Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine at North Carolina Specialty Hospital involves surgical intervention for injuries sustained as a professional athlete at any level (elementary school through collegiate sports), as well as those injuries resulting from recreational activities. Whether you are involved in extreme sports or everyday activities our surgical team use cutting edge technology to get you back on track in a safe respectful environment. Athletic injuries which involve bones, muscles, cartilage, joints and ligaments from knees, shoulders, elbows, hips, foot and ankle are our specialty in orthopaedics. Our emphasis includes issues that can be treated arthroscopically along with other modes of treatment to include:

Shoulder, Hip, and Arm Injuries

  • AC joint injury
  • Clavicle fracture
  • Labral tears of the shoulder and hip
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Shoulder and hip bursitis
  • Shoulder instability
  • Tennis elbow
  • Ulnar collateral ligament tear (elbow)

Knee Injuries

  • ACL tear
  • Meniscus tear
  • Patellar dislocation
  • Patellar tendon rupture
  • Knee cartilage injury

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AC Joint and Clavicle
The AC (acromioclavicular) joint is where the shoulder blade (scapula) meets the collarbone (clavicle). The highest point of the shoulder blade is called the acromion. Strong tissues called ligaments connect the acromion to the collarbone, forming the AC joint. An AC joint sprain occurs when an injury damages the ligaments in the AC joint.
Hip Labral Tear

Labrum: In medicine, a ring of fibrocartilage (fibrous cartilage) around the edge of the articular (joint) surface of a bone. The term labrum is used in anatomy to designate a lip, edge, or brim.

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rotator cuff: A group of four tendons that stabilize the shoulder joint. Each of these tendons attaches to a muscle that moves the shoulder in a specific direction. The four muscles whose tendons form the rotator cuff are the subscapularis muscle, which moves the arm by turning it inward (internal rotation); the supraspinatus muscle, which is responsible for elevating the arm and moving it away from the body; the infraspinatus muscle, which assists the lifting of the arm during outward turning (external rotation) of the arm; and the teres minor muscle, which also helps in the outward turning (external rotation) of the arm. Damage to the rotator cuff is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain.

Knee Injuries

Anterior Crucuate Ligament = ACL

Knee joint: The knee joint has three parts. The thigh bone (the femur) meets the large shin bone (the tibia) to form the main knee joint. This joint has an inner (medial) and an outer (lateral) compartment. The kneecap (the patella) joins the femur to form a third joint, called the patellofemoral joint. The patella protects the front of the knee joint.

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