Sports Medicine Surgeries

Our sports medicine trained orthopaedic surgeons treat sports related injuries for persons of any age and range from the professionally trained athlete to those who simply enjoy athletic activities at leisure. They are the providers for many high school and college sports teams throughout New Hampshire.

Drs. Douglas Moran and Patrick Casey are the team physicians for the NH Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Double A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.


What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is concerned with the prevention and treatment of injuries and illnesses sustained during athletic or "active type" activities. The types of injuries that sports medicine physicians encounter can be divided into two groups.

Major injuries are those sustained in an instant, such as a fractured leg or dislocated shoulder. They require orthopaedic care, such as setting a fracture or repairing a torn ligament.

The second group is generally referred to as "overuse" injuries; conditions caused by repeated and excessive stress. Tendonitis and stress fractures fall into this category. Ideally, the athlete can continue with the athletic activity while under treatment, or at least return to the activity as quickly as possible. To aid in recovery and prevent recurrence of injuries, physical therapy is invaluable in stretching and strengthening muscles and other soft tissue surrounding bones and joints.


What does a sports medicine physician do?

Sports medicine physicians assess and treat musculosketal injuries using arthroscopy techniques. During arthroscopy, the physician looks into the joint with a tiny telescope through an incision no larger than a buttonhole. The telescope, which is smaller than the diameter of a pencil, sends back visual images displayed on a television screen through a miniature video camera.

A variety of joints can be operated on using arthroscopy: knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, ankle, hip. Little pain results from this kind of surgery, allowing most operations to be performed on an outpatient basis at our Orthopaedic Surgery Center. Cartilage and ligament tears in the knee, bursitis, shoulder dislocations, and rotator cuff injuries are all treatable using this technique. Even complex knee ligament reconstructions are routinely done using arthroscopy.

Sports Medicine Injuries & Conditions

Patients who experience both acute and long-term persistant medical conditions related to muscolskelatal use or overuse seek treatment for some of the following conditions from Concord Orthopaedics.

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear (ACL)
  • Biceps Tendon Rupture
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Golf Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • UCL injury (Medial Ulnar Collateral Ligament)
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament Tear (PCL)
  • Quadriceps Tendon Rupture
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries/Tears
  • SLAP Tear
  • Tibial Fractures

Sports Medicine Treatments And Procedures

Sports Medicine evolved from the care of athletes and their particular injuries, but most “sports medicine” conditions occur in people who do not participate in organized athletics. The goal of a sports medicine physician is to get you back to your baseline level of function as quickly and safely as possible through minimally invasive needs. Some of the treatment procedures used by our sports medicine providers include:

  • ACL Reconstruction/Revision
  • Bicep Repair
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Labral SLAP repair
  • Meniscal Repair
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Tommy John (UCL) reconstruction