Sports Medicine

Angus Goetz, DO, FAOAO

Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Jackson, WY

Have you injured yourself while skiing, snowboarding, or some other physical activity? Dr. Angus Goetz provides high-quality sports medicine treatment for injuries at his Jackson, Wyoming, practice. Using innovative conditioning programs, physical therapy, and other guidance, he can help you recover from debilitating injuries and regain your active lifestyle. To learn more about how sports medicine can benefit you, call or use the online booking tool and schedule an appointment today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

If you’re an athlete on any level, it’s very possible you’ve already been exposed to sports medicine. This field of healthcare focuses on treating and preventing exercise and sports-related injuries that hamper your ability to be physically active.

Sports medicine also helps manage chronic conditions that cause ongoing pain and discomfort.

Dr. Goetz specializes in sports medicine, particularly in diagnosing and treating injuries to bones, ligaments, muscles, and tendons, as well as chronic pain conditions.

What are some common sports medicine injuries?

Popular recreational activities like skiing, snowboarding, running, and hiking, as well as other sports, often cause injuries that sports medicine can treat. Dr. Goetz treats a variety of other sports medicine injuries and chronic conditions, including:

  • Cartilage injuries
  • Concussions
  • Fractures
  • Hip injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Tendonitis

How do you prevent sports medicine injuries?

Many injuries are the result of accidents and can’t be prevented. However, there are some steps you can take to limit your risk of suffering injuries. Before and after engaging in physical activity, make sure you warm up and cool down your muscles with stretching.

Also, it’s critical that you listen to your body during exercise — don’t strain yourself. If you’re in pain or feel the pain coming on, make sure to stop, rest, and stretch. Don’t push yourself too hard and risk injury.

What types of techniques are used to treat sports medicine injuries?

When treating a sports injury, Dr. Goetz first diagnoses your injury. He asks you about your symptoms and performs in-office tests to assess your mobility and flexibility.

He also conducts a comprehensive physical exam and often recommends further testing—  such as X-rays — to better evaluate your condition. Fractures, torn ligaments, and cartilage injuries require X-ray imaging to accurately diagnose.

In some cases, Dr. Goetz elects to treat your injury with non-surgical techniques, including personalized exercise, strengthening programs, physical therapy, and nutrition counseling. The aim of these treatments is to limit pain, improve your condition, and prevent re-injury.

When dealing with more serious fractures or tears, Dr. Goetz may elect to perform surgery. In these cases, your recovery and rehab will still involve non-surgical methods to help you get back to being physically active as quickly as possible.

To learn more about sports medicine and how Dr. Goetz can help you recover from any injury with speed, comfort, and precision, call or schedule an appointment online today.