Sports Medicine Physicians in Western Montana
At Missoula Bone & Joint, our team of sports medicine doctors treats all levels and ages of athletes: fitness enthusiasts and weekend warriors; youth athletes participating in school sports; amateur or professional athletes competing in team or individual sports.
Anyone who is physically active is inevitably subject to a sports-related injury. Injuries can be the result of an accident, overuse, poor mechanics, faulty or inadequate equipment, or simply bad luck. In any case, it’s never fun to be sidelined from doing what you love.
Our goal is to get you back to your game as quickly and safely as possible, returning you to your previous level of play – or better. Our sports medicine specialists have many years of experience diagnosing and treating a wide range of sports-related injuries from head to toe. Some of the most common athletic injuries include:
- ACL tears
- PCL tears
- Meniscal tears
- Cartilage tears
- Sprains and strains
- Overuse injuries / tendonitis
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Ankle sprain and instability
- Shoulder instability / dislocation
- Shoulder Impingement
- Frozen shoulder
- Rotator cuff tear
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Pitcher’s elbow
- Shin splints
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Patellar tendon tear
- Patellofemoral (kneecap) pain
- Hamstring muscle injuries
Not only will we help you recover from an athletic injury, but also teach you how to prevent the injury from happening again. Injury prevention includes:
- Educating you about why and how your injury occurred
- Understanding body mechanics
- Sport-specific tips for strength training, conditioning, and proper technique
- Recognizing fatigue
- Recommendations for rest and nutrition
Overuse and fatigue are some of the most common reasons for sports-related injuries. Continuing physical activity when your body is weak or in pain is never smart, and “pushing through it” can only lead to injury and a longer time off for recovery than proactively taking time to rest and recharge your body.
In addition, our sports medicine program features:
- Sports physicals
- Primary care for athletes
- Management of medical problems in athletics
- Endurance athlete medicine
- Orthopedic urgent care
- Athletic training outreach
- Sports performance camp
- Musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations
- PRP therapy
Primary Care Sports Medicine
Approximately 90 percent of all sports injuries are nonsurgical in nature. At MBJ, Dr. Rob Amrine offers primary care for athletes. Following his family medicine residency, he completed a sports medicine fellowship, qualifying him to diagnose and treat any type of nonsurgical sports injury, such as ankle sprains, joint injuries, dislocations, minor fractures, overuse injuries, osteoarthritis, and concussions.
Dr. Amrine helps athletes manage medical problems and acute illnesses, makes return-to-play decisions for injured or ill athletes, performs pre-participation sports physicals, gives advice regarding nutrition and supplements, and more. He works closely with our orthopedic surgeons to coordinate care in the event that surgery becomes necessary.
In addition, Dr. Amrine specializes in caring for endurance athletes such as runners, cyclists, and swimmers. He treats common overuse injuries that affect endurance athletes (e.g., shin splints, stress fractures, rotator cuff tendonitis, anterior knee pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, iliotibial band friction syndrome, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis) and helps them correct their technique, improve biomechanics, prevent injuries, and enhance nutrition.
For your convenience, MBJ offers fully-equipped orthopedic facilities to help you recover and rehabilitate any sports injury, including on-site physical therapy, diagnostic imaging, casting and durable medical equipment, and an outpatient surgery center for necessary surgical procedures.
Missoula Bone & Joint is committed to delivering the most comprehensive sports medicine services in Western Montana. To schedule an appointment with one of our sports injury specialists, call us today at (406) 721-4436 or request an appointment online.