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Sports Injuries Specialist

George J Graf, MD -  - Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Physician

Intelligent Pain & Regenerative Medicine Solutions

George J Graf, MD

Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Physician located in Beverly Hills, CA

Whether you're a seasoned athlete or a weekend warrior, sports injuries are often part of the landscape. George Graf, MD, at Intelligent Pain & Regenerative Medicine Solutions in Los Angeles, offers sports injury services that alleviate pain and restore function to get you back in the game as quickly as possible. Dr. Graf is a pain management and orthobiologic medicine doctor whose goal is to help you remain active for as long as possible. If you were injured playing sports, call the office in Beverly Hills, California, or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are the most common sports injuries?

Man sprinting through sports injuries

Sports are designed to push your body to the limits and often involve running, jumping, pivoting, and even direct collision.

There are generally two types of sports injuries: Acute injuries, which can occur from a specific incident, and stress injuries, which develop over time.

The most common sports injuries in both of these categories include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Ligament tears, especially in your knees
  • Shoulder injuries, including rotator cuff tears
  • Patellofemoral syndrome (a fall directly on your kneecap leads to this condition)
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries

These last two categories are worth underscoring — 20% of all sports injuries involve your neck or back, two areas that often lead to chronic problems with pain. That said, any injury, such as a sprained ankle, can lead to future problems like arthritis if not adequately treated.

What should I do if I've been injured playing sports?

If you've been injured while playing a sport, you should immediately apply the RICE method:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

If your sports injury doesn't improve or gets worse, you should seek the help of an orthopedist and an experienced pain management physician.

Additionally, if you have an old sports injury that's causing you pain, see Dr. Graf at Intelligent Pain & Regenerative Medicine Solutions so that he can help you manage your pain and find a solution that goes the distance.

How are sports injuries treated?

The treatment for your sports injury depends upon the nature and location of your injury. If you're struggling with pain, Dr. Graf has extensive experience helping patients get back to an active lifestyle using such noninvasive strategies as:

  • Steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Facet joint injections
  • Hyaluronic acid joint injections

In recent years, orthobiologic treatment has emerged as an effective tool for sports injuries because it speeds up healing on a cellular level. This approach is great for any athlete who can't afford solutions that only mask the problem. By actually repairing your tissues, Dr. Graf can help you return to your athletic pursuits more quickly while minimizing your risk of re-injury.

To learn more about the sports injury services at Intelligent Pain & Regenerative Medicine Solutions, call or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.