“I can’t. I have Barre.”
“The WOD today was CRAZY!”
“I have to get my run in this afternoon.”
If you’ve uttered one (or all) of these “fit” phrases, you’re part of the millions of people in the world who participate in personal physical fitness. With more than 10 million high-intensity training athletes (think Iron Tribe and CrossFit) across the globe, thousands of strength and conditioning gyms throughout North America, and countless roads and trails all over the place, a workout can happen just about anywhere these days. When you push your body to its limits to achieve a particular goal—whether it’s building up your quads or beating your PR (best time) or simply to burn off daily stress—you can wear and tear your body and need professional assistance to make sure your recover back to peak optimal performance as soon as possible.
That’s where Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center comes in.
Long heralded as the place for pro, collegiate, and high school athletes to go for diagnosis, surgery, and rehabilitation, Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center also offers its world-renowned orthopaedic treatments with state-of-the-art technology to those patients who possess an “athletic mindset,” regardless if they’ve ever set foot on a baseball diamond or a football field. Andrews offers an elite team of both non-surgical and surgical orthopaedic specialists who believe in placing the patient’s participation at the very heart of the treatment plan. Whether you’re a mother of two whose three-mile jaunt has her knees aching, a recreational hiker with a nasty case of osteoarthritis, or a software designer that regularly visits the gym and your shoulder has started feeling like it’s on fire, as long as you’re committed to recovery from whatever ails you, Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center can help you return to an active, pain-free life as quickly as possible.
As a national leader in sports medicine and orthopaedic care, Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center is able to change lives through science, technology, and a skilled team of both non-surgical and surgical orthopaedic specialists. One of the groundbreaking techniques Andrews currently employs to heal and strengthen the body’s overused tendons and ligaments (as is often the case for those of us who take our bodies to the next level with our workouts and favorite physical activities) is known as Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, works using the body’s very own natural wound-healing properties to help accelerate healing and create stronger tissue. During this in-office, non-surgical procedure, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient, and the blood is placed in a centrifuge where it is processed, and a very high concentration of the patient's nutrients and growth factors is extracted to produce the PRP. Then, the PRP is injected into the damaged or injured tissue under ultrasound guidance to stimulate the tendon, ligament, or joint to begin quickly healing itself.
These structures have low blood flow so, when they get injured, they can have a hard time healing from not getting enough nutrients. PRP delivers a high concentration of the growth factors into the injured tissue in order to activate the healing cascade and regenerate the injured tissue with new, healthy tissue that can once again easily withstand the stress of sports- and fitness-related activities. PRP injections are more effective than common cortisone shots as PRP therapy involves the body’s natural processes to regenerate tissue growth while providing long-term healing. For those with conditions like tennis elbow, Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, and partial rotator cuff tears, PRP injections can speed your return to the track, gym, court, or field. With an in-office, non-surgical procedure, your own body’s enhanced, awesome healing properties, and a knowledgeable specialist to perform the procedure, you can get back in action sooner rather than later.
The athletic mindset isn’t reserved for adults! With more than 30 million children and adolescents nationwide involved in everything from Pee Wee Football to Little League Baseball, competition cheerleading to ballet dancing, and a plethora of activities in between, Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center knows how to treat those younger go-getters when an injury strikes. With a special attention to the vast complexities involved in children’s physiological processes, the sports medicine specialists at Andrews treat our local community’s youngest members (ages 5 and older) with the same elite-quality care that they extend to pros, collegiate, and high school athletes. Injuries like sports concussions, sprains, strains, neck along with growth plate injuries, dislocations, and various fractures are met with a keen attention to detail from physicians who are specifically trained in youth sports medicine. If your child or teen has sustained an injury that keeps them from engaging in the activities or sports they love, call 205-939-3699 to schedule a youth sports injury appointment with a skilled physician from Andrews’ youth sports medicine program.
From 5-year olds to senior adults and all the years in between, from the Barre class to the mountain biking trail, the box jump station to the baseball diamond, and all the other places you push yourself most, Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center is dedicated to assisting those who possess the commitment of athletes and the resolve of champions. To begin the process of getting back to your best self, visit AndrewsSportsMedicine.com.