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Sports Medicine Specialist

Wissam M. Shaya, MD -  - Board Certified Family Medicine

Smart Choice Medical

Wissam M. Shaya, MD

Board Certified Family Medicine & Laser Specialist located in Jacksonville, FL

Playing sports or staying physically active is a great way to keep yourself fit and energized, no matter your age. Unfortunately, the very activities that keep you in prime condition can also increase your risk of injury. At Smart Choice Medical in Jacksonville, Florida, board-certified family physician, and sports medicine specialist Wissam Shaya, MD, offers comprehensive sports injury rehabilitation to patients of all ages. The practice also volunteers as the dedicated medical staff for the athletic department at a local middle school to take full advantage of their sports medicine expertise. To learn more, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine takes a multidisciplinary, whole-person approach to injury rehabilitation that aims to foster complete healing and optimal recovery while reducing your risk of injury recurrence. 

Sports medicine incorporates a variety of different treatment approaches, ranging from exercise physiology and physical therapy to biomechanics and lifestyle considerations, to help athletes and other active individuals recover from musculoskeletal trauma as safely, efficiently, and effectively as possible. 

As a seasoned sports medicine expert, Dr. Shaya can help athletes of all ages and abilities restore a level of functionality and mobility that allows them to return to their favorite sport and continue to excel.

What are common sports injuries? 

Some of the most common sports-related injuries that Dr. Shaya sees in his office are: 

Overuse injuries

Although there are many kinds of repetitive-stress injuries, tendinitis is arguably the most common sports-related overuse injury. Whether it comes in the form of tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, or something else, tendinitis occurs when tendons and muscles become inflamed following repeated and excessive use. 

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, a painful foot problem caused by inflammation in the connective tissue of your arch, may be the result of alignment issues that place uneven stress on your feet.

Persistent joint pain

Runners, soccer players, and other athletes who prefer high-impact activities and sports have a higher risk of developing chronic joint pain.

Muscle or ligament tears

Athletes who play basketball, football, and other sports that require quick changes of direction are more susceptible to painful tears in muscles or ligaments. 

How does physical therapy promote healing?

Movement is vital to sports injury recovery because it helps to reduce injury-related inflammation. Persistent, uncontrolled inflammation can inhibit muscular firing patterns and eventually create imbalances and instability around the injury itself. 

Movement eases inflammation and helps you preserve normal muscular firing patterns and range of motion. This makes it easier to restore optimal joint stability and muscular strength as your recovery unfolds.

Physical therapy isn’t meant to be overly complicated or time-consuming. For the majority of Dr. Shaya’s patients, the key to success is performing simple, targeted exercises and stretches that help improve strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and mobility, followed by functional or sport-specific exercises designed to get you back in the game and prevent further injury.

To find out how sports medicine can help you, call Smart Choice Medical or use the easy online tool to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shaya today.