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Orthopedic Trauma & Fracture Care

For many athletes, bone fractures are a common risk – but when they happen, they can be debilitating injuries that threaten an athlete’s ability to return their body to its peak performance. Many athletes fear that after a fracture, they won’t be able to return to the sport they love, or even have difficulty performing daily tasks.

At PT Family Medicine, Dr. Michael Wong and his team of sports orthopedic doctors are proud to offer experienced, patient-centric bone fracture treatment to patients throughout the greater Pittsburgh area. We’re an independent practice, and we’re proud of our personalized approach that allows us to make every patient feel seen and cared for in our office. We’ll take the time to provide you with an accurate diagnosis, then help you select the best treatment option for your individual needs.

If you’re ready to receive patient-focused, hands-on treatment for a bone fracture from the best sports medicine specialist Pittsburgh has to offer, don’t wait. Schedule your first appointment with the team at PT Family Medicine today.

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Treatments & Diagnoses for Sports-Related Fractures

Because your bones make up the entire structure of your body, a fracture can happen just about anywhere. However, the most common areas where athletes report fractures tend to include the:

  • Collarbone
  • Feet
  • Ankles
  • Hands
  • Wrists
  • Legs
  • Arms

Athletes tend to use their bodies more strenuously than those who don’t frequently play sports. This makes them more prone to fractures than others, particularly due to:

  • A traumatic event, such as being hit by a ball or stick
  • Overuse or repetitive motion, wearing the bone down over time and causing a stress fracture
  • Osteoporosis, which can weaken the bones and sneak up on athletes as they reach age 50 and above.

At PT Family Medicine, we provide pre-participation exams that can identify any risks of fractures you may want to be aware of (including osteoporosis). We also perform post-injury evaluations that can offer you the accurate diagnosis you need to begin the appropriate method of treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which athletes are most commonly affected by fractures?

Stress fractures – the type most commonly caused by overuse – are most frequently seen in athletes whose sport requires repetitive motion, such as:

  • Runners
  • Basketball players
  • Gymnasts

Fractures due to traumatic injuries often happen during contact sports, such as:

  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Hockey

How can I find short-term relief for a minor fracture?

If you’ve sustained a fracture and are not in need of immediate emergency attention, you can use the RICE method to find relief from pain prior to your doctor’s appointment:

  • Rest the injured area.
  • Ice the area to relieve swelling and numb the area for pain.
  • Compress the area using a cloth or bandage.
  • Elevate the affected area to reduce swelling.

Do you accept insurance for sports medicine services?

Yes! PT Family Medicine believes in making sports medicine accessible, and we’re proud to accept insurance from a number of providers across the Pittsburgh area. Visit our Insurance page to view our list of accepted providers, and reach out to us with any questions you have about your coverage.

How can I get started with the best fracture specialist near me?

At PT Family Medicine, it’s important to us that our sports medicine services are as accessible as possible. We’ve made it easy to request an appointment – just using our online scheduling tool to select a time that works for you, and we’ll reach out as soon as possible.