Sports Medicine Doctor

At Tahoe Forest Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, we are focused on a better you. Our specialty-trained sports medicine doctors and staff are dedicated to providing specialized sports medicine care to patients in Truckee, Incline Village, and the surrounding communities.

When an athlete has a sports-related injury, the doctor who treats them may be a sports medicine specialist. These medical experts provide care to high school, college, and professional athletes and teams as well as others who participate in sports for fun or exercise. 

The sports-related injuries sports medicine specialists treat include everything from sprains to cruciate ligament issues, other knee injuries, overuse injuries, rotator cuff tears, and fractures. Treatments can range from nonsurgical approaches to joint replacement.

To help ensure athletes return to good health so they can participate in their sports again, sports medicine doctors often work with physical therapists. Because many sports medicine issues do not require surgery, a physical therapist can complement the treatment offered by the specialist, especially during the rehabilitation phase of patient care.

If the diagnosis confirms that surgery is the best option, a sports medicine surgeon has the experience and skills to perform a variety of surgical procedures and will develop a treatment plan based on your individual needs.

What Your Doctor Needs to Know

When you have an appointment with a sports medicine specialist or surgeon, you’ll have an opportunity to describe your pain and athletic injury. Here are some issues you may be noticing that you'll want to share with your doctor:

  • Joint is locking up
  • Limping
  • Moving shoulder causes pain
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Popping sound and then severe knee pain
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Unable to bend or straighten the affected joint

Common Sports-Related Issues

Your specialist may diagnose you with one of the following sports-related injuries or conditions:

  • Ankle sprain: When a ligament is strained or torn, it is called a sprain. Patients are often treated with anti-inflammatory medication, but not as much in the recent years with new data on NSAIDs. Instead consider relative rest, elevation to reduce swelling, along with a device that immobilizes the ankle, like a brace or walker boot, followed by rehab and a return to sports program.
  • Sports Concussion: This occurs more frequently in contact sports, such as football and high speed sports like skiing and biking. An athlete with a concussion or suspected concussion should see a doctor as soon as possible for individualized care, a guided return-to-sport, and return-to-learn program.
  • Knee injury: ACL or meniscus tears and kneecap fractures are common in athletes.
  • Overuse injury: Common in athletes that perform the same motion over and over again, such as a baseball pitcher, swimmer, or golfer.
  • Shoulder injury: Rotator cuff injuries, labrum tears, and dislocation of the humerus are common sports-related shoulder injuries.

Once you are diagnosed, your doctor will first consider all nonsurgical treatment options, such as medication, physical therapy, injections, or a brace/splint, before recommending surgery. However, if these treatments are ineffective, they will explain why and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. If surgery is required, our surgeons have extensive training in the latest sports-related surgical procedures.

When you have pain, it can take a toll on your whole life. Our sports medicine specialists are not only medical experts, but they’re also knowledgeable professionals who want to do more than just treat your injury or condition; they want to help you get back to what you love. To schedule an appointment, call (530) 587-7461 or request an appointment online.

Exceptional Care Begins at Tahoe Forest Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

At Tahoe Forest Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, our team of dedicated orthopedic experts is here for you. As specialty-trained and knowledgeable sports medicine doctors and surgeons, Dr. Jeffrey Dodd, Dr. John Foley, Dr. Jonathan Hagen, Dr. Anna HolmanDr. Michael JernickDr. Andrew Ringnes, and Dr. Nina Winans are backed by the latest state-of-the-art technology and have extensive experience to bring you the very best in orthopedic care. Our sports medicine doctors have the surgical and nonsurgical expertise you need to reach your goals.

If you have a sports-related injury or condition, call (530) 587-7461 or (530) 582-7488 to schedule an appointment with one of our expert sports medicine surgeons or doctors or request an appointment online. We offer three convenient locations in Truckee, California, and Incline Village, Nevada: Tahoe Forest Orthopedics & Sports MedicineTahoe Forest Sports Medicine & Therapy Services, and the Incline Village Community Hospital.

ACL Injury Prevention Exercises

In addition to providing specialized sports medicine care for injuries and conditions, our specialists are committed to helping athletes and active individuals avoid ACL injuries through injury prevention exercises. These exercises not only help keep you in the game but also help reduce your risk of injury and improve your strength. For a list of ACL injury prevention exercises recommended by our sports medicine experts, please click the button below.

Exercises