Sports Medicine Specialist

Premier Spine and Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine and Pain Management Specialists located in Hagerstown, MD

Sports medicine encompasses treatment for injuries, rehabilitation to restore strength and range of motion, and training and exercise regimens to prevent future injuries. Dr. Christopher Clark at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine in Hagerstown, Maryland, specializes in treating all types of sports injuries in patients of every age. Whether you have the unique requirements of a professional athlete, you play on the high school football team, or you get out for an occasional bike ride, sports medicine services can keep you active and healthy.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What are the most common sports injuries?

Sports injuries develop due to accidents as well as other issues like poor training, poor technique, and lack of conditioning. Dr. Clark treats all types of sports injuries, but some of the most common problems treated – and prevented – include:

  • Ankle sprain
  • Hamstring strain
  • Knee injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Shoulder pain and injuries
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Ligament and tendon tears
  • Muscle strains and sprains
  • Dislocated joints
  • Overuse injuries
  • Lower back pain

How does balance training prevent sports injuries?

Sports training focuses on specific skills, which means it strengthens certain groups of muscles more than others. As a result, the body gets out of balance, and lesser-trained muscles increase your risk for injury.

A plan to restore balance in muscle groups is especially important for athletes, who must maintain their weight while executing quick stops and turns. Without balance training, these athletes have a high risk of ankle injuries.

Dr. Clark teaches corrective exercises to restore balance and evaluates your training schedule, looking for ways to add balance to the training regimen. Gait training and spinal adjustments also support balance and prevent sports injuries.

What types of services are available to support athletes?

Dr. Clark specializes in many types of medicine that support the needs of athletes, including musculoskeletal medicine, interventional pain management, and regenerative medicine. He focuses on rehabilitation and injury prevention and offers innovative treatments for pain relief.

These are just a few examples of treatments available at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine:

  • Spinal manipulation
  • Joint, ligament, and muscle injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma injections
  • Stem cell injections
  • Exercise therapy
  • Functional rehabilitation
  • Balance training
  • Acupuncture
  • Interventional treatments for persistent pain
  • Nerve blocks
  • Facet joint injections
  • Radiofrequency rhizotomy

If you suffer from a sports injury, don’t hesitate to contact the office or book an appointment online to learn more about Dr. Clark’s sports medicine services.

How do regenerative injections treat sports injuries?

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, injections are especially beneficial for healing injured tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Studies suggest they may also help heal bones. Platelets contain growth factors that stimulate new tissue growth and promote natural healing.

Dr. Clark can also mix stem cells with growth factors and inject them directly into the site of an injury. They further enhance healing by producing new tissue growth.