Sport Injuries Specialist

Valley Orthopedic Institute

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons & Hand Surgeons located in Palmdale, CA & Ridgecrest, CA

If you’re active, you know how frustrating sports injuries can be. But continuing your usual activities despite a sports injury may worsen your condition, prolonging your recovery or causing other problems. Anand Shah, MD, Mehul Taylor, MD, and the team at Valley Orthopedic Institute specialize in diagnosing and treating sports injuries. They provide care that focuses on healing your injury as quickly and safely as possible. Call the office in Palmdale or Ridgecrest, California, or schedule your sports injury consultation online today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries include any injury that occurs during physical activity. Injuries may occur from an accident, overtraining, or improper use of equipment. A sports injury may affect any part of your body. 

Common sports injuries the team at Valley Orthopedic Institute treats include:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Sprains and strains
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Traumatic bone injuries
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries


Though athletes are prone to sports injuries, you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from sports injury care at Valley Orthopedic Institute. 

Whether your injury happened at the gym or during a game of basketball with your friends, the team can provide the care you need to heal your injury so you can get back to your active lifestyle. 

How are sports injuries diagnosed?

The team at Valley Orthopedic Institute conducts comprehensive evaluations when you come in with concerns about a sports injury. They review your symptoms, the cause of the injury, and your usual workout routine.

They perform a physical exam, paying close attention to the injured body part, assessing strength, flexibility, and mobility.

To confirm or rule out a diagnosis, the team performs X-rays or MRIs. 

How are sports injuries treated?

The orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and sports medicine specialists at Valley Orthopedic Institute understand the unique needs of athletes and active people. The team first focuses on treating your acute injury, then provides care to prevent a recurrence.

The specifics of your sports injury treatment plan may depend on the injury, symptoms, and your level of physical activity. Treatment may include:

  • Activity modification
  • Splinting or bracing
  • Use of assistive devices
  • Physical therapy
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Orthopedic surgery 


When surgery is needed, the team uses minimally invasive tools and techniques when possible to reduce pain and recovery time.

The Valley Orthopedic Institute team works one-on-one with you to develop an exercise prescription program to improve strength, stability, power, agility, speed, and reaction time. 

These sessions are a comprehensive approach that helps you perform better while protecting yourself from injury.

The team also talks to you about your nutritional needs and the importance of carbohydrates for energy and protein for muscle building. 

For comprehensive care for sports injuries, call Valley Orthopedic Institute or schedule an appointment online today.