Whether you’re a pro athlete, student athlete, or weekend warrior, if you play sports, you’ll benefit from sports medicine. Amish Naik, MD, PhD, is an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist who treats athletes of all ages and levels at Alta Orthopedics in Millburn, New Jersey. Sports medicine helps you repair injuries in a timely fashion so you can return to your game. Your doctor and physical therapist also teach you new, more efficient ways to move to reduce your risk of future injuries. Set up a sports medicine consultation at Alta Orthopedics by phone or via the online form today.
Sports medicine concentrates on the types of injuries that you’re most likely to suffer if you’re an athlete. Dr. Naik underwent specialized training to work with professional and amateur athletes. He helps them recover from injuries so they can play again and teaches them ways to avoid injuries.
Athletes often injure their backs, necks, or joints, as well as the soft tissues that support them. Dr. Naik treats all sports-related injuries.
Some common types of sports injuries are:
Many sports medicine injuries occur in the shoulder joints and knee joints.
Athletes often injure their shoulders if they throw balls or swing racquets or bats. Dr. Naik treats injured labrums, shoulder instability, rotator cuff tears, and patellar tendonitis. He also treats tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and wrist and hand problems, including carpal tunnel syndrome.
Athletes can injure their knees when they twist their legs while landing after a jump or when they stop short after running. Dr. Naik uses nonsurgical treatments and minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to restore a torn meniscus (knee cartilage) or a torn Achilles tendon.
If you’ve torn a rotator cuff, an Achilles tendon, or a meniscus in your knee, Dr. Naik may recommend an arthroscopic repair. An arthroscope is a tiny camera that he inserts through a small incision near the injured area, which transmits a magnified image to a computer monitor. Dr. Naik then inserts very small surgical instruments through another incision to repair your injured tissues with minimal trauma and bleeding.
Arthroscopic surgery is much less invasive than traditional open surgery. Your recovery time is faster, so you can get back to your sport as soon as possible. If your joint is severely injured, he may recommend arthroscopic joint replacement surgery.
Dr. Naik and his team evaluate the way you walk, run, throw, and perform other movements to ensure that you’re moving in the safest, most efficient way possible. Your physical therapist also custom designs exercises to help build your strength and optimize your performance.
Find out how to repair your injury and prevent injuries in the future by setting up a sports medicine consultation at Alta Orthopedics by phone or through the online form.