Specialized sports medicine for athletes of all types.

Services Scaled to Your Needs

Our multidisciplinary teams offer a variety of non-invasive therapies as well as state-of-the-art surgical treatments for acute and chronic sports injuries.

Speedier Recoveries

Our efficient, coordinated approach means that we can expedite referrals and test results, offer same-day appointments and help facilitate your rapid recovery.

Athletes Treating Athletes

As athletes ourselves, we can better identify and guide your unique path back to your favorite activities whether you are an elite or recreational competitor.

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Our specialized antigravity treadmill at the Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium uses air pressure to help lift your body while you run, reducing the impact on your joints. The treadmill’s unweighting technology can be used to help speed healing of lower extremity and foot injuries, and also may have a role in injury prevention while training. This technology is available only at our Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium location.

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Whether your goal is to run an ultra-marathon or start jogging, our running medicine specialists help keep you injury-free with a gait analysis that includes slow-motion video, specialized tests and an individualized plan for getting you back to running or keeping you running with a healthy gait.

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Our primary care sports medicine providers specialize in conservative treatments focused on sports injuries and illnesses. From asthma to ankle pain, we address any condition that may prevent full enjoyment of physical activities and living a healthy lifestyle. In addition to addressing your sports medicine needs, our primary care physicians can also provide all aspects of your healthcare, ranging from preventive health visits to treatment of acute illnesses.

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It’s not uncommon for athletes to experience arthritis resulting from repetitive use and impact. Our orthopedic and sports specialists will work with you to mitigate and manage the pain, reduced mobility and stiffness that can result from wear and tear.

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At the UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center, we offer a golf performance program for golfers of all ages and abilities. Our Titleist Performance Institute-certified physical therapists are trained to adeptly gauge any physical golf game deficits and provide concrete solutions to enhance your performance.

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Regenerative medicine is an innovative field that uses the healing power of your body to fuel your recovery. By putting your body’s own cells to work repairing and strengthening damaged tissue, regenerative medicine can be used to enable the recovery of chronic and acute injuries.

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This procedure can be used to treat tendon, muscle or cartilage injuries along with arthritis. Growth-factor-rich platelets are injected into the injured area to speed healing.

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This therapy is used to address the pain and stiffness that can come from chronic tendon problems. During the procedure, our sports medicine specialists make tiny perforations in the tendons using a small needle to promote healing.

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PRP injections harness the healing potential of your plasma to help you recover faster. During this therapy, our care team injects a portion of your own serum into the injured area under ultrasound guidance. PRP injections may also be used to speed healing after surgery.

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Our Bike Fit Program pairs you with a physical therapist who has specialized training in bike biomechanics. Your physical therapist will recommend changes to your riding position and bike fit based on your strength, flexibility, core stability and foot mechanics.

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Our sports medicine providers  offer comprehensive care for musculoskeletal injuries, striving not only to relieve pain, but to restore function. Our specialists in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Physiarists) have added expertise in addressing the simple to the most complex of musculoskeletal injuries in all levels of athletes and active people.
 

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Our sports medicine physical therapists view every patient as an athlete, whether you're a pro golfer, high school runner, weekend warrior or master gardener. We work closely with our sports physicians to provide targeted physical therapy designed to meet your individual goals. Our evidence-based clinical care is informed by the most up-to-date research and protocols.

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Common overuse injuries include Achilles tendonitis, frozen shoulder and tennis elbow. Our skilled physical therapists offer targeted exercises and other state-of-the-art techniques designed to help you recover from an overuse injury and prevent it from recurring.

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Common traumatic sports injuries include sprains, strains, knee injuries, shin splints, fractures, and dislocations. If you have this type of injury, our highly trained physical therapists can help you rebuild strength and movement in the injured area, manage pain, prevent permanent damage and avoid injury recurrence.

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If you have an injury that affects a limb or the spine, a brace can help to stabilize or correct the condition. Our highly trained providers work closely with you to customize the fit of your brace to maximize your potential activity and improve comfort.

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Our expert, board-certified nutritionists offer comprehensive nutrition counseling for enhancing lifelong health and fitness, recovering from an injury and achieving peak sports performance.

