Dr. Wennell treating a patient.

Uniquely Qualified

An experienced team providing non-surgical care for a wide range of injuries.

From the weekend warrior to the competitive athlete, our Sports Medicine team provides expert care for athletes of all ages and abilities.

Sports Medicine provides non-surgical care for a wide range of injuries to bone, muscle, and other soft tissues, along with concussion management and screening for cardiac issues in athletes. Our staff believes in taking the time to help you understand your injury and develop an individualized treatment plan to get you back to your game quickly and safely. Our experienced physicians, fellowship-trained in sports medicine, have worked with professional, college and high school sports athletes, making us uniquely qualified to care for you and your family.

We are certified to perform musculoskeletal ultrasound right in our office, and sports rehabilitation (physical therapy) is available within our building, giving you better integrated care and added convenience.

Conditions We Treat

Our Sports Medicine team uses the latest techniques to treat a wide variety of athletic injuries and conditions, including:

  • Soft-tissue injuries—including bruises, strains, sprains and torn ligaments, tendonitis and bursitis. We may treat these with physical therapy, medication, joint injections, splints or minimally invasive surgery.
  • Broken bones—including simple and complex fractures
  • Concussions—a type of brain injury requiring prompt evaluation and treatment
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Sports-inhibiting arthritis 

Services and Treatments

Sports Physicals: We also offer pre-participation for athletes of all ages.

Sports Concussion Assessment and Management: We use a variety of protocols, including ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), to determine whether injured athletes are ready to return to play. ImPACT is a computerized testing tool that provides objective information for assessing recovery following concussion, managing post-concussion symptoms, and determining readiness to return to sports participation, school and work. The ImPACT test measures symptoms, memory, processing speed, reaction time and other factors. We can use pre-play ImPACT testing to establish a baseline for athletes involved in high-risk, high-impact sports.

Tenex Health TX® Technology: This advanced, minimally invasive procedure is used to treat chronic tendon pain. Using ultrasound imaging and requiring only a micro incision, damaged tissue is located, broken down, and safely removed.

Nerve Block and Ultrasound-Guided Injections: These procedures address muscle and joint pain.

Nutritional Consults: Our consults help assure your diet is appropriately supporting your athletic endeavors and offer assistance with decisions regarding supplements.

AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill: Our physicians have access to the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill—innovative technology that helps athletes rehab without bearing their full weight, reducing the strain and impact on recovering joints, bones, or muscles. Available at the Suburban Pavilion.

Dry Needling: Dry Needling (DN), also known as intramuscular Manual Therapy (IMT) and Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN), is a procedure that involves inserting threadlike needles (not containing medication) through the skin to help relieve muscle pain. This is not acupuncture. DN relaxes muscle spasms by deactivating trigger points in muscles and the connective tissue that surrounds them. Patients typically report immediate pain relief that can last anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks, allowing normal muscle function to be restored.

It is not uncommon for the treatment to produce soreness that could last several days. However, the relief experienced often far outweighs any discomfort.

Conditions that benefit from dry needling include:

  • Low back and neck pain, including radiculopathy
  • Shoulder and arm pain, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, impingement
  • Hip and leg pain, sciatica, muscle strain, calf-tightness/spasm
  • Foot and ankle sprain, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis
  • Headache, face and jaw pain
  • Fibromyalgia

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, an advanced, non-surgical technique, uses platelets in your own blood to treat acute, chronic or long-term pain resulting from osteoarthritis, tendon, ligament, or cartilage injuries. You may be an ideal candidate for PRP if you are between the ages of 18 and 65 and have pain from mild osteoarthritis or a soft tissue injury. Areas treated include:

  • Ankle/heel (Achilles tendon)

  • Elbow (tennis elbow/tendonitis)

  • Hip (sacroiliac joint inflammation; osteoarthritis)

  • Knee (jumper’s knee/inflammation of the patellar tendon; osteoarthritis)

  • Shoulder (rotator cuff injury; osteoarthritis)

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