Sports Medicine

Charles Capito, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Charles Capito, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Weirton, WV, Stuebenville, OH, & Oakdale, PA

When you need a sports medicine specialist, you can’t ask for a more understanding and experienced doctor than Charles P. Capito, MD, in Weirton, West Virginia, Steubenville, Ohio, or Oakdale, Pennsylvania. He has worked with the doctors for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Colts, served as a US Olympic Sports Doctor, and successfully completed fellowship training in sports medicine. Whether you need help with an acute injury or rehabilitation, book an appointment online or call the office nearest you.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What are the most common sports injuries?

Your risk for a sports injury is higher when your activity involves repeatedly making the same movement or when you participate in sports that involve overhead motion, twisting, weight loading, bodily contact, and suddenly changing directions while running.

Some of the most common sports injuries are:

  • Groin strain
  • ACL tear
  • Ankle sprains
  • Shin splints
  • Meniscus tear
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Tennis or pitcher’s elbow

After a sports injury, a thorough examination at the office of Charles P. Capito, MD, to determine the extent of your injury will prevent progressive damage and chronic instability.

What should I know about stress fractures?

Stress fractures are a very common sports injury. They typically begin when your muscles are too fatigued to absorb the ongoing pressure of your athletic activity. As a result, the bone takes on all the stress, which leads to a tiny crack in the bone called a stress fracture. If you continue to use the bone, the stress fracture worsens.

Most stress fractures appear in the weight-bearing bones of your lower leg and foot. Although sports like tennis, basketball, and gymnastics make you more prone to a stress fracture, any athlete who doesn’t give their body time to rest between workouts or competition is at risk for developing this type of injury.

What symptoms develop due to a sports injury?

When you have a musculoskeletal injury, you’ll likely develop the hallmark symptoms of:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Limited movement
  • Inability to use the damaged area

Injuries affecting your joints may make the joint pop, click, or feel like it’s unstable. Should your injury pinch or damage a nerve, you may develop pain, tingling, and numbness along the length of the nerve.

How are sports injuries treated?

Treatment for a sports injury begins with rest to give your tissues time to heal. You can start that process immediately with the RICE protocol: Rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Resting is often hard for an athlete, but it’s the most important step for ensuring you regain optimal strength.

Dr. Capito may immobilize your injury to ensure it heals properly. Although it’s routine to use the most conservative therapies first, surgery may be your initial treatment for injuries like complex or open fractures, tissues that heal slowly, ruptured ligaments or tendons and meniscal tears.

You’ll receive comprehensive sports medicine services at Charles P. Capito, MD. To schedule an appointment, call the office nearest you or use the online booking feature.

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