Sports Medicine

Treatment and recovery options for activity-related injuries and conditions

If a sprain, strain, fracture or other injury keeps you from enjoying the activities you love, the sports medicine experts at Novant Health can help manage and treat your condition. We offer treatments and services tailored to meet your individual needs so you can get back to your active lifestyle. 

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Expert care for athletes of all ages and skill levels

Whether you're a competitive athlete or just enjoy healthy activities, our team cares for all ages and skill levels. Find programs designed to help prevent or manage existing injuries and meet your goals safely. We offer advanced options including nonsurgical and surgical treatments, physical and occupational therapy for activity-related injuries and services to help you perform at the highest level. 

Our Sports Partnerships

Novant Health has built relationships with teams and organizations at every level. We are proud to be the official healthcare provider for:
Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Checkers
Charlotte Independence
Greensboro Swarm
High Point University

Sports Medicine Services

Novant Health offers complete sports care from diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care to services to help prepare for your season or enhance performance.

What to do if you get a sports-related injury

If you're not in a lot of pain, don't assume your injury is minor and will simply disappear on its own. You should get checked out as soon as possible to rule out an underlying issue or a more serious injury. Getting care quickly can also help you recover and get back to your regular activities as soon as possible. 

Novant Health offers walk-in care for sports and other injuries – often the same day – at locations in Charlotte and Winston-Salem. 

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When should I see a specialist? 

Always seek medical care if you suspect you have a concussion or a painful injury like a fracture or torn ligaments. If your condition doesn't improve within several days or the pain intensifies, talk to our sports medicine specialists. They'll give you an assessment and help you plan a course of action. 

For serious or life-threatening injuries, call 911 or seek care at an emergency room. 

Common Sports-Related Injuries

Sports Medicine Services

Your sports or exercise-related injury can often be treated without surgery. Visit a Novant Health sports medicine clinic near you. We offer nonsurgical care options for conditions like concussions, sprains, muscle strains, bursitis and tendonitis.

Our sports medicine specialists will assess your condition. Together, you'll discuss treatment options and recovery and prevention goals.

Nonsurgical treatments include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Joint injections
  • Pain medication
  • Braces and casts
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment
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More serious injuries and certain joint conditions may require surgery. A minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure could be an option if you have a broken bone, torn ligaments or joint damage.

Our team may take X-rays and perform diagnostic tests. Your orthopedic sports medicine surgeon will then discuss treatment options with you and together you’ll work on a recovery plan.

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When you're recovering from an injury or surgery, your care team will often include physical therapy as part of your treatment plan. With guidance from a Novant Health physical therapist, you'll develop a regimen of targeted exercises specifically designed to increase your strength and flexibility. Your therapist will demonstrate the exercises and teach you how to avoid overexertion and reduce the risk of reinjury.

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The occupational therapists at Novant Health can help you adjust your habits after an injury. For example, if you have a concussion, bone fracture, arthritis or nerve damage, your provider may recommend occupational therapy to regain your independence.

Occupational therapy techniques can help you relearn how to move and perform daily activities. This might involve manual therapy, support braces for stabilization or improving your motor skills. The goal is to get you back to your lifestyle.

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Explore Our Sports Injury Guide.

Our guide to sports medicine is an invaluable resource for athletes of all levels. Find common questions about sports injuries, treatment options, recovery methods and reinjury prevention.