Sports Medicine Specialist Practicing in Lafayette, LA
A sports medicine specialist has significant training and experience in treating injured athletes of all levels. This type of physician is also an excellent resource for individuals who would like to become more active. As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Peter D. Vizzi, MD, provides comprehensive medical care, including both conservative and surgical treatment options, for sports-related injuries. Whenever possible, he emphasizes nonsurgical therapies.
What are some common sports-related injuries?
Some common injuries treated with sports medicine include:
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Ankle sprains
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
- Biceps tendon tears
- De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
- Hamstring injuries
- Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome
- Joint sprains and strains
- Knee injuries
- Ligament injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
- Quadriceps injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Triceps tendon tears
In addition to evaluating and treating sports injuries, Dr. Vizzi can also provide personalized guidance on nutrition, injury prevention, safe training and conditioning exercises, and return-to-play decisions.
When to see a sports medicine specialist
Both primary care physicians and sports medicine specialists can help you manage a mild to moderate sports-related injury with rest, ice applications, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). However, as a general rule of thumb, if a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is necessary, a specialist visit may be in order. A sports medicine specialist will generally have more focused expertise, which can be used to determine the most appropriate next steps based on the specifics of your diagnosis.
Dr. Vizzi is committed to providing exceptional orthopedic care to all athletes, whether they are Olympians, professionals, collegiate competitors, weekend warriors, children in youth sports leagues, or individuals who are just getting started. If you were recently injured or are concerned about a chronic injury, Dr. Vizzi can evaluate your condition and discuss a plan to get you back into the game quickly and safely. To learn more, contact Dr. Vizzi’s office in Lafayette, LA.