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Sports Injuries & Treatments

Head Injuries

Concussions are the most common type of sports-related head injuries. The most common symptoms of concussion are loss of consciousness, memory loss, headaches, altered levels of consciousness, confusion, seizures, vomiting, altered walking pattern, muscle weakness, unequal pupils, difficulty falling asleep and drowsiness. If you suspect you or someone you love may have suffered a concussion, come to us immediately for:

  • Cognitive impairment evaluation
  • Impact testing that ensures it's safe for you to return to play
  • Treatment and follow-up
  • The careful rehabilitation that a serious concussion can require

Available at: Danville (GMC), Wilkes-Barre (GWV)
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Shoulder and Elbow Injuries

Your muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones can all be affected by a shoulder injury. Common sports-related shoulder problems include sprains, strains, separations, tendonitis, bursitis, fractures and arthritis. We are also specialists in treating:

  • Rotator cuff tears and disorders
  • Labrum and joint capsule injuries
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Dislocated elbows
  • UCL tears

If nonsurgical treatment is not an option for you, you can rely on our experienced orthopaedic surgeons to perform your shoulder surgery. Many shoulder surgeries can be done arthroscopically. Some of the surgeries we perform include:

  • Rotator cuff surgery to remove damaged tissue, remove calcium deposits or reattach torn rotator cuff tissue
  • Repairs to the labrum, or the ring of cartilage surrounding the shoulder joint socket
  • Shoulder stabilization after dislocation that reattaches the labrum into the proper position

Available at: Danville (GMC), Shamokin (GSACH), Wilkes-Barre (GWV), Geisinger Holy Spirit (HSHS)
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Throwing Injuries

Although throwing injuries to the arm, elbow and shoulder most commonly occur in pitchers and quarterbacks, they can happen to any athlete or person who is repetitively doing an overhand motion. Common forms include:

  • Sprains, strains and tendonitis
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Elbow ligament tears or inflammation often known as "Little League elbow"
  • Damaged elbow bone or cartilage
If you are diagnosed and treated early, you can likely avoid surgery. But if you do require surgery, our surgeons offer the latest minimally invasive options.

Available at: Danville (GMC), Shamokin (GSACH), Wilkes-Barre (GWV), Scranton (GCMC)
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Hand, Wrist and Finger Injuries

Sports-related hand and wrist injuries can range from relatively minor problems like a strain or sprain to more serious conditions that, if not properly treated, can have lasting effects. Hand and wrist injuries our specialists most frequently treat include:

  • Torn ligaments or tendons
  • Wrist and finger fractures/dislocations
  • Skier's thumb, also called game keeper's thumb, which is a torn ligament at the base of the thumb caused by the thumb bending backward in a forward fall
  • deQuervain's disease, an inflammation of the tendons of the arm, wrist and thumb
  • Tendonitis
  • Trauma and fractures

Available at: Danville (GMC), Shamokin (GSACH), Wilkes-Barre (GWV)
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Hip Injuries

Hip pain and injury are common complaints and are often caused by:

  • Overuse
  • Torn ligaments
  • Dislocation
  • Fracture
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
If you are suffering from hip pain or injury, our experienced surgeons will diagnose your condition and prescribe the necessary treatment, whether the trouble is in the hip itself or related to an injury of the nearby muscles.

Among the high-tech services we offer is our Hip Preservation Clinic for active patients not older than 35, and is designed to delay the need for a hip replacement with treatments that include:

  • Hip resurfacing to preserve worn or damaged cartilage or bone
  • Hip arthroscopy to repair hips with minimally invasive techniques
  • Osteotomies to shift the hip inside the socket and alleviate pain

Available at: Danville (GMC), Shamokin (GSACH), Wilkes-Barre (GWV)
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Knee Injuries

Your knee is the largest joint in your body as well as the most vulnerable to being injured. Fractures, dislocation, and sprains and tears of soft tissues like ligaments are among the most common injuries. Many knee problems also involve more than one structure within the joint, making them particularly complicated and requiring the most expert care.

Our physicians are experienced in:
  • Osgood-Schlatter's disease, which requires intensive rehabilitation and therapy to relieve knee pain and ensure proper growth in children
  • Meniscal repairs using knee arthroscopy
  • ACL, PCL and MCL reconstructive surgery and tissue grafting
  • Osteotomy of the knee instead of joint replacement
  • Kneecap injury repair
  • Sports related arthritis treatment
  • Knee replacement

Available at: Danville (GMC), Shamokin (GSACH), Wilkes-Barre (GWV)
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