Are sports injuries keeping you from living your best life?

If you live an active lifestyle, participate in sports or are a professional athlete, musculoskeletal injuries can become a big disruptor in your life. Each year, millions of Americans visit a sports medicine specialist for sports-related injuries or to improve their overall fitness level. But how do you know if a sports medicine specialist is right for you?

Ashkan Alkhamisi, MD, sports medicine specialist at HonorHealth, answers questions about sports medicine, common sports injuries, orthopedic ailments and how he can help you get back to living your best life.

What is a sports medicine specialist?

A: Sports medicine specialists treat various sports-related and orthopedic musculoskeletal injuries. Some of the most common are injuries of the hip, knee, shoulder and elbow. We are board certified and understand the unique causes of sports injuries, and the effects it can have on your athletic performance and daily life.

What conditions do sports medicine specialists treat?

A: We specialize in treating patients with sports-related injuries, or if you’re having pain from overuse of the muscle, tendon, ligament or bone. Some common conditions include knee ligament and cartilage injuries, as well as tendinopathies such as hip and knee tendinitis, rotator cuff tendinitis and tennis or golfer’s elbow. Others include tendon or ligament tears, and arthritis of the hip, knee and shoulder.

What do you specialize in?

A: I specialize in non-surgical treatments for hip, knee, shoulder and elbow injuries. My training and expertise are in ultrasound-guided procedures. This type of treatment is a cost-effective, non-surgical option that can get you back to pre-injury functionality much faster while minimizing the formation of dense scar tissue. I treat injuries and conditions for athletes, recreationalists and weekend warriors of all ages.

What is the difference between an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist?

A: Orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists both focus on treating injuries of the musculoskeletal system. However, a sports medicine physician specializes in non-surgical treatments of sports injuries. Sports medicine specialists work collaboratively with orthopedic surgeons, this means that you’ll have access to a multidisciplinary team of experts who are working collaboratively to provide you with the highest quality care. At HonorHealth, our goal is to help you feel confident and comfortable with your treatment plan.

How do you approach patient care?

A: As a former athlete and dancer, I understand the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle and having a treatment plan tailored to your specific injury or fitness goals. Whether you're an elite athlete, fitness enthusiast or weekend warrior, I'm passionate about helping you get back to what you love doing the most.

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