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Our running medicine program at the UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center is tailored to the needs of runners and running athletes. Our services include biomechanical evaluations, footwear recommendations, gait retraining, VO2 testing, strength and conditioning and more. Our board-certified sports medicine specialists, who are runners themselves, understand the unique demands that running places on the body.

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Regaining ability after a concussion is best accomplished with expert medical care. Working with a team of physiatrists, primary care physicians, neuropsychologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, physical therapists and licensed athletic trainers, we can help diagnose and manage your concussion. Our team serves everyone from young athletes to professionals. We help you create a plan and timeline for first return to school or work and then to return to sporting activity.

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Orthotics, or foot orthoses, are custom foot supports that help to correct biomechanical and gait issues in order to prevent injury while running or walking. If you need orthotics, we work closely with your sports medicine physician to teach you how to use them and assess your progress.

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Our UW Medicine Center for Sports Cardiology offers innovative cardiovascular care for young competitive and elite athletes. We perform sports physicals that include electrocardiogram (ECG) screening and VO2 max tests, and refer athletes with potential cardiovascular symptoms to appropriate cardiology services for further testing.

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Our youth heart screening program includes a comprehensive heart health survey, a physical exam and a resting 12-lead electrocardiogram (also known as an EKG or ECG). An ECG is a non-invasive test that measures the electrical activity of the heart. Many of the conditions that cause sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes are detectable by ECG.

Our multidisciplinary sports medicine team includes physicians, physician’s assistants, physical therapists, pain management specialists and nutritionists. We offer a variety of innovative treatments that can help reduce pain, promote healing, and restore mobility and function.

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Achilles tendonitis, heel pain and tennis elbow can limit active lifestyles. As a step before or alternative to surgery, we offer shockwave therapy using high-energy acoustic waves to manage a range of musculoskeletal conditions that can decrease movement.

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When joints ache and experience decreased mobility, injections of local anesthetics or corticosteroids can help to preserve existing joint function. Injections or aspiration (fluid removal) help to lessen pain and lower inflammation as an alternative to surgery.

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Sports injuries and overuse can damage joints, tendons and ligaments. Our skilled orthopedic surgeons work closely with other specialists to develop an individualized, comprehensive treatment plan for your condition that might include minimally invasive or traditional surgery in addition to physical therapy.

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We offer a range of treatment and management options to match your preferences and values. Osteopathy is a musculoskeletal therapy often used along with conventional treatments. Our dedicated osteopaths use touch and light pressure to move muscles, release pressure and stimulate the healing process.

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Used as a pain management therapy, a corticosteroid and numbing agent may be injected to reduce pain and decrease inflammation within joints to promote healing. It is a safe, minimally invasive procedure that may be used as an alternative or complement to surgery.

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To increase ease of movement and manage pain, medications including cortisone, lubricants, hyaluronic acid and local anesthetics may be injected into the joint. The use of an ultrasound increases the precision of the therapy.

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Our skilled sports psychologists help athletes achieve optimal performance, improve mental health and overcome setbacks by improving their mental and emotional skills.

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Our sports medicine physicians perform a thorough history and physical examination and develop individualized treatment plans. Advanced imaging and specialized tests are utilized as needed to help diagnose acute and chronic sports injuries. Our treatments include education, self-directed exercise, physical therapy, regenerative medicine, psychological interventions and nutritional support. We regularly perform minimally invasive to highly complex surgeries using the latest technology.

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Damage to cartilage, ligaments and tendons can reduce activity and cause pain. Our team of experts will work closely with you to discuss your movement goals and any existing limitations. Before creating a customized treatment plan, your care team will use physical tests to understand your existing ability and imaging to visualize an injury within your joint.

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For athletes of all abilities, compartment syndrome can limit motion due to the build-up of pressure in nerves, blood vessels and muscle tissue. Because symptoms that usually present in arms and legs can increase with exercise, your doctor can perform a simple test to rule out the occurrence of this condition.

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Fractures and dislocations often present similar symptoms and can occur at the same time. When bones become dislocated, a joint can become deformed or immobilized, while a fracture is a bone break. Using advanced technology and deep expertise, our sports medicine specialists can diagnose the full range of bone injuries.

