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Sports Medicine Specialist

Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center

Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation located in Greenbelt, MD & Olney, MD

Adolescent athletes sustain injuries at nearly the same rate as professional athletes. At every age, physical therapists that focus on sports medicine help you return to play safely and as quickly as possible. Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center is one of the few clinics in the area that specialize in adolescent sports injuries. It also offers comprehensive rehabilitation for athletes of all ages and skill levels. If you need physical therapy to recover from an injury, call the office in Greenbelt, Olney, Bowie, Riverdale, Glen Burnie, Laurel, or Silver Spring, Maryland, or book an appointment online today. Same-day and next-day appointments are available.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Physical therapists who specialize in sports medicine help you recover from all types of injuries that happen during athletic activities. 

Sports medicine isn’t limited to professional athletes or people engaged in organized sports. Anyone who suffers an injury while they’re active can recover faster with physical therapy.

Do adolescents benefit from sports medicine?

There’s no doubt that adolescents benefit from sports medicine. The team at Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center specializes in sport-specific therapy for these young athletes. They focus on preventing injuries in adolescents and rebuilding their strength, stamina, agility, and mobility after an injury occurs.

Adolescents may suffer a traumatic injury, but overuse injuries are more common. An overuse injury occurs when they repeatedly perform the same movement. If they engage in intensive training or don’t give their muscles time to heal, tears develop in soft tissues like muscles and ligaments.

The team treats many types of adolescent sports injuries, including:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Back pain
  • Meniscus injuries
  • Knee ligament injuries
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Pitcher’s elbow

Adult athletes also commonly suffer the same types of injuries as adolescents.

What symptoms indicate I need a sports medicine specialist?

Sports injuries typically cause symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Joint instability
  • Limited mobility
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Inability to use the affected limb


If you suspect you have a fracture, don’t hesitate to seek orthopedic care. Otherwise, the team at Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center performs a thorough evaluation and refers you to an orthopedic specialist if they find problems requiring medical attention.

What type of treatment do sports medicine specialists provide?

Most sports injuries benefit from physical therapy as soon as possible. Physical therapy accelerates healing, reduces inflammation, and eases your pain. Your physical therapy program rehabilitates your body by rebuilding muscle strength, improving range of motion, and restoring optimal function.

Physical therapy treatments range from structured exercises to modalities such as electric stimulation, ultrasound, massage, and balance training. As your recovery progresses, your therapist introduces sport-specific exercises that prepare you to return to play as strong as ever.

Some athletes can improve their performance and prevent injuries with ALINE® insoles. These advanced shoe inserts reduce stress on your joints and improve the alignment of your knees and ankles.

Physical therapy promotes optimal health in adolescents and adults who enjoy athletic activities. To learn more, call Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center or book an appointment online today.