As the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained sports medicine doctors at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute have the experience, knowledge, and expertise to diagnose and treat sports-related conditions and injuries.

Athletes of all ages and skill levels rely on healthy bones, joints, muscles, and ligaments to stay active. Sports-related injuries can occur for a variety of reasons. Some athletes experience pain due to a traumatic injury, for example, a football player getting a concussion or a runner rolling their ankle. Others have pain due to an overuse injury, such as a volleyball player with a rotator cuff injury from constantly swinging at the ball. Sports injuries require specialized methods of treatment due to their dynamic nature. So whether a patient is a competitive athlete or simply an active individual who is experiencing pain or has sustained an injury, it's important that they seek out a sports medicine doctor. Specialists who are trained in sports medicine are devoted to providing the treatment and diagnostic and rehabilitative services needed so that all patients can restore their health and return to their sport or activity as swiftly and safely as possible.

When It's Time to Visit a Sports Medicine Doctor

Expressing whatever symptoms you are experiencing to your doctor can help them to provide you with the best sports medicine care. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should contact a sports medicine doctor near you:

  • Affected area is red and swollen
  • Discomfort or pain when performing a specific sport
  • Grinding noise when using the affected joint
  • Inability to bend the affected joint
  • Limited range of motion in the affected joint
  • Limping to avoid pain
  • Pain that keeps you awake at night
  • Snapping or popping sensations in the affected joint

These symptoms could be an indication that you have a more serious medical injury or condition, such as:

  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Bursitis
  • Concussion
  • Golfer's elbow
  • Hamstring injuries
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Joint instability
  • Knee ligament tears (ACL, LCL, MCL, PCL)
  • Meniscus tears
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tennis elbow

Many sports-related injuries and conditions can be treated through conservative treatment methods. However, there are some cases where surgery is the best option for providing patients full relief and restoring normal function. If surgery is deemed necessary, our surgeons have performed hundreds of complex surgeries and returned patients to their lives, functioning at their highest capacity. Our sports medicine surgeons specialize in a variety of surgical procedures, including:

  • Achilles tendon repair
  • Arthroscopic ACL reconstruction
  • Arthroscopy of the ankle, elbow, hip, knee, and shoulder
  • Rotator cuff repair surgery
  • Superior capsular reconstruction
  • Surgical fracture repair
  • Tommy John surgery

Our doctors understand that pain can make daily activities difficult. To schedule a consultation with one of our sports medicine specialists, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online.

We also offer our walk-in Orthopedic Urgent Care to treat sports-related injuries that require immediate attention. Available at our Portage location, our urgent care is open Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., with no appointment needed.

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Keeping You in Motion at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute

The most important decision you will make regarding your care is finding an experienced doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your pain.

At Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute, our specialty-trained sports medicine surgeons, Paul J. Gruszka, M.D., Thomas H. Kay, M.D., David J. Musgrave, M.D., Anthony C. Levenda, M.D., Aaron G. Anderson, M.D., Ryan J. Plank, M.D., John A. Guzzo, M.D., Eric K. Szczesniak, M.D., Michael E. Kralovec, M.D., Scott P. Fielder, M.D., and Thomas D. Magill, M.D., are skilled in treating a variety of sports-related injuries and conditions. Our sports medicine doctors place a high value on excellent patient care and only use the most innovative treatment techniques and state-of-the-art procedures. Our sports medicine surgeons also work in conjunction with our physical therapy team and local athletic trainers to provide the best treatment options. They take a team approach in order to help manage and prevent further injuries while striving to reach each patient's personal goals in recovery.

To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced sports medicine surgeons, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online.