Football Injury Doctor in Raleigh, NC
What are the most common football injuries?
Football is a contact sport that requires players to protect themselves with layers of padding and helmets to avoid injury. Still, football players suffer from a wide range of injuries due to constant throwing, tackling, and other stresses on the knees and shoulders in particular. If you’ve ever suffered a football injury, you know that they can be painful and even sideline you for weeks or months.
Dr. David Dare is an orthopedic specialist who is dedicated to offering football players of all ages personalized treatment and support for both mild and severe football injuries, which include the following:
An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, which can occur when a person suddenly switches directions or stops running, is common among football players. An ACL injury can keep a football player on the bench for a substantial amount of time, causing the following uncomfortable symptoms:
- Sharp pain in the knee at the time of the injury
- Inability to walk
- Lowered range of motion
- Popping sound during the injury
A torn meniscus happens when a football player rotates their body but the foot remains planted in place. This can cause an unnatural twisting of the knee and a tear in the meniscus. Some of the many symptoms that may indicate you are suffering from a meniscal tear include the following:
- Knee pain
- Difficulty moving the knee/knee tightness
- Knee swelling
- Popping sound during the injury
Shoulder dislocation, also called shoulder separation, is a serious condition that can lead to complications throughout an athlete’s career–even long after the injury has appeared to heal. Complications include rotator cuff injuries and shoulder instability. Some of the signs that indicate your shoulder has dislocated include:
- Loose feeling in the shoulder
- Sharp pain and clicking sound at the time of injury
- Inability to move the shoulder in full range of motion
Where can I find a football injury doctor?
Dr. Dare, an orthopedic sports medicine physician serving the Raleigh, NC area, is experienced in treating athletes of all performance levels suffering both chronic or acute football injuries. Dr. Dare focuses on the shoulder and knee joints, assessing your condition and providing the highest level of comprehensive care. His goal is to get to know you and your needs for recovery and then provide you with the personalized treatment that gets you back on the field and back in action as quickly and seamlessly as possible.
Treating football injuries
Many football injuries can successfully heal with conservative treatment options, which include:
- Activity level and lifestyle modifications
- Heat/ice therapy
- Physical therapy
- Exercise therapy
- Massage therapy
- Pain medications
In cases where conservative options are not successful or your football injury is severe, Dr. Dare may recommend sugery to repair your shoulder or knee damage. Depending on your particular injury, Dr. Dare can provide a wide range of treatment options, including arthroscopic knee surgery, arthroscopic shoulder surgery, and shoulder replacement surgery.
“He wanted to make sure to examine options prior to moving ahead to surgery, and when other options were exhausted, he carefully and clearly explained what would be done. He also took his time to make sure I understood my recovery steps and answer all questions. I highly recommend him.”
Schedule an Injury Consultation
If you are experiencing symptoms of a football injury, consult a sports medicine physician. Dr. David Dare is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, shoulder surgery, and knee surgery. His primary goal is to develop an effective treatment plan using the least invasive techniques to relieve your pain, restore function, and get you back to feeling your best. Call 919.781.5600 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dare today.