Sports Medicine

As part of our “entire-care” philosophy, we treat and help prevent exercise, work or sports-related acute and overuse injuries as an aspect of our patients’ overall health, working together to ensure a return to fulfilling and healthier sporting activities and/or work.  Continuing to live an active lifestyle is as important to our patients as it is to us.

Prevention/Sports Physical

We approach sports physicals as thorough, periodic health evaluations, as well as risk-based screening examinations.  Sports physicals are generally for organized school sports and community sports, but they can also be used as a check-up before starting to exercise. The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) requires a physical evaluation before participation in sports at the high school level. Click here for a copy of the MSHSL Sports Qualifying Physical Exam.

Treatment

Acute injuries involving bones, muscle, joints and soft tissue not limited to:

  • Back pain
  • Broken bones
  • Concussion management
  • Separated shoulder
  • Sprained ankles
  • Strained muscles
  • Torn ligaments
  • Facilitate return to sports and active lifestyle

Sports psychology:

Sports psychology is another area where your family medicine provider can help.

Dave Thorson, MD (LINK) has extensive training in Sports Medicine. In particular, with“Overuse Injuries” also called Kinetic Chain Dysfunction

  • The Kinetic Chain Dysfunction includes three body systems: muscles, nerves and joints.
  • Treating Kinetic Chain Dysfunction involves correctly identifying what movement is causing the injury and making the corrections
  • Facilitate return to sports and active lifestyle

Performance Enhancement through Kinetic Chain Utilization such as:

  • Correcting a pitcher’s throw to create a better power
  • Changing a runner’s stride for speed