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Sports Medicine

Our sports medicine team will work with you to create an individualized

treatment plan so you can recover 100% from sports and exercise-related injuries quickly and safely.

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The Team

Our sports medicine specialists are experts in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of common injuries that occur during sports or exercise.

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Miguel Pelton, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Hip, Knee, Shoulder, and Elbow

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Ralph Garretson III, MD, MS

Orthopedic Surgeon

Shoulder and Elbow

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James ward, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Knee and Shoulder

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robert smith, Jr., MD, Mph

Orthopedic Surgeon

Knee and Shoulder

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Eleana Cook, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Andrew Carter, Doctor of Physical Therapy at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic
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Samantha Adornetto, Doctor of Physical Therapy at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic

Our physical therapists play a critical role in helping individuals recover from injuries.

Ralph Garretson III, MD, MS

Orthopedic Surgeon

Shoulder, Elbow

common sports medicine injuries

Tendonitis

 

Inflammation of the tendon that can be caused by minor or serious injury to parts of the body. Tendonitis can affect the elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, thumb, and Achilles tendon. Symptoms include pain and a loss of range of motion. Treatment for tendonitis includes ice and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Sprains and strains

 

Sprains are injuries to ligaments while strains are injuries to muscles or tendons. Both are caused by physical stress, and can affect the ankle, knee, neck, wrist, back, legs, and hands. Symptoms include pain and swelling. Treatment for strains and sprains includes R.I.C.E (rest, ice, compression, elevation) or, in severe cases, surgery.

Dislocations

 

These occur when extreme force is put on a ligament allowing the bones to become disconnected.  Common Body Parts affected by Dislocations include the shoulder, knee, hip, and finger. Symptoms include pain, discoloration, deformity and immobility. Treatment requires returning a bone to its normal position.

Fractures

 

There are two types of fractures, or broken bones. Stress fractures are caused by repeated stress on the bone. Compression fractures result from osteoporosis, when bones lose calcium there are more susceptible to breaking. Fracture symptoms include swelling, discoloration, and pain. Treatment includes R.I.C.E (rest, ice, compression, elevation), medication, and a cast or splint.

Ligament injuries and tears

 

Ligaments are tough bands that connect bones. Stressing them can cause injuries, such as sprains and tears, which are often diagnosable only through thorough examination and, in some cases, arthroscopic surgery. Treatment includes physical therapy, bracing and surgery.

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