Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine is a branch of medicine where doctors focus on the treatment of athletic injuries. Sports Medicine specialists help athletes and other physically active patients improve movement and performance. They also work with patients to prevent illness and injury and treat sports-related injuries.

At OrthoMed Center, Dr. Purnell is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in Sports Medicine. In his practice, he offers both conservative and surgical treatment options for orthopedic sports injuries.

Initial treatment often begins with the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) method to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and speed healing. Depending on the type and severity of the injury you have sustained, Dr. Purnell may recommend pain relievers, immobilizing the injured area (if possible), rehabilitation, and sometimes surgery.

Common Sports-Related Injuries

Common Sports
Related Injuries

ACL Injuries

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries can be very painful and can cause significant loss of knee function. ACL injuries are among the most common knee injuries among athletes but can also occur in non-athletes.  

Our sports medicine fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopedic surgeons at OrthoMed Center are here to help with an ACL injury. With proven treatment protocols and excellent care staff, we are committed to helping you recover.

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A concussion is a complex brain injury that affects brain function. The effects are often temporary, causing headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination. Not all concussions cause you to lose consciousness.  

Concussions are more often seen among athletes who play contact sports, such as football, hockey, and soccer. However, athletes are not the only ones who get concussions. Concussions can also result from a blow to the head, violent shaking of the head and upper body, trauma, and falls.

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Meniscus Tear

A meniscus tear is a cartilage injury of the knee that can be quite painful and debilitating. Although a meniscus tear is especially common in athletes, anyone can experience such an injury.

The meniscus is a C-shaped wedge of cartilage that lies between the thighbone (femur) and the shinbone (tibia) in the knee joint, acting as a shock absorber.

The knee joint has two menisci, one in the knee’s inner (medial) side and one in the knee’s outer (lateral) side. A tear in either meniscus is often referred to as “torn cartilage.” Tears in the medial (inner) meniscus are more common than tears in the lateral (outer) meniscus.

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Rotator Cuff Tear

A rotator cuff tear is a common cause of pain and disability among adults, affecting almost 2 million people annually in the US. The rotator cuff is a tendon that assists shoulder movement, and when injured, it weakens the shoulder and compromises function. Proper treatment can help patients regain shoulder strength and function.

Rotator cuff injuries are frequent among athletes and can also occur due to trauma and wear and tear of the tendons over time.

At OrthoMed, our board-certified orthopedic surgeons apply proven protocols for rotator cuff treatment to help patients achieve optimal outcomes.

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Shoulder Instability

A sudden injury or overuse often causes shoulder instability. It occurs when the ligaments or tendons that stabilize the shoulder become loose or torn. When the shoulder is unstable, the head of the upper arm bone, called the humeral head, can come out of the glenoid or shoulder socket. If the humeral head is not centered within the glenoid, it can cause pain.

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Other Sports-Related Conditions and Injuries

At OrthoMed Center, we treat a wide range of sports-related conditions and injuries. Below are additional conditions that our sports medicine specialist treats. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office for more details.

  • Articular cartilage injuries
  • Ligament injuries of the knee, elbow, and shoulder
  • Fractures
  • Labral tears of the hip and shoulder
  • Runners’ knee
  • Knee patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Knee tendonitis (jumper’s knee)
  • Shoulder AC (acromioclavicular) joint separations
  • Muscle strains
  • Tendinitis of all joints
  • Tennis elbow

Sports Medicine Specialist in Modesto, CA

If you would like to schedule a sports medicine consultation with Dr. Purnell, please call OrthoMed Center at (209) 524-4438. You may also request an appointment online.

1335 Coffee Road Suite #101
Modesto, CA 95355

Phone: (209) 524-4438

Monday through Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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