As a sports medicine specialist, Dr. Greene provides both surgical and nonsurgical care for a variety of injuries affecting the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. People often assume that “sports medicine” pertains only to athletes, but you can benefit from seeing a sports medicine specialist for a ligament or tendon injury even if you are not an athlete.
Injuries like sprains, strains, and tears are common among both athletes and non-athletes. These types of injuries can occur during sports, exercise, accidents, or overuse. A sports medicine specialist like Dr. Greene aims to help patients of all activity levels recover and regain function as quickly and safely as possible so that they may return to normal activities like work, exercise, and sports.
Learn more about Dr. Greene’s sports medicine specialties below.
Arthroscopic ACL Reconstruction
ACL tears are among the most common knee injuries in both athletes and non-athletes. If a patient wants to remain active or has a more severe ACL tear, ACL repair surgery may be needed to restore strength and stability in the knee. Dr. Greene uses arthroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure, to repair torn ACLs. Arthroscopic ACL reconstruction can lead to less pain, quicker recovery, and a shorter hospital stay as compared to open ACL surgery.
Meniscus tears are another common knee injury. A meniscus is a c-shaped piece of cartilage that acts as a cushion for the knee and helps with maintaining balance. Each knee has two “menisci”–one at the inner edge of the knee, and one at the outer edge. Though meniscus tears often occur during sports, they can also occur due to degeneration of the meniscus over time. If conservative treatment methods do not alleviate symptoms, Dr. Greene may recommend minimally invasive surgery to repair or remove damaged areas of the meniscus.
Rotator Cuff Repair
Rotator cuff injuries are a common cause of shoulder pain in athletes and others who perform repetitive arm motions for work or recreation. Rotator cuff tears often occur slowly over time due to wear and tear, eventually causing chronic shoulder pain and loss of function. Dr. Greene initially treats rotator cuff tears with nonsurgical methods, but if a patient does not respond to conservative treatment or has a very large tear, surgery may be recommended. Dr. Greene typically uses arthroscopy for rotator cuff repairs because this minimally invasive procedure allows for smaller incisions, less post-surgical pain, and quicker recovery times.
Sports Medicine FAQs
Have any other questions about sports medicine and the treatment of sports injuries? Dr. Greene has provided his answers to common patient questions about sports medicine.