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Sports Medicine in the Triangle Area

Official Sports Medicine Providers for North Carolina Sports

Raleigh Orthopaedic is the official orthopedic provider for the Carolina Hurricanes and the Carolina Ballet. We are proud to also be the trusted orthopedic providers to NC State University, Shaw University, and many local high schools.

Sports Medicine Specialists in Wake County

Raleigh Orthopaedic provides advanced sports medicine care to professional athletes, student athletes, weekend warriors, and anyone who maintains an active lifestyle. From diagnosis through recovery, our Sports Medicine specialists, Dr. Barker, Dr. BoesDr. Cadet, Dr. Callaway, Dr. Dare, Dr. Isbell, Dr. Evan James, and Dr. Wyker can quickly diagnose and treat injuries to keep you moving to continue to do the activities you love.. Schedule an appointment today and one of our sports medicine specialists will diagnose your sports injury and provide treatment options to relieve your pain.

Sports Injury Treatment

A full range of treatment for musculoskeletal injuries is available at each Raleigh Orthopaedic location. Depending on the nature and severity of your injury, our team of board-certified, board-eligible, and fellowship trained orthopedists will recommend treatment plans that ensure positive outcomes for both your everyday life and any sports you play.

Types of Sports Injuries

  • Sprains – are caused by the overstretching or tearing of the ligaments. These crucial pieces of tissue keep your bones aligned and connected in joints.
  • Swelling – is a common symptom that occurs in reaction to an injury. Swollen muscles will be painful and weak if used.
  • Fractures – bone fractures are any disruption in the continuity and the integrity of the bone. This ranges from hairline breaks to shattered bones. A broken bone and a bone fracture are the same thing.
  • Ruptures – these are commonly associated with major tendons, such as your Achilles Tendon. A rupture is a partial or often complete tear of the tendon.
  • Dislocations – a dislocation is when the bone is forced out of its socket. These can occur all over the body, such as the ankle, finger, hip, knee, or shoulder.

See more about the most common sports injuries and how to avoid them.

On-site Medical Care for Sporting Events in Raleigh

At Raleigh Orthopaedic, we understand the importance of athletes receiving immediate care, which is why we are proud to provide Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainers on the sidelines at athletic practices and games.

Our Athletic Trainers are licensed healthcare professionals educated and experienced in the prevention, recognition, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Whether our AT’s are part of your school community or are there for one-day coverage, our goal will always be to provide excellent care and ensure that the well-being of the athlete is at the forefront.

We encourage you to take time to learn more about therapy services at Raleigh Orthopaedic. To inquire about Raleigh Orthopaedic providing coverage for a club or team sport, contact Ashley Yartin by email at ayartin@raleighortho.com. Please allow ample time for scheduling prior to the event.

Sports Medicine Services Available:

Sports Medicine Services Include:

Raleigh Orthopaedic’s team of sports medicine specialists and therapists share the goal of providing you with top quality treatment with the best long-term outcomes, both playing sports and off the field. Typically, we aim for minimally invasive treatments. Examples of some targeted treatments we’ve provided our athletes and patients include:

Sports Medicine Clinics in Wake County

Raleigh Orthopaedic provides high quality sports medicine services at six separate clinics in the Triangle Community. Our clinics can provide sports injury treatment in Cary, Raleigh, Wakefield, Garner, Holly Springs, and West Cary-Panther Creek. We also have two performance centers in Raleigh and Cary-Morrisville.

Additional Information regarding Sports Medicine

To ensure that you minimize injury risks to the greatest degree, we recommend that you work with our trainers and therapy teams to help you stay on the field. Please keep in mind the following, however, whenever you play sports or engage in fitness activities.

  • Always warm up and stretch at the beginning and end of any game or workout
  • Always use proper technique when exercising
  • Wear proper fitting equipment that is in good working condition
  • Don’t rush back from injury or “work through the pain” without consulting your doctor first

If you are experiencing a sports medicine emergency, please go to UNC Rex Hospital. Raleigh Orthopaedic specialists are on call for orthopaedic trauma at all hours of the day.

If you experience a sports injury, utilizing the RICE method is the recommended at-home treatment in the first couple of days after the injury occurs.

RICE stands for:
Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation

Over-the-counter medications such as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) can help reduce pain symptoms and inflammation. However, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, we strongly recommend you make an appointment to consult with an orthopedic specialist:

  • Severe swelling and pain
  • Visible bumps or deformities
  • Popping or crunching of the joint
  • Inability to put weight on the injured area
  • Lack of stability

Please note that after approximately 48 hours of using the RICE method, further rest and cold therapy may actually delay the healing process. Consider using heat to help relax any tight muscles at this point.

Please come to your first appointment 30 minutes early with your photo ID, insurance card, and if applicable, any images or scans related to your visit. If your insurance plan has a copay, that will be collected at time of check-in. At your first appointment with Raleigh Orthopaedic, you will be expected to complete new patient forms, including a medical history questionnaire. You can update your demographics and fill out your new patient forms prior to your appointment through our Patient Portal. These forms will be used to get a baseline overview of pre-existing conditions and a better initial understanding of where and how you’re experiencing pain or discomfort. Conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, anemia, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes may all impact both diagnosis and treatment plan options.

  • Aetna / Coventry
  • Alignment HC
  • Blue Cross
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Humana Military/ Tricare East
  • MedCost
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan / PHCS
  • Prime Health
  • United Healthcare


Explore other Services Available at Raleigh Orthopaedic

Raleigh Orthopaedic also provides the following orthopedic services and specialties to the Triangle Community.

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