Sports Medicine Specialist

Restoration Osteopathic Medicine

Chronic Pain Medicine & Auto Injury Specialists located in Vancouver, WA

Sports injuries can derail your athletic plans, but the right treatment gets you back in the game. Stephanie Works, DO, leads the expert medical team at Restoration Osteopathic Medicine in Vancouver, Washington, who has extensive training in the field of osteopathic medicine. This unique approach to health care gets to the root of your pain. Osteopathic care can heal injuries, boost blood flow, and improve your performance. Whether you're a weekend runner or a professional athlete, you can receive the care you need. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is designed to improve athletic performance and heal injuries. Athletic activities often cause bone damage or muscle strain. These injuries sometimes cause lingering pain. Sports medicine helps repair the damage and relief your discomfort.

Professional athletes aren't the only people who suffer sports injuries. Many people hurt themselves when starting a new fitness program. Youth sports and P.E. classes can also be a source of injuries.

No matter what caused your injury, Restoration Osteopathic Medicine can help. The practice offers in-depth diagnostics and customized treatment plans. These treatments help heal existing damage and prevent injuries from reoccurring.

What injuries can result from athletic activities?

Some sports are riskier than others, but any physical activity can result in injury. Common sports injuries include:

  • Dislocation
  • Ankle sprains
  • Tennis elbow
  • Strains
  • Herniated discs
  • Knee injuries
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Many sports injuries can be challenging to diagnose. But Restoration Osteopathic Medicine uses cutting-edge diagnostics and imaging tests. During your consultation, you also receive an in-depth physical exam. Your provider may identify injuries never even noticed. 

Once your provider understands your injuries, they review your therapeutic options. You can opt for convention remedies or explore unique osteopathic treatments.

How are these injuries treated?

If you live with chronic pain, your doctor may prescribe pain medications. These medications might mask your symptoms, but they don't heal the underlying damage. Pain medications also carry serious risks, including the risk of dependence or overdose.

Restoration Osteopathic Medicine provides evidence-based care designed to heal your injuries. Your customized treatment plan may include:

  • Prescribed exercise routines 
  • Manipulation of joints
  • Ice or heat therapy
  • Soft tissue massage

Your provider also offers hands-on care to build up your strength and flexibility. These treatments help improve your balance and restore coordination to prevent future injuries. 

How can osteopathic medicine improve my athletic performance?

Osteopathic medicine views your body as a vast, interconnected system. Injuries in one area can affect physical function elsewhere. Your provider uses a holistic approach to improve your physical function and provide lasting relief.

Restoration Osteopathic Medicine also offers specialized treatments like osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). This hands-on technique maneuvers tissues and joints back into their correct position. OMT can be used with medication or surgery, or as a stand-alone treatment.

To learn more about treatments for sports injuries, call the office or schedule an appointment online.