THINK LOCAL: Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center focuses on athlete recovery

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Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center. (Benjamin Voller | Collegian Media Group)

For athletes, an injury can make or break an athletic career. The Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center focuses on getting athletes back in the game as quickly and safely as possible.

Over 53 percent of injured athletes have significantly higher levels of depression, anxiety and lower self-esteem during the rehabilitation process, according to a pamphlet provided by OSMC. The center’s goal is to create a positive experience for patients while they recover and regain their strength.

Several factors can contribute to increasing an athlete’s risk of injury, such as:

  • Continuing to sustain an injury or return to a high-level activity too soon
  • Unable to pass functional testing
  • Unresolved psychological responses to injury

For $65 a session, patients can schedule an appointment and seek personalized training to get back to their sport as quickly and safely as possible. Each plan focuses on regaining confidence and strength in one-on-one sessions. During each session, athletic trainers guide athletes through individualized activities and interval drills. The team is focused on preparing a smooth transition for patients to continue to get the care they need.

The sports medicine team consists of physicians, physicians assistants, physical therapists, physical therapists assistants and athletic trainers. This team treats school-aged children to the elderly population. The physicians can evaluate and treat each patient’s musculoskeletal conditions and injuries over the phone rather than seeing a physician beforehand.

Some of the services offered include:

  • Wide-bore MRI
  • On-site x-ray, bracing and splinting
  • Personalized blood flow and restriction
  • Dry needling

In addition, there are a number of streamlined programming that athletes can experience such as agility exercises, plyometrics, sport-specific progressions, strength training, flexibility, proprioception and balance.

Those looking for more information, questions or inquiries can call (785) 537-4200 or visit kansasortho.com. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays, with locations at 8231 Positano Drive and 1600 Charles Place, Manhattan, Kansas.

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