Blake Fenkell, D.O.
Orthopedic Surgeon & Arthroscopy & Sports Medicine located in Troy, MI
A sports injury affects your body and life differently from a chronic condition — and that means sports injuries often require a unique approach. At Blake Fenkell, the office of fellowship-trained sports medicine specialist Blake Fenkell, DO, you get the benefit of highly customized care with a focus on your safe-but-fast return to your sport. Call the Troy, Michigan, office, or use the online tool to make your appointment now.
Sports Medicine Q&A
What is sports medicine?
Sports medicine is medical care for the athlete. As a fellowship-trained sports medicine specialist, Dr. Fenkell has unique skills in this area, with a long history of treating athletes using customized cutting-edge solutions.
Sports medicine looks after the needs of teenagers who play team sports, elite athletes, weekend warriors, and everyone else who enjoys sports as a part of their life.
When do I need sports medicine care?
If you experience any musculoskeletal injury, you need sports medicine treatment to make sure you recover properly and get back to your sport without risking another injury. Some of the many different sports injuries that Dr. Fenkell treats are:
- Ankle sprains
- Hamstring strains
- Shin splints
- Meniscus tears
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Labral or superior labrum anterior and posterior (SLAP) tear
- Achilles tendonitis
- Patellar tendonitis
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Joint dislocations
- Snapping hip syndrome
Sports injuries commonly cause a lot of discomfort or pain, but other issues like weakness, instability, and swelling frequently occur at the same time.
If you experience a sports injury, discontinue your current activity right away to avoid worsening the problem. Then, call Blake Fenkell to get a jump-start on your recovery.
What does sports medicine treatment include?
Dr. Fenkell offers comprehensive sports medicine treatment for every athlete. Most people visit the office for help with a sudden or stubborn long-term injury, so Dr. Fenkell’s first objective is relieving your pain while stimulating the natural healing process. Treatment may include:
Pain relief commonly includes simple measures like ice packs and elevation along with light compression, bracing, and short-term oral anti-inflammatory medications. As soon as you’re able to start, physical therapy is a must for a safe and successful return to your sport.
If you have severe pain, Dr. Fenkell may recommend a pain relief injection of anesthetics and corticosteroids. The pain relief can last for a few months or longer, and in most cases you heal fully during that time.
Precision medicine treatments, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and other injections using natural biological substances, can help with some types of soft tissue damage like tendonitis, muscle injuries, ligament injuries, and tendon tears.
Precision medicine essentially works by helping your body heal faster and better. For example, PRP can help you heal up to 10 times faster because it bathes your injury in a large dose of powerful growth factors.
Surgery may be a treatment option for more complicated injuries, such as complete rotator cuff tears. Dr. Fenkell performs arthroscopic surgery, using a group of very small incisions and specialized precision instruments, for sports injuries because it offers the lowest risk of surgical complications and the fastest recovery times.
To learn more about sports medicine, call the empathetic experts at Blake Fenkell, or book your appointment using online scheduling now.