epidural steroid injections - Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar
  • Radiofrequency neurotomy - Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar
  • Selective nerve root block - Thoracic, Lumbar
  • Facet joint injections - Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar
  • Diagnostic medial branch block injections - Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar
  • Joint injections for knee, hip, sacroiliac joint, and shoulder
  • Caudal or Interlaminar epidural steroid injections - Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar
  • Transforaminal epidural steroid injections - Thoracic, Lumbar
  • Sympathetic Blocks (Stellate Ganglion, Celiac, Superior Hypogastric Plexus, Ganglion Impar) for Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Spinal cord stimulation (SCS)
  • Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation
  • Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS)
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for soft tissue injuries or pathology (sports), joints (pain), facial rejuvenation, and hair restoration

As well as being able to diagnose and treat sports injuries, Dr. Huang-Lionnet understands the crucial role of your general wellness. Any dietary deficiency or underlying health condition could have a significant effect on your performance and ability to train, so helping you stay well is vital.

To arrange a consultation with Dr. Huang-Lionnet, call Greenwich Health today or book an appointment online.