treating all bone, joint, muscle injuries & disorders
From knee injury to shoulder dislocation, problems with the Achilles tendon, and more. Our orthopedic specialists take time to thoroughly evaluate your problem, order appropriate diagnostic tests, and develop a treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals.
We focus on the least invasive solutions first, including arthroscopic surgery. At AZ Sports Medicine, you receive comprehensive treatment and personal attention for any orthopedic issue you may have.
Active people like you can experience any number of problems in the head, neck, and shoulder areas due to injury or overuse. The specialists at AZ Sports Medicine are experienced with and equipped to treat:
- Ligament Reconstruction – This surgery repairs and tightens severely injured ankle ligaments, which often arise from forcefully twisting the ankle.
- Tendon Tears (Including the Achilles Tendon) – Tendons are tissues that connect muscles to bones. Most torn tendons result from strenuous exercise or overstretching the tendon. A torn ankle tendon can decrease mobility and cause intense pain. In many cases, we can take a non-invasive treatment approach.
- Arthroscopy for Loose Bodies, Spurs, and Cartilage Injuries – A tube-like instrument called an arthroscope helps us see and treat these conditions. Making small incisions less than half an inch wide, our surgeons insert a camera into one incision and small instruments through the others to smooth irritated areas, perform cartilage microfracture, and remove loose bodies or fragments. This procedure is minimally invasive.
Your hip is one of your body’s largest weight-bearing joints. Playing sports, running, overuse, or falling can sometimes lead to hip injuries. Certain diseases, such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, also cause hip issues. If your hip hurts, get relief with:
- Labral Cartilage Tears and Impingement – An instrument called an arthroscope helps us see and treat these conditions. Making small incisions, our surgeons insert a camera and small instruments through the incisions to cut away damaged labral cartilage or smooth out irritated and impinging areas. Arthroscopy is minimally invasive.
- Hamstring Tendon Tear/Avulsion from Pelvis – Hamstring tendons are located in the back of the thigh and work with the hamstring muscle to pull your leg backward and propel your body forward while walking or running. Injuries occur when the muscles and tendons are stretched too far. Most injuries can be treated without surgery. However, if the tendon tears away from the pelvis (an avulsion), reattaching the torn hamstring tendon to the pelvis requires surgery.
Fractures, breaks, or cracks all mean the same thing: a bone has become damaged, and the bone structure suffers. Fractures can result from direct hits, twisting injuries, or falls.
- The type of fracture depends on where in the bone the break has occurred, how the bone fragments are aligned, whether any complications exist, and whether the skin is intact. Our AZ Sports Medicine orthopedic experts are skilled and experienced with fractures of the: Ankle, Clavicle, Shoulder, and Wrist as well as the foot, hand and elbow.
Elbow joints are especially susceptible to overuse injuries, and problems can lead to severe pain and decreased range of motion. Don’t suffer any longer. Turn to AZ Sports Medicine experts for help with:
- Bicep and Tricep Tendon Tear/Repair – The biceps and triceps arm tendons connect the biceps and triceps muscles to the scapula (shoulder blades) and elbows. Injury can tear these tendons. With surgery, we can repair or replace the tendon and/or reattach the tendon to the bone.
- Loose Bodies, Spurs, and Cartilage Injuries – A tube-like instrument called an arthroscope helps us see and treat these conditions. Making small incisions less than half an inch wide, our surgeons insert a camera into one incision and small instruments through the others to smooth out irritated areas. This procedure is minimally invasive.
Knees are some of the most easily injured joints. Knee issues can result from injury, aging, wear and tear, and arthritis, which can happen to anyone at any age. Our experts are skilled and experienced with:
- Meniscus Tears – Among the most common knee injuries. Athletes are most at risk, but anyone at any age can tear a meniscus. Treatment depends on the tear type, size, and location.
- Cartilage Restoration – Cartilage problems are the most common source of knee pain and swelling. We provide multiple treatment options and can identify the best one for you.
- Loose Body Removal and Cartilage Injuries – A tube-like instrument called an arthroscope helps us see and treat these conditions. Making small incisions less than half an inch wide, our surgeons insert a camera into one incision and small instruments through the others to smooth out the irritated area.
- Complex Ligament Reconstruction – Ligaments are bands of tough yet flexible tissues connecting bones or cartilage to support the knee joint. If these ligaments are damaged, the knee can become unstable and unable to twist and turn your legs. It may be necessary to reconstruct the ligaments if medical treatments don’t heal them.
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury – To address the tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in your knee, an ACL injury treatment may include surgery to replace the torn ligament, along with an intense rehabilitation program.
A sore or painful shoulder makes it difficult to do much, let alone enjoy an active life. Don’t struggle with ongoing discomfort. We have answers that can put an end to your aches and pains, helping with:
- Arthroscopy for Arthritis – A tube-like instrument called an arthroscope helps us see and treat arthritis. Making small incisions less than half an inch wide, our surgeons insert a camera into one incision and small instruments through the others to smooth out the irritated area.
- Labral Tears – Labral tears involve the labrum,
which is a ring of cartilage on the rim of the shoulder’s socket. Signs and symptoms may include joint pain or a catching sensation. Individual treatment options will depend on the kind of tear.
- Shoulder Stabilization – The labrum, ligaments, rotator cuff, and biceps tendon stabilize a healthy shoulder. When any of these suffer an injury or condition, the shoulder can become unstable or dislocated. Treatment depends on the type and severity of injury or condition.
- Rotator Cuff Repairs – The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons surrounding and stabilizing the shoulder joint. Pain (often felt over the top of the shoulder) and weakness are the most common symptoms of a problem. Many rotator cuff tears can be treated without surgery, but some require surgical repair to improve pain and strength.
- Pectoralis Tendon Tears/Repair – The pectoralis (pec) is the large muscle in front of the chest. It has two parts: the pectoralis major and the pectoralis minor. The pectoralis major pushes your arms in front of your body. The pectoralis major muscle, or most commonly its tendon attached to the arm bone (humerus), can tear or rupture. A complete tear requires surgery.