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This test was first created to help athletes understand existing ability and any limitations to performance. While it’s used for everyone today, sports medicine specialists continue to rely on this series of basic movement patterns to identify potential areas of weakness, pain or injury.

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Using advanced diagnostic imaging tests for the musculoskeletal system including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), X-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography CT), positron emission tomography (PET), our team can look within a joint to identify injuries that may be impacting your performance and ability to stay active. Our radiologists are board-certified and specialize in musculoskeletal radiology.

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Emotional support is an important part of your treatment. Support groups and community resources can help you and your loved ones through treatment and recovery.

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Our highly experienced orthopedic surgeons use advanced equipment and technology to perform the least invasive surgery possible for chronic orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions. Our specialized treatments are informed by the latest research and designed to deliver the most effective patient outcomes. They include a number of specialized services including trimming damaged cartilage and joint replacement.

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This is the surgical reconstruction or replacement of a joint, including the hip, knee, elbow, shoulder, wrist and ankle. Our orthopedic surgeons are highly trained at treating joint conditions using the latest techniques and procedures. We offer many types of arthroplasty services, including minimally invasive total and partial joint replacement, complex total joint replacement and joint resurfacing.

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Athletes can experience damage to their joints due to arthritis, misalignment, overuse or acute injury. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique that allows our surgeons to looks inside the knee and guide small instruments to remove or repair damaged tissue, improving joint mobility. It uses a small camera and other surgical tools that are inserted into the joint through several tiny incisions under local anesthetic. Most patients can return home the same day and return to regular activities within a few days or weeks.

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Sports injuries and overuse can damage cartilage in your joints or cause it to wear away. Without cartilage, the protective tissue that covers the tips of your bones, you can experience pain and reduced mobility. We offer advanced, minimally invasive surgical procedures that can help restore cartilage and allow you to avoid a joint replacement.

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Sports injuries can result in bone fractures and dislocations, which often occur at the same time. Our orthopedic surgeons use advanced techniques to effectively reposition and stabilize broken bones and repair torn ligaments, so that you can return to an active lifestyle as soon as possible.

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This sophisticated surgical technique allows our sports medicine specialists to correct bones that are misaligned due to arthritis, overuse or injury. Osteotomy can help younger athletes avoid a joint replacement while regaining mobility and returning to an active lifestyle.

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Whether you're recovering from an injury, need to improve your fitness, or want to take your performance to the next level, our board-certified specialists offer exercise training designed to meet your individual goals. Our sports medicine specialists work closely with you to design a routine of targeted exercises, track your progress and provide valuable insight and support along the way.

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Whether you want to optimize your sports performance while staying healthy or you've been sidelined by an injury, we offer state-of-the-art preventative care techniques and therapies that can help you reach your athletic goals.

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Our comprehensive sports physicals include a thorough history and physical examination, as well as a heart screen. A thorough evaluation of all conditions that may affect athletic safety is included. At UW Medicine, our board-certified sports medicine physicians use the same model to screen students that they do for the UW Huskies and Seattle Seahawks.

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Condition Spotlight

Arthritis

Overview

Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases are common conditions that cause pain, swelling and limited movement. They affect joints and connective tissues around the body. Millions of people in the U.S. have some form of arthritis.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms include joint pain that doesn’t go away or comes back, joint warmth and redness, joint swelling and stiffness and or trouble moving a joint in the normal way. These symptoms can look like other health conditions.

Risk factors and causes

Some risk factors for arthritis that can’t be avoided or changed include: age, gender and heredity. Risk factors that may be avoided or changed include: being overweight, a previous joint injury, infection or work that involves repeated bending or squatting.

Diagnosis

Your healthcare provider will take your medical history and give you a physical exam. Tests may also be done, and may include blood tests, X-rays or other imaging tests, urine test and skin or muscle biopsies.

Treatment

There is no cure for arthritis. Treatment plans often use both short-term and long-term methods. Short-term treatments include medications, joint immobilization, massage and acupuncture. Long-term treatments include medication, corticosteroids, hyaluronic acid therapy and surgery.

Complications

Because arthritis causes joints to worsen over time, it can cause disability. It can also cause pain and movement problems, and you may be less able to carry out normal daily activities and tasks.

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