Sports Medicine Specialist in Kirkland, WA
As a former collegiate athlete, Dr. Clinton understands the competitive nature of those participating in sports and the desire to return quickly and safely to activity. Unfortunately, injuries will occur in the heat of competition. We are ready to help you prevent and recover from injuries of all types whether you are a world-class athlete, a recreational athlete or a weekend warrior.
Dr. Clinton is fellowship-trained in sports medicine with extensive experience treating sports injuries. She applies the latest techniques including anatomic ACL reconstruction, cartilage transplants, and emphasizes meniscus preservation.
For more information about sports medicine services we provide at our orthopedic surgery office in Kirkland, WA, call us today at (425) 899-4810 to schedule your appointment.
A special area of interest to Dr. Clinton is female sports injuries. Due to certain anatomical factors, female athletes are predisposed to injuries such as ACL tears. As a former athlete herself, Dr. Clinton understands the impact these injuries can have on athletes and is dedicated to developing individualized treatment plans.
Orthobiologics is an evolving field in orthopedics. A great deal of research is being done on how we can use substances from our own bodies (like PRP and stem cells) to treat musculoskeletal injuries.
There is still a great deal that we are learning and at this point, many treatments are still considered experimental, but research is ongoing.
A few of the more common treatments in use currently are:
- PRP Injections
- Stem Cells
Injury Prevention Programs
People are prone to get hurt when they suddenly jump into a new sport or back into a sport or suddenly increase their mileage running. We also know that overall condition and strength is important. For example, hip strength is very important for optimal knee function. We also know proper biomechanics are extremely important. This has been shown extensively with ACL prevention programs
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and attaches the calf muscle to the heel. It can tolerate high loads but is prone to rupture. Ruptures tend to occur with sudden explosive activity. They are most common in recreational athletes in their 30s-40s. The risk of injury can be reduced by properly warming up, gradually increasing activities and stretching adequately.
Pec tendon tears are relatively uncommon and occur mostly in males. They occur most frequently with bench pressing, but can also occur during sports such as skiing, football and rugby.
Pec Tendon Tear Symptoms and Treatment
There is usually pain and bruising on the anterior chest and often there is a difference in the muscle contour of the anterior chest. Tears can be partial or complete.
Complete pec tears are usually treated with surgery. A small incision is made and the tendon end is repaired back to the bone. A sling is then worn while the tendon heals and rehabilitation is started. It takes 4-6 months for healing.
Schedule an Appointment in Kirkland, WA
Dr. Camille Clinton is a fellowship-trained board-certified orthopedic surgeon that specializes in sports medicine. As a former athlete, she knows how important it is to ensure a safe and timely return to play. Call (425) 899-4810 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clinton today!