Sports Medicine Care in Wake County

Sports Medicine Injuries
Did You Know?

More than half of injuries that occur during organized sports happen during practice.

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Official Orthopedic Providers for NC 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 Athletics, and many other local universities and 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. Boes, Dr. Cadet, Dr. Callaway, Dr. Dare, Dr. Isbell, Dr. James, and Dr. Wyker can quickly diagnose and treat sports injuries of all kinds to keep you moving. We want to help you continue to enjoy the activities you love! Schedule an appointment at Raleigh Orthopaedic today and one of our sports medicine specialists will diagnose your orthopedic injury and provide treatment options to help you get back to the activities you love.

Common Sports Medicine Injuries Treated at Raleigh Orthopaedic

Our specialists at Raleigh Orthopaedic have experience in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic issues affecting all areas of the body, including injuries of all kinds. By taking time with and getting to know our patients, we are able to design treatment plans based off the lifestyle and goals of each individual patient. Our physicians also work closely with the physical therapists, athletic trainers, and strength & conditioning specialists on staff at Raleigh Orthopaedic to support patient success. Common sports injuries we treat in Wake County include:

Sports Medicine Treatment in Wake County

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 Medicine Injuries

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  • 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 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.

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

On-Site Medical Care for Sporting Events in Raleigh

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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 the time to learn more about therapy services at Raleigh Orthopaedic. To inquire about Raleigh Orthopaedic providing coverage for a club or team sport, contact our team by email at Please allow ample time for scheduling prior to the event.

Sports Medicine Services Available at Raleigh Ortho

Raleigh Orthopaedic’s team of sports medicine specialists and therapists share the goal of providing you with top-quality treatment for the best long-term outcomes, helping you thrive on and off the field. Typically, we aim for minimally invasive treatments whenever possible. 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 clinics throughout the Triangle Community. Our clinics provide sports injury treatment in Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Wakefield, and West Cary-Panther Creek. We also have two performance centers in Raleigh and Cary-Morrisville.

Cary Orthopedic Doctor’s Office Cary Office
Orthopedic Clinic : (919) 781-5600
Physical Therapy: (919) 863-5924
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Garner Orthopedic Doctor’s Office Raleigh Orthopaedic Garner office
Orthopedic Clinic : (919) 781-5600
Physical Therapy: (919) 863-6991
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Holly Springs Orthopedic Doctor’s Office Holly Springs Office
Orthopedic Clinic : (919) 781-5600
Physical Therapy: (919) 645-1411
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Raleigh Orthopedic Doctor’s Office Raleigh Orthopaedic Edward Mills office
Orthopedic Clinic : (919) 781-5600
Physical Therapy: (919) 781-4060
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Wakefield Orthopedic Doctor’s Office Raleigh Orthopaedic Wakefield
Orthopedic Clinic : (919) 781-5600
Physical Therapy: (919) 453-5638
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West Cary-Panther Creek Orthopedic Doctor’s Office Panther Creek
Orthopedic Clinic : (919) 781-5600
Physical Therapy: (919) 863-6975
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Additional Information Regarding Sports Medicine

Sports Injury Prevention See Full Details

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
At-Home Treatment Ahead of Your Sports Medicine Appointment See Full Details

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 and inflammation. However, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, we strongly recommend you make an appointment 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.

Insurance and Payments See Full Details
  • Aetna / Coventry
  • Alignment HC
  • Blue Cross
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Humana Military/ Tricare East
  • MedCost
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan / PHCS
  • Prime Health
  • United Healthcare
What to Do in Case of a Sports Medicine Emergency See Full Details

If you are in need of urgent orthopedic care, please visit one of our four orthopedic Urgent Care clinics at Garner, Holly Springs, Raleigh or Wakefield. For emergency medical care, please visit UNC Rex Hospital, where Raleigh Orthopaedic specialists are on call for orthopedic trauma at all hours of the day.

What to Bring to Your First Visit See Full Details

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 the 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.

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  • English

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