In today's active world, sports injuries aren't limited to just professional athletes. The Sports Medicine program at Glendale Adventist Medical Center helps patients recover strength, endurance and range-of-motion that allows them to get back into the game as quickly as possible.
A Team With Experience On and Off the Field
Many of the Sports Medicine program's staff of professionals are athletes themselves. So the GAMC Sports Medicine care team knows not only our patients' medical needs, but also their drive to return as strong as ever following surgery and rehabilitation.
The expertise of Glendale Adventist's Sports Medicine care team is deep, encompassing the special skills and knowledge of:
- Orthopedic surgeons
- Orthopedic nursing staff
- Physical and occupational therapists
- Athletic trainers
- And many others
Comprehensive Services for a Variety of Needs
Orthopedic specialists with certification in sports medicine are available to evaluate injuries and prescribe a plan of action. These physicians are also available for emergency evaluations, consultations and second opinions. The team has specialized expertise and experience in adult, senior and youth sports injuries, as well as injuries that are complicated by other medical conditions.
The individual members of the care team work closely together to formulate a specific prescription for care that addresses each patient's particular needs. At times, this may involve surgery, including our advanced arthroscopic surgery capabilities.
Whether in conjunction with surgery or as a primary treatment, physical therapy is an effective tool in helping patients return to the game. Utilizing specialized equipment such as our new, technically advanced BiodexTM isokinetic equipment, as well as a full range of physical therapy equipment, our team provides integrated, professional physical therapy services for our patients.
In addition, we offer fitness training, conditioning programs and patient education services. The Sports Medicine program helps athletes with a variety of injuries, including:
- Repetitive motion and overuse injuries such as muscle strain, tendonitis, shin splints and tennis elbow
- Rotator cuff and other shoulder injuries
- ACL and meniscus (knee) tears
- Back strain
- Spinal injuries
- Hand and wrist injuries
- Hip and pelvic injuries
- Knee, foot and ankle injuries
- And much more
Athletic Trainer Program
The Sports Medicine program reaches out to our community with a team of athletic trainers with special skills in physical therapy. In addition to the care they provide to hospital patients, Glendale Adventist's athletic trainers each spend 10 hours per week providing training services for student athletes.
These services allow young athletes to fully engage in the sports of their choice, while giving parents, coaches and others the peace of mind that a sports medicine professional is nearby to help when and if they are needed.
Athletic trainers provide a wide range of services, including:
- Assessing and evaluating athletes
- Applying functional taping, wrapping, bracing and supports
- Educating athletes, parents and coaches in injury prevention and safety
- Providing on-site management of minor injuries
- Maintaining appropriate communication with team physicians
In addition, Glendale Adventist's Sports Medicine program provides low-cost pre-season physicals for school athletes from around our community and surrounding areas.
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