Sports-related injury care in Virginia
At HCA Virginia, we’ve been serving area high school, collegiate, and professional sports teams for decades. We understand athletes (both novice and expert) and will use our experience to assist you and your team in getting ready for the season. We also provide training and education on how to prevent and react to injuries, enabling you to have a safe and quick return to activity.
For more information about our primary care services or for help finding a doctor, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line.
Comprehensive sports medicine services
Our sports medicine programs combine expertise with advanced technology and facilities to provide athletes of all ages and skill levels with high-quality services. In addition to helping you manage pain and prevent further damage or re-injury, these services include:
- Advanced evaluation and rehabilitation and physical therapy tools and facilities, including an outdoor assessment field to simulate game conditions for individual sports
- Decades of experience based on long-time partnerships with schools, leagues, colleges and professional teams
- Detailed assessment within 48 hours at convenient locations throughout central Virginia
- Dynamic, customized and sport-specific one-on-one evaluation, training, rehabilitation/physical therapy and performance enhancement programs
- Opportunities to participate in and benefit from research studies that are advancing our knowledge of sports medicine and rehabilitation
- Post-rehabilitation and athletic development programs to help you transition back to your favorite sport or activity
- The region’s largest sports medicine team of board-certified primary care sports medicine physicians, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons, licensed physical therapists, certified athletic trainers and sports performance specialists
Sports-related injuries and conditions we treat
We have extensive experience getting patients back to doing the things they love after a sports-related injury. Common sports-related pain and injuries we treat include:
- Ankle/foot pain and injury — ankle sprains, high ankle sprains, Achilles tendon injuries, stress fractures and ligament inflammation (plantar fasciitis)
- Back pain and injury — muscle strain, ligament sprain, disc disorders and fractures
- Concussions — traumatic impact to the head causing dizziness, drowsiness, blurry vision and other symptoms
- Elbow pain and injury— ligament tears, as in tennis or golf elbow, bursitis and dislocation
- Hip pain and injury — hip pointer or contusion, hip flexor strain, labral tears of cartilage or quadriceps strains, dislocations and bursitis
- Knee pain and injury — anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligament tears, meniscus tears, jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis) and patellofemoral syndrome
- Shoulder pain and injury — labral tears of cartilage, dislocations, rotator cuff tears, biceps injuries, nerve impingement and fractures
- Wrist/hand pain and injury — ligament tears, tendinitis, nerve injuries and stress fractures
Sports medicine services we offer
Our sports medicine doctors and specialists offer a wide range of services to help athletes improve their play, learn about injury prevention and quickly recover if a sports-related injury does occur.
Customized sports medicine care
We offer customized sports medicine care for athletic teams and their coaches as well as individual athletes.
Care for athletic teams
We create customized programs for recreational and professional athletes and teams of all ages.
- Athletic/sports physicals
- Certified athletic trainer services, including on-site practice, game staffing and rehabilitation and physical therapy services
- Performance enhancement programs for team sports
- Pre-season injury prevention clinics
- Seasonal Saturday morning injury assessments for football players
- Sports concussion programs
- Sports medical release forms
Care for individual athletes
We offer training and conditioning for athletes in all sports and of all ages, including specialty programs for:
- Athletes 50 years old or older — We offer training for athletes 50 years old or older who play a sport or like to stay active. Programs are customized to your needs and may include guidance on lowering risk for injury, improving nutrition, hydration and staying healthy while taking into account medical conditions you may have.
- Baseball/softball players — In addition to pre-season screening for injuries, we offer video-aided pitching/throwing analysis and computerized assessment of total body pitching mechanics, from wind up to follow-through. We also provide evidence-based recommendations to improve performance and reduce injury.
- Cyclists — We offer cyclist consultations that address posture, alignment and biomechanics (structure and movement of your body) to help you reduce the risk of injury and improve your experience.
- Dancers — Our team offers extensive screening for hypermobility, posture, flexibility, lower extremity and core strength and dance techniques. We create personalized training aimed at improving technique, conditioning and quality of movement.
- Golfers — In addition to swing analysis, we outline specific ways to perfect your swing and prevent injuries caused by improper technique.
- Runners — Our experts use video gait analysis, which includes assessing your running action on a treadmill, and biomechanics to create customized plans to help you reduce the risk of injury.
- Women athletes — Our team has expertise in helping women athletes with special needs related to pregnancy and postpartum issues. We are also trained to help with the "female athlete triad" — a syndrome involving menstrual changes, energy imbalance and bone health. We help you reduce the risk of injury and improve strength for better performance.
Rehabilitation and physical therapy
Physical therapists help diagnose, manage and treat disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system, bones and joints. During treatment, physical therapists will medically supervise exercise that helps patients restore and maintain maximum movement and function. Physical therapy may include cardiovascular exercise, strength training, endurance exercises and manual therapy techniques.
Sports concussion program
We offer a comprehensive, sports concussion program to assist you in understanding and reacting to sports-related head injuries. Our program draws on the expertise of sports medicine experts, neurologists and neuropsychologists to assist in an athlete's full recovery.
If you suspect someone has had a concussion
A concussion is a brain injury caused by trauma to the head that can have serious consequences if undiagnosed and untreated. If you suspect someone has experienced a concussion, remove the athlete from play and have them evaluated by an appropriate healthcare professional immediately.
Sports injury surgery
Common sports-related surgeries our orthopedic surgeons offer include:
- Cartilage reconstruction — to repair or replace cartilage loss or damage in the knees
- Elbow tendon repair — to reattach the distal biceps tendon to the lower arm bone
- Knee ligament repair and reconstruction — to repair ligament loss or damage in the knees, including:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
- Lateral collateral ligament (LCL)
- Medial collateral ligament (MCL)
- Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL)
- Joint replacement — to replace joint surfaces, such as shoulder, knee and hip, with artificial implants
- Meniscus surgery — to trim or remove torn cartilage in the knee
- Rotator cuff shoulder repair — to reattach the tendon to the upper arm bone in a complete tear, or trim and smooth the tendon and bone in a partial tear
- Tommy John surgery — to replace an injured ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow with a tendon taken from another part of the body
Minimally invasive surgery
When possible, we perform minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, which involves small incisions and inserting a lighted tube into the joint. This allows surgeons to diagnose your condition and perform a variety of procedures on ligaments, bones, cartilage and tendons. Minimally invasive surgery results in less scarring and a quicker recovery time for patients.
Sports medicine hotline
We offer a 24-hour sports medicine hotline to provide our patients with more information about our sports medicine services, doctor referral or other sports medicine questions.
To speak with someone on our sports medicine team, call our sports medicine hotline at (804) 323-8326 (TEAM).