Diagnosing Sports Injuries & Risks
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.
Testing & Evaluation of Sports Injuries
Motion Analysis System
Our 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.
An 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.
The 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.
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.