Sports Medicine Specialist

DTLA Med

Regenerative Medicine & Wellness Center located in Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Whether you’re a competitive athlete, weekend warrior, or just like to stay active as part of a healthy lifestyle, you may find yourself with a sports injury. At DTLA Med in downtown Los Angeles, sports injury specialist Ali Badday, MD, diagnoses a full range of sports injuries using musculoskeletal ultrasound and provides treatment with a focus on recovery and prevention. To get back to the physical activities you love, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine treats and prevents injuries that result from the athletic activity. It’s not just for competitive athletes. As long as you’re physically active, you may end up with a sports-related injury. Sports medicine can help you heal quickly and minimize your risk of future injury.

Though many sports injuries result from different types of direct impact, such as falls or blows, sports injuries also often result from fatigue and overuse. It’s possible to prevent many sports injuries by changing the way you play or train or by changing the equipment you use. When Dr. Badday treats sports injuries, he helps patients adjustment the way they exercise to minimize their risk of getting injured in the future.

What are common sports injuries?

The most common sports injuries include:

  • Stretched or torn ligaments, which commonly affect the ankles, wrists, and knees
  • Strained or torn muscles or tendons, common in the back and hamstrings
  • Knee injuries, including fractured kneecaps, ligament tears, and meniscus tears
  • Concussions, which are brain injuries called by a blow to the head
  • Tendonitis, which is inflammation of a tendon that often results from overuse
  • Plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the tissue connecting the heel to the toes
  • Shin splints, which is the name given to pain caused by inflammation of the muscles surrounding the shins

As a sports diagnostics and intervention specialist, Dr. Badday is highly experienced in the treatment and prevention of these injuries.

How are sports injuries treated?

Dr. Badday uses musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging to diagnose sports injuries, including sprains, strains, and tears.

Most sports injuries are mild or moderate, and you can treat them with pain relief medication along with an approach called “RICE,” which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Depending on the seriousness of your injury, Dr. Badday may immobilize the affected body part using a splint, sling, or cast as it heals. He may also recommend a regenerative treatment, such as platelet-rich plasma therapy or stem cell therapy to promote faster healing.

In addition to helping you recover, Dr. Badday will evaluate the cause of your injury and help you take steps to avoid future injuries. This may include wearing special footwear or adjusting how you exercise.

Book a sports medicine appointment at DTLA Med online or over the phone today.