Sports Medicine Center
Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment
As one of the leading Sports Medicine Centers in the Midwest, we use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and physician-driven, evidence-based treatments to help keep athletes of all levels at their best.
Motion Analysis SystemOur digital motion analysis system uses multiple cameras and sensors to accurately measure how an athlete moves – from a golf swing, to a baseball pitch, soccer kick or a dance move – to help improve performance and reduce the risk of injury.
DEXA Scanning (Bone Density Scanning)All women, but particularly female athletes, are at risk for developing osteoporosis or bone loss. DEXA, which stands for "dual energy X-ray absorptiometry," is the most commonly used test for measuring bone mineral density, as wells as one of the most accurate ways to diagnosis osteopenia or osteoporosis.
DEXA scans are more accurate than standard X-rays, as a person would need to lose 20-30 percent of their bone density before it would show up on an X-ray. DEXA requires less radiation exposure than CAT scans or radiographic absorptiometry. In fact, you are exposed to more radiation on a coast-to-coast airline flight than you are during a DEXA scan.
Electrodiagnostic EvaluationAn electrodiagnostic evaluation can help diagnose pain, numbness or weakness involving the peripheral nervous system and muscles. Consisting of non- or minimally-invasive procedures, the evaluation delivers small electrical impulses to affected body regions. Test results provide information about the ability of muscles to respond to stimulation and the rate at which an electrical impulse moves through nerves, aiding the development of treatment options.
The first part of the evaluation is called the nerve conduction study, which examines how information is sent that allows you do things such as walk or reach and hold objects. The speed and number of nerve fibers are evaluated. The second part of the evaluation is called the electromyography or ‘EMG.’ An EMG analyzes the health of the muscles and the nerves that control the muscles both at rest and during muscle contraction.
X-Ray RadiologyThe Froedtert and Medical College Sports Medicine Center utilizes on-site digital X-ray technology. Advanced technology allows X-ray images to be viewed and stored digitally with the use of specialized computer software.
Board-certified Medical College of Wisconsin physicians in the Orthopaedic and Radiology Department are highly specialized in interpreting the X-ray images. The digital format allows for quick interpretation, results, and explanation from a computer viewing station located right in the physician’s exam room.
AlterG Anti-Gravity TreadmillDeveloped from NASA’s user experience in weightlessness, the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill uses a lifting effect to ease the impact of any weight-bearing exercise.
Cartilage Restoration and Meniscus TransplantProlonging the life of a joint can make a dramatic difference in the performance of younger athletes. Our Cartilage Restoration and Meniscus Transplant program offers options for preserving joint function.
Rotator Cuff RepairRotator cuff injuries are common, especially among throwing athletes. But non-athletes suffer rotator cuff injuries as well. We have comprehensive treatments for a torn or damaged rotator cuff, regardless of the cause.
VO2 Max/Anaerobic (Lactate) Threshold Testing VO2 max refers to the maximum amount of oxygen a person can use during intense training. Anaerobic threshold testing, also called lactate threshold testing, measures the point during exercise that lactate builds up in the blood faster than the body can remove it. Athletes can increase their lactate threshold through proper training.
Isokinetic Testing Highly sophisticated, the Biodex Isokinetic System provides an array of data regarding muscle strength, range of motion and muscle power. It is often used as a rehabilitation tool for patients participating in a physical therapy program or recovering from injury. Before and after measurements are especially helpful in determining when an athlete is ready to return to activity.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections Platelet-rich plasma injections use new technology and regenerative biologics to stimulate tendon healing and reduce pain. The process involves drawing a patient’s own blood, and spinning it to isolate and remove the growth factor. The growth factor can then be reinjected, under ultrasound guidance, to treat painful conditions such as Achilles tendonitis, chronic hamstring tendonitis, tennis elbow and others.
Ultrasound-Guided InjectionsOur physicians are using ultrasound to guide pain-relieving hip and shoulder injections instead of fluoroscopy guidance. Using ultrasound eliminates the risk of radiation and gives real–time feedback.
Last Review Date: March 15, 2013
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