Sports Injuries (Hip, Knee, Shoulder)

If you play competitive or recreational sports, you don’t want to be sidelined by an injury. But playing through the pain can cause more damage and keep you from the sport you love even longer. Our board-certified sports medicine specialist, Dr. Maria Karipidis Pouria, can help you get back in the game with conservative, evidence-based treatments. She treats a variety of patients, including college athletes, weekend warriors, rec leaguers, and geriatric athletes suffering from hip, knee, and shoulder injuries at our Rochester, NY-area office.

What Are the Most Common Sports Injuries?

Sports injuries may be caused by a one-time traumatic event, but many, if not most, injuries result from overuse or overtraining. Injuries involving the hip, knee, and shoulder joints that prevent you from participating in athletic activities range from tendonitis or bursitis to stress fractures and torn ligaments.

Hip Conditions

Flexible, healthy hip joints are essential for everyday movements, as well as performing at a high level athletically. Hip pain can affect other areas of the body as you compensate by using other muscles to move. Common hip injuries include:

  • Hip flexor strain: Most patients with strained hip flexors notice a tightness that affects performance. Swelling and bruising are other symptoms indicating a strain in this group of muscles on the front of your upper thigh. Soccer players, runners, cyclists, and martial artists are among the most common athletes to suffer hip flexor strains.
  • Bursitis: When the fluid-filled sac (called the bursa) over the outside of the hip joint becomes inflamed, it can result in pain when moving or putting pressure on the hip. A healthy bursa cushions the hip bone where tendons and muscles rub against it. Without the cushioning effect of the bursa, any movement of the hip joint can be painful.
  • Labral tears: An injury to the labrum on the rim of the hip joint is often a “wear-and-tear” condition that affects long-distance runners or people who participate in activities that involve sudden twisting or pivoting motions (such as soccer, golf, hockey, and ballet). Without treatment, a labral tear of the hip can ultimately result in osteoarthritis.
  • Hamstring Muscle Strain, Muscle Strain in the Thigh, Snapping Hip Syndrome & more!

Knee Conditions

Knee pain is one of the most common reasons athletes and non-athletes alike seek treatment from specialists. Knee injuries often involve torn ligaments or tendons or damaged cartilage. There are many causes of knee pain experienced by athletes. These may include:

  • Acute or Chronically Torn Meniscus
  • ACL, MCL, LCL Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chondromalacia
  • Patellofemoral Pain
  • Cartilage Damage Due to Overuse

Shoulder Conditions

Overuse injuries involving the complex shoulder joint are common in multiple sports that require repetitive motion. These sports include baseball, golf, swimming, and tennis. Patients of all ages are vulnerable. Shoulder injuries can include:

  • Torn rotator cuff: Rotator cuff tears are not limited to athletes. House painters, construction workers, carpenters, and those involved in other professions that require repetitive shoulder movement often end up with rotator cuff tears. Partial tears and some full-thickness tears can typically be treated without surgery.
  • Labral tears: Often caused by a traumatic injury, labral tears can also result from overuse in sports that require repetitive overhead motions such as basketball, baseball, volleyball, or track and field events. A decreased range of motion, popping or grinding sensations, and shoulder weakness are all symptoms.
  • Tendonitis: Rotator cuff tendonitis is common in baseball, swimming, and tennis athletes. Without tendonitis treatment, range of motion can become limited, and pain may increase and often disrupts sleep.
  • Bursitis: This is much less common than rotator cuff tendonitis and is often the result of tendonitis that progresses without treatment.
  • Shoulder Muscle Injuries & Strains, Frozen Shoulder, AC Joint Injury & more!

Meet Our Providers

Owner and medical director Dr. Vito C. Quatela, along with Dr. Maria Karipidis Pouria and Julie A. Chatt, MSN, FNP-C, provide regenerative medicine care tailored to the needs of their patients so they can live their best lives.

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What Are Your Treatment Options for Sports Injuries?

Diagnosing a specific injury is the first step in creating an effective, tailored treatment plan. Dr. Karipidis Pouria takes a conservative approach to treating sports injuries. These treatments may begin with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), physical therapy, and targeted injections that may include corticosteroids, hyaluronic acid, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), or bone marrow concentrate to treat pain and swelling caused by injuries to the hips, knees, and shoulders.

Request Your Consultation

Dr. Karipidis Pouria combines technical expertise with compassionate care to help athletes of all ages return as soon as possible to the sports they love. To discuss your sports injury treatment options with Dr. Karipidis Pouria at our Victor location outside Rochester, request a consultation using the online form or call us at (585) 244-1506 to schedule an appointment.