Sports Injuries

Oakland Orthopedic

Bruce T Henderson, MD

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon located in Pontiac, MI

Physical activity is good for your health, but it also increases your risk of injury. Sports injuries affect people at all fitness levels, including athletes and regular gym-goers. At Oakland Orthopedic in Pontiac, Michigan, Dr. Bruce Henderson, MD, takes a patient-centered approach to care and specializes in diagnosing and treating sports injuries. For expert care from a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Sports Injuries

What are common sports injuries?

Sports injuries include any injury that occurs during physical activity and may affect any part of your body. Some of the most common sports injuries that Dr. Henderson sees at Oakland Orthopedic Partners are:

  • Dislocated joints
  • Strains and sprains
  • Ligament tears
  • Tendon tears
  • Fractures
  • Tendinitis
  • Shin splints
  • Torn cartilage

You can develop a sports injury from a fall, collision, or bad landing on a jump. However, sports injuries are also common in people who overtrain, use improper equipment, or fail to properly warm up.

When should I seek help for my sports injury?

You should seek help for your sports injury right away. Even if you consider your sports injury to be minor, Dr. Henderson can confirm a diagnosis and provide the right treatment plan to prevent your injury from getting worse. Visiting Dr. Henderson for care may also help prevent reinjury. 

What happens during an evaluation for sports injuries?

Dr. Henderson conducts an in-depth clinical exam when you seek help for your sports injury. He aims to find the root cause of your injury so he can help you recover quickly and safely. 

He first asks detailed questions about your injury, including how it happened, your symptoms, and any activities that worsen or lessen your pain. Dr. Henderson also reviews your usual exercise or workout routine and conducts a physical exam and X-rays to formulate a diagnosis. 

In some cases, he may request additional imaging, such as an MRI or CT scan, to confirm a diagnosis and determine if surgical intervention is necessary. 

How are sports injuries treated?

Dr. Henderson takes a patient-centered approach to care. He helps you understand the root cause of your sports injury and designs a plan that allows your body to heal itself.

Treatment for your sports injury may include:

  • Activity modification
  • Splinting or bracing
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Injections
  • Surgical repair or reconstruction

Though he prefers taking a nonsurgical route to heal sports injuries, when necessary, he may recommend surgery to repair damage your body can’t heal on its own. The surgery you need depends on the type and location of the injury. 

To perform surgery, Dr. Henderson uses minimally invasive techniques. For example, he uses arthroscopy for reconstruction of an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear or a mini incision for a torn rotator cuff.  . 

Sports injuries are common and require medical care for proper healing. For expert management of your sports injury, call or book an appointment online today.