Sports Medicine

Offering State-of-the-Art Sports Injury Care & Rehabilitation Treatments.

At OrthoNeuro, we provide sports medicine care from injury prevention to injury treatment and rehabilitation for youth, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes.

What Is Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine is a medical specialty that focuses on physical fitness and the treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. The professionals in this field include sports medicine physicians and sports medicine surgeons. 

Sports medicine physicians specialize in dealing with musculoskeletal issues and other non-musculoskeletal issues that arise in sports. Those trained as sports medicine surgeons can also perform surgery, for example, to repair ACL injuries. 

Sports medicine healthcare providers usually have initial training in other fields such as internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, or another specialty.

Sports medicine healthcare providers are generally board-certified in pediatrics or family medicine with additional training in sports medicine. In addition, sports medicine surgeons have surgical training, usually as orthopedic surgeons.

“The staff and doctors are very pleasant and address the needs, and make you feel very comfortable.”


A sports medicine specialist may also work with the following medical specialists:

  • Physical Therapists. Physical therapy is used for rehabilitation and treating injuries.
  • Certified Athletic Trainers. Athletic Trainers create rehab exercise programs to help patients regain strength and mobility. They also develop conditioning programs to prevent future injury.
  • Nutritionists. They provide dietary advice to help with either weight loss or weight gain. Nutrition can also help athletes improve their physical functioning.

At OrthoNeuro, our sports medicine healthcare providers are board-certified in orthopedics with additional training in sports medicine. As a result, they are fully trained to deal with a wide range of sports injuries.

If you need the help of a sports medicine physician, then contact OrthoNeuro today.

How Can Our Sports Medicine Healthcare Providers Help?

Sports medicine healthcare providers are specially trained to treat common sports injuries. Their goal is to help injured patients return to athletic activity. Part of their training is also geared towards the prevention of both illness and injury in active people. 

Patients who benefit most from sports medicine healthcare providers are professional athletes. Likewise, they will treat children and teens involved in sports, and others who may participate in sports or exercise recreationally. 

In addition to those who participate in sports and exercise, they can also treat injuries for those who have physically demanding jobs like construction workers. Sports medicine healthcare providers can also help in other areas such as nutritional advice and injury prevention.

When to Call Us

At OrthoNeuro, you can make an appointment to see a sports medicine healthcare provider with or without an appointment! 

If you have a major injury and need treatment in an emergency, then you can avoid the typical hospital emergency room delay and come to OrthoNeuro+NOW for urgent orthopedic care. Our orthopedic providers can provide emergency treatment for severe injuries with swelling, severe pain, numbness, and the inability to perform weight-bearing movements.

You’ll receive prompt attention from a dedicated sports medicine specialist when you need it most. The cost is typically less than an emergency room visit, and most insurance plans are accepted. Walk in or call ahead at (614) 839-3245 for orthopedic care in Columbus, Ohio.

If your sports injury is less urgent,  you can make an appointment at any one of our locations. All of our sports medicine healthcare providers provide a comprehensive treatment plan to treat injuries. This will often include rehabilitation, helping you back to physical activity through physical therapy.

Most sports injuries can be treated with nonsurgical treatments. For example, many ligament injuries can be treated by taking pain relievers, putting ice on the injured joint, and securing it in a cast or sling.

Other injuries such as a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament or realignment of the broken bones may need surgery to reconstruct the ligament.

Common Sports & Athletic Injuries

ACL Injury

An ACL injury refers to a tear or sprain of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). These are the strong bands of tissue that connect your thigh bone to your shin bone. Injuries are common in sports that require sudden changes in direction,  stopping, jumping, and landing. 

ACL repair or reconstruction are well-known arthroscopic procedures used to repair a torn ACL and are commonly performed in orthopedic surgery. This procedure aims to repair or reconstruct the torn ACL to restore stability to the knee. 

The ACL is repaired using small sutures and a graft from your hamstring or patella tendon, or a cadaveric ligament to reinforce the newly repaired ligament. The repaired ligament is then threaded through small tunnels in the knee and reattached to its intended position in the knee using small screws.

Meniscus Injury

A meniscus tear is a common knee injury that is often sustained during sports and physical activities due to a sudden change in direction, forceful twisting of the knee, or direct impact to the knee. However, meniscus tears often occur in athletes as a result of wear and tear to the knee. However, it can also occur as a result of osteoarthritis of the knee.

Sprains & Strains

Sprains and strains are very common injuries that share very common causes and symptoms. However, they both involve different parts of the body.

Shin Splints

Shin splints are one of the most common lower extremity injuries among athletes and active people and most often develop after repetitive athletic activities. This condition is caused by the inflammation of one or more of the muscles, tendons, or tissues around the tibia. 

Many people notice the onset of Shin Splints after a change in athletic routines or taking on a more intensive workout program. Other risk factors for shin splints include having flat feet as well as working out with improper footwear.

Joint Dislocations

A joint dislocation occurs when one or more of the bones within a joint is pushed forcefully out of its correct anatomical position and is common in the shoulder, elbow, hip, or knee. Most joint dislocations are caused by either an accident or a direct blow to the joint.

It is important to seek immediate medical attention after a dislocation occurs as other trauma to the joints, ligaments, or soft tissue may have occurred. Attempting to relocate the joint yourself is dangerous and should not be attempted.

If you have a joint dislocation, the symptoms can include:

  • Pain in the joint
  • A visible deformity in the joint
  • Reduced mobility of the joint
  • Numbness or tingling around the joint

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are small cracks or severe bruising within a bone. Stress fractures can be common in athletes who participate in sports that involve repetitive movements. Most commonly, these fractures can occur in the lower leg and foot.

Rotator Cuff Injury

The rotator cuff consists of four muscle tendons that attach to the top of the shoulder, and the rotator cuff helps hold the shoulder in its socket and rotates and raises the arm. Rotator cuff tears can be caused by an accident or injury, such as a fall or direct impact onto the shoulder, or as the result of wear and tear of the shoulder.

Golfer & Tennis Elbow

Golfer’s elbow and Tennis elbow are commonly used terms to describe inflammation of the tendons on the inside and outside of the elbow due to repetitive strain or stress on the tendon. 

Despite what the names may suggest, golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are more common in those whose jobs require repetitive motion of the arm and grasping than it is in athletes. In fact, contractors, plumbers, painters, and other laborers are among the most commonly affected by these conditions.

Our Specialists

B. Rodney Comisar, MD, FAAOS

Orthopedic Surgeon

Jeremy R. Mathis, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

Michael B. Cannone, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

Mark E. Gittins, DO, FAOAO

Orthopedic Surgeon

Keith A. LaDu, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

Scott P. Stephens, MD

Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon

Benjamin W. Szerlip, DO

Orthopedic Shoulder Surgeon

Jeffrey E. Gittins, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

Desmond J. Stutzman, DO

Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

James C. Cassandra, DO

Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

Gary M. Millard, DO

Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

“I love this group of Doctors. They have specialists to cover what ever part of the body is in need of treatment. Every doctor i have seen in this practice have had a very good bedside manner and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this practice for all your orthopedic and neurological needs”

Teresa H.