Increase in Overuse Injuries Among Young Athletes Leads OrthoArizona - Arizona Orthopaedic Associates to Expand Treatment in Arizona

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The board-certified orthopedic surgeons at OrthoArizona - Arizona Orthopaedic Associates are setting aside appointment times each weekday for urgent and unexpected injuries for Arizona’s young athletes.

Experienced in athletic sports injuries, Michael Domer, MD, is team physician for Shadow Mountain High School and the Arizona Rattlers and is skilled in all aspects of orthopedic care.

As a former athlete myself, I know what it’s like to want to get back in the game as soon as possible after an injury.

Year-round training schedules are contributing to overuse injuries among young athletes, which account for nearly half of all emergency room visits for children under the age of 14, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control.

As a result, bone and joint injuries related to overuse are on the rise. To combat this trend, the board-certified orthopedic surgeons at OrthoArizona - Arizona Orthopaedic Associates are setting aside appointment times each weekday for urgent and unexpected injuries for Arizona’s young athletes.

“As a former athlete myself, I know what it’s like to want to get back in the game as soon as possible after an injury,” said Michael S. Domer, MD, of OrthoArizona - Arizona Orthopaedic Associates. “However, as more kids are working toward college and professional athletics from a younger age, the number of overuse injuries have continued to rise.”

Common overuse injuries include tendonitis of the shoulder and elbow, runner’s knee, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, ACL tears and ACL sprains.

In recent years, some training regimens for competitive sports have been extended. Now, year-round training schedules are a more common practice, especially for those involved in competitive high school sports and young hopefuls pursuing college sports careers.

“Overuse injuries can occur due to repetitive trauma to a certain area within any muscle or joint in the body,” said Shelden L. Martin, MD of OrthoArizona - Arizona Orthopaedic Associates. “Although I see many of these injuries every day, I know each one is unique and deserves careful attention, thorough evaluation and proper treatment.”

Martin is head team physician for the Arizona Rattlers Arena Football League and team physician for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Coyotes. He is also team physician for the Chicago White Sox, Desert Vista High School and Veritas Preparatory Academy. Martin specializes in complex arthroscopic surgery including ligament reconstruction, cartilage transplants, shoulder and elbow joint replacements and reverse shoulder replacements.

Experienced in athletic sports injuries, Domer is the team physician for Shadow Mountain High School, and is affiliated with Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center, Gateway Surgery Center, St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center and OASIS Hospital. Domer is skilled in all aspects of orthopedic care, specializing in sports-related injuries including minimally-invasive techniques.

For more information on OrthoArizona – Arizona Orthopaedic Associates, please visit http://www.aoa.md or call (602) 631-3161. Find out more on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/aoaatgateway and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aoaatgateway.

About OrthoArizona - Arizona Orthopaedic Associates
OrthoArizona - Arizona Orthopaedic Associates strives to improve the quality of life of its patients and their families through outstanding orthopedic care. OrthoArizona - Arizona Orthopaedic Associates is committed to excellence by pledging to provide the highest quality of orthopedic care possible. Along with the treatment of immediate or chronic problems, top-rated and board-certified orthopedic surgeons strive to integrate the doctrine of prevention in all treatment plans as a way to alleviate possible future difficulties.

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