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Sports Medicine Primary Care
The Sports Medicine team at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is highly trained to help you recover from any musculoskeletal injury that may limit your activity level. In addition to their board certification in a primary care specialty, they are fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine and hold a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine (CAQSM). Whether you are a college athlete, weekend warrior or someone who enjoys leisurely walks, our team can help you heal and keep you moving.
How we help
From middle school to well beyond retirement, we provide sports-related injury prevention and care for non-surgical sports-related injuries. Our team will work with you to help determine the source of your injury, recommending specific strength and conditioning programs to help prevent re-injury going forward. While helping you heal, we can guide you through the process, referring you to physical therapy or occupational therapy as needed.
Although nearly 90 percent of injuries can be healed without surgery, we can expedite a referral to an orthopedic surgeon when surgery is necessary.
The sports medicine specialists at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health can also help you reach peak fitness and performance, with insight on injury prevention, nutrition, sleep, mental preparation and more.
Our goal is to provide individualized treatment to get you back to sports, work and school as safely and quickly as possible.
Sports-related conditions treated
- Ankle sprains
- Finger and hand sprains
- Knee injuries
- Muscle strains
- Shoulder injuries
- Stress fractures
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Wear-and-tear arthritis
- Chronic conditions that can affect performance such as asthma, diabetes or infectious mononucleosis
- Sports concussions
Services we offer
Our sports medicine specialists have a broad range of experience, allowing for the best care for your injuries. Among the treatments we offer are:
Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries resulting from rapid impact to the skull that jostles the brain. It is especially important to have your child seen by a provider if a concussion is suspected, as a young athlete’s brain is still developing.
Signs and symptoms of a concussion
Signs and symptoms can vary greatly from mild to severe, and may develop at the time of injury or appear days later. Your student athlete may or may not lose consciousness. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of a sports-related concussion to watch for include:
- Not feeling right
- Sensitivity to light and/or sound
- Trouble with concentration or memory
- Mood changes: sadness, nervousness
- Sleep changes
If you suspect a sports concussion, call your child’s primary care provider or go to the Emergency Services department for a medical evaluation. You may also be referred to our Sports Concussion Program for comprehensive testing and diagnosis.
Find a primary care sports medicine provider trained in diagnosing and treating sports concussions
For more information about our Sports Concussion Program, call toll-free 360-782-5700.
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