Thomas J. Kremen, M.D.
Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Santa Monica, CA & Los Angeles, CA
Whether you have a standing tennis date with a friend, or you participate in sports on an amateur or professional level, sports injuries are often part of the landscape. From fractures to ligament tears, Thomas J. Kremen, MD treats most musculoskeletal issues that keep you from enjoying an active lifestyle. As an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, Dr. Kremen helps his Santa Monica patients get back into the game as quickly as possible. To find out more, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.
What are the most common sports injuries?
Your body is an amazingly complex machine that undergoes a fair amount of stress on a daily basis performing just the basics. When you throw in the added stresses of sports or active pursuits, there are times when it just can’t handle the extra workload.
If you count yourself among the group of people who enjoy participating in sports, from a weekly golf outing to more serious athletic competitions, you leave yourself open to the possibility of an injury.
To give you an idea of the scope of sports injuries, here are some of the more common ones:
- Ankle Sprain
- Meniscus Tear
- Ligament tears in your knee
- Shoulder injuries, such as a rotator cuff tear
This list is by no means comprehensive, but it covers the most common reasons people see Dr. Kremen for help.
When should I see a doctor for a sports injury?
If you sustain an injury playing a sport, you should apply the RICE method as soon as you’re able:
If the swelling, stiffness, and pain that often accompany sports injuries don't subside after 24 hours, or they worsen, you should make an appointment with Dr. Kremen to get to the bottom of the problem.
How are sports injuries treated?
There’s no blanket answer to this question, as it depends upon the injury. When you first come in, Dr. Kremen reviews your symptoms, performs an examination, and usually orders diagnostic imaging.
Once armed with a diagnosis, Dr. Kremen reviews your options, taking into account your lifestyle and your goals. As a sports medicine specialist, he treats his active patients with an eye toward getting them back to their athletic endeavor as soon as possible, without risking re-injury.
While Dr. Kremen tries to start off conservatively with anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and rest, he may recommend more aggressive measures if your sports injury doesn’t respond.
Dr. Kremen is an experienced orthopedic surgeon, and he has numerous surgical solutions that provide long-lasting strength and stability to your injury, all with an eye toward preventing another injury down the road.
If a sports injury has sidelined you, call Thomas J. Kremen, MD, or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.