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Sports Medicine

Sports Injury Treatment in Fruitland, ID

While professional athletes are often subject to sports-related injuries, recreation-level participants may also require the care of a sports medicine expert. Focusing on prevention through recovery, the field provides for the treatment of traumatic injuries, as well as conditions associated with general wear-and-tear. Common areas of sports medicine focus include, but are not limited to:

  • Back pain and discomfort
  • Bursitis
  • Meniscus tears / damage
  • ACL and Rotator Cuff injuries
  • Knee and shin pain
  • Bone fractures and joint damage

Whenever possible, the team at Saint Alphonsus Medical Group – Riverside Orthopedics will prescribe non- or minimally invasive techniques for pain relief and damage correction. Based on your specific injury or condition, tailored treatment options will be recommended, emphasizing comprehensive recovery and a timely return to your usual activities.


Located around one's joints, the bursae are fluid-filled sacs that provide lubrication, reducing friction and supporting streamlined joint motion. In cases of bursitis, these cavities become inflamed, causing painful discomfort and stiffness, as well as restricted joint movement.

Conditions that contribute to the development of bursitis include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Overuse / joint wear-and-tear
  • Traumatic injury

A member of the orthopedic team will assess the history of your bursitis symptoms in order to diagnose origin and determine whether more comprehensive damage is present. In most cases, patients find relief through the use of anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy, avoiding more invasive care.

Meniscal Tears and Damage

The medial and lateral menisci provide for balanced distribution of body weight across the knee joint. Made up of tough cartilage, these joint components line the intersection of the femur and tibia, providing shock absorption during walking, running, and other like movements. When one or both of the menisci are damaged, everyday movements may become difficult and uncomfortable.

Meniscus tears are often associated with: knee pain, inflammation, popping, and inhibited motion. In some cases, you may lose the ability to extend your knee, especially if a piece of cartilage has become detached and lodged in the joint. An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or x-ray may be used to successfully diagnose a meniscal tear, as well as assess the full extent of joint damage and cartilage displacement.

Rotator Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff is made up of the muscles and tendons of the shoulder, which hold the joint in place while allowing for successful movement. When suffering from a rotator cuff injury, many patients will find writing, lifting, and other basic arm movements difficult, if not impossible. Based on the history of your shoulder pain and symptoms, the team at Saint Alphonsus Medical Group – Riverside Orthopedics will be able to determine the level of damage severity and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.

In cases of wear-and-tear and like irritation, a regimen of pain and anti-inflammatory medications, as well as physical therapy will likely be prescribed. If a more serious rotator cuff tear or other injury is present, surgical intervention may be needed to provide damage repair and full recovery.

Knee and Shin Pain

Amongst both professional and recreational athletes, knee and shin pain are both common causes for discomfort and lost activity time. While traumatic injuries can cause damage to either, exhaustive motions or the rapid adoption of new workout levels can also contribute to progressive leg pain. In cases of such irritation, knee pain will often occur around the kneecap, while shin pain will be felt along the tibia and through the calf.

While knee and shin pain may appear passive and mild, you should not forego medical treatment if discomfort persists or grows progressively worse. Furthermore, these symptoms may also be the sign of more serious injury. An orthopedic professional will be able to determine the origin of your knee or shin pain, and prescribe the best treatment plan accordingly.

Saint Alphonsus Medical Group – Riverside Orthopedics specializes in the care of sports-related injuries, emphasizing both non- and minimally invasive treatment options. To schedule an appointment at the Fruitland, ID office, call (208) 452-8100.