Leading an active life is critical to your overall health, and sports medicine is designed to keep you in the game. At Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates, the team of orthopedic specialists works with patients in Independence, Ohio, to help them increase performance, prevent injury, and recover quickly from sports injuries. To maintain your active lifestyle through quality sports medicine, call or request an appointment using the online scheduler.

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What is sports medicine?

No matter your age or your activity level, if sports play a role in your life, so, too, should sports medicine. The goal behind sports medicine is to keep you off the sidelines and performing at your best. To do this, Dr. Keppler and his team work with you using custom-tailored programs that address your specific needs.

One of the biggest components in sports medicine is to prevent injury in the first place, and Dr. Keppler does this through strength-training programs and biomechanical assessments.

If you do injure yourself, Dr. Keppler uses the most advanced treatments available to get you back to doing what you love most, as strong as ever and as quickly as possible.

If overuse and stress are damaging your musculoskeletal system, Dr. Keppler can help you overcome these degenerative conditions to stay active.

What are the most common sports injuries?

Sports, by their very nature, place stresses on your body, but some are too much and lead to:

  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Cartilage degeneration and damage
  • Torn meniscus
  • Anterior cruciate or medial collateral ligament tears
  • Sudden impact and stress fractures
  • Gait imbalances
  • Shoulder impingement and instability
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

This list is by no means comprehensive as there are myriad ways you can injure yourself participating in sports. Rest assured, however, that whatever your injury, the team at Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates can help.

How are sports injuries treated?

The answer to this is tricky as it depends upon your unique situation. Dr. Keppler typically starts out conservatively with:

  • RICE — rest, ice, compression, and elevation
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Stem cell therapy

If your injury or condition requires surgery, Dr. Keppler offers joint replacement, spine surgery, and most other orthopedic surgeries that address soft and hard tissue problems. Dr. Keppler uses the latest minimally invasive and laparoscopic techniques wherever possible to speed up your recovery and decrease collateral tissue damage.

To stay in the game, call Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates to learn more about their sports medicine program. Or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.