At Wake Forest Baptist Health, it doesn't matter if you're a Division I college athlete, a passionate recreational golfer or a weekend warrior. All our sports medicine patients – active people of all ages and performance levels – benefit from the same advanced sports medicine techniques and high standards of care. And they feel confident knowing that the region's most experienced team of sports medicine physicians is rooting for them to start playing again as soon as possible.
Personalized Sports Medicine Treatment
Our goal is to get you back to your game and keep you active. We work with you to maximize performance and minimize recovery time and future injury. We treat a wide range of sports-related injuries and conditions, including:
- Injuries and conditions of the:
- Cervical spine
- Thoracic spine
- Lumbar spine
- Exercise induced asthma (EIA)
- Cardiac conditions
- Skin/rash problems
Our sports medicine specialists develop a specialized treatment plan for every patient that includes:
- Injury evaluation (X-rays, MRI scans, ultrasound, bone scans)
- Treatment plan
- Prevention from future injury
Non-Surgical and Surgical Treatment Plans
When you suffer a common sports injury, such as a traumatic torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) or a painful overuse injury such as tendonitis, you have plenty of options for care.
Our training goes beyond treatment of the most basic injuries and includes the latest in both operative and non-operative care, giving us a better understanding of every athlete's needs and sports injury treatment options.
We understand that orthopaedic surgery doesn't always have to be your only option. We offer a wide range of non-operative sports medicine treatments, from injection therapies, such as platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, to sports physical therapy programs. And if surgery is necessary, our specialists are trained in the latest minimally-invasive procedures for speedier and easier recoveries.
Our goal is to get you back to the game as soon as possible. We use the latest technology and treatment techniques:
- Our digital operating rooms have cutting-edge technology for the latest and most complicated arthroscopic procedures.
- We are one of the few East Coast hospitals that perform advanced hip arthroscopy and offer advanced options for arthroscopy around the shoulder.
- We emphasize tissue and joint preservation. We perform meniscal repair and transplantation, which delay joint replacements and keep patients active to an older age.
Your recovery doesn't begin or end with treatment. Your sports medicine doctor may prescribe physical therapy before surgery, after surgery, or as an integral part of your non-operative treatment plan.
We use the latest techniques in physical therapy to get patients back to their sport safely and quickly. That's where our physicians join forces with our expert in-house physical therapy team. They work closely with each other to assess your progress and make changes to your routine as necessary.
Multidisciplinary Approach to Sports Medicine
Our specialized team includes sports orthopaedic surgeons, pediatric orthopaedics, and physicians who are fellowship-trained in sports medicine. That means they have completed a nationally-recognized, highly-competitive program to become experts in sports medicine.
Those physicians enjoy a seamless line of communication with the in-house physical therapy team, working with their patients on sports injury treatment programs, sports injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Most Experienced Sports Medicine Specialists in the Region
Our sports medicine physicians regularly treat college athletes and professional dancers and perform the most complex procedures. When you choose our sports medicine specialists, you benefit from the region's most experienced team and advanced sports injury treatment options.
The following universities and sports teams choose Wake Forest Baptist for their sports medicine healthcare:
- Wake Forest University
- High Point Rockers
- Winston-Salem State University
- Winston-Salem Dash (Chicago White Sox)
- UNC School of the Arts
- Carolina Thunderbirds
- Winston Salem Open
- N.C. Fusion (formerly Twins and GUSA)
- Winston-Salem Cycling Classic
Certified Athletic Trainer Program
Wake Forest Baptist athletic trainers work with student athletes every day to keep them safe and healthy during games, practices, and beyond. Learn more about our Certified Athletic Trainer Program with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system, Alleghany County Schools, Wilkes County School system, Yadkin County Schools and Lexington Senior High School and some Guilford County Schools.