Central Virginia's experts in sports medicine

If a sports or exercise injury has you sidelined, get moving again with Chippenham Hospital’s premier sports medicine team. Whether you’re an athlete or a coach, we keep you and your team active and operating at peak performance.

Learn more about our sports medicine services by calling (804) 320-3627.

We offer advanced technology, expert advice, injury prevention and assessment, health and fitness training and treatment and rehabilitation for individuals and teams of all ages and levels.

Our expert, multidisciplinary team includes sports medicine specialists, orthopedic surgeons and licensed physical therapists with experience in rehabilitating sports- and exercise-related injuries. We’re all working for you.

Sports-related injuries and conditions we treat

Chippenham Hospital has decades of experience getting patients back to doing things they love after a devastating sports-related injury. Common sports-related pain and injuries include:

  • Ankle/foot pain and injuryAnkle sprains, high ankle sprains, Achilles tendon injuries, stress fractures, ligament inflammation (plantar fasciitis)
  • Back pain and injuryMuscle strain, ligament sprain, disc disorders, fractures
  • Concussions—Traumatic impact to the head causing dizziness, drowsiness, blurry vision and other symptoms
  • Elbow pain and injury—Ligament tears, as in tennis or golf elbow, bursitis and dislocation
  • Hip pain and injury—Hip pointer or contusion, hip flexor strain, labral tears of cartilage or quadriceps strains, dislocations and bursitis
  • Knee pain and injury—Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tears, meniscus tears, jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis) and patellofemoral syndrome
  • Shoulder pain and injury—Labral tears of cartilage, dislocations, rotator cuff tears, biceps injuries, nerve impingement and fractures
  • Wrist/hand pain and injuryLigament tears, tendinitis, nerve injuries and stress fractures

Sports injury services in Richmond, Virginia

We offer nonsurgical, surgical and rehabilitative therapies to get you back in the game and reduce the risk for re-injury. If you need surgery, our expert orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons are standing by, ready to assist.

Our nonsurgical, sports-related injury treatments and services include:

  • Sports-specific physical therapy and rehabilitationAs a first line of treatment or after surgery to restore strength, movement and endurance; helps you manage pain and prevent further damage or re-injury with customized programs
  • Special injury care for baseball and softball players—Specialized care for athletes with injuries or recovering from surgery due to problems caused by throwing; programs include sports-specific exercises, return to sport drills, interval hitting and interval throwing
  • Pain management therapies—Including injections, selective nerve root blocks, and nerve stimulation techniques
  • Concussion management—Check for symptoms of a concussion and offer baseline screening, neurological evaluation and clearance to return to activity safely
  • Sports physicals—Medical evaluations to ensure your student athlete is healthy and ready for safe play

Sports injury surgery

The orthopedic surgeons at Chippenham Hospital perform minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, which involves small incisions and inserting a lighted tube into the joint. This allows surgeons to diagnose your condition and perform a variety of procedures on ligaments, bones, cartilage and tendons.

Common sports-related surgeries we offer:

  • Cartilage reconstruction—Repair or replace cartilage loss or damage in the knees using innovative techniques
  • Elbow tendon repair—Reattach the distal biceps tendon to the lower arm bone
  • Knee ligament repair and reconstruction—Including the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL) and the lateral collateral ligament (LCL)
  • Joint replacement—Replace joint surfaces with artificial implants, such as shoulder, knee and hip
  • Meniscus surgery—Trim or remove torn cartilage in the knee
  • Rotator cuff shoulder repair—Reattach the tendon to the upper arm bone in a complete tear. In a partial tear, the surgeon trims and smooths the tendon and bone
  • Tommy John surgery—Replace an injured ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow with a tendon taken from another part of the body

Sports performance services

Sports medicine involves more than just treating injuries. It’s also about improving your performance doing the sport you love. We provide one-on-one evaluation and advanced technologies, including video gait analysis and bio-mechanics to assess how your muscles, tendons and ligaments work together while you move.

Using the results, we develop specialized programs to help athletes of all ages and skill levels reduce the risk for injury and gain peak performance. Programs are designed for:

  • Dancers—Our team offers extensive screening for hyper-mobility, posture, flexibility, lower extremity and core strength and dance techniques. We create personalized training aimed at improving technique, conditioning and quality of movement.
  • Baseball/softball players—In addition to pre-season screening for injuries, we offer video-aided pitching/throwing analysis and computerized assessment of total body pitching mechanics, from wind-up to follow-through. Our team provides evidence-based recommendations to improve performance and reduce injury.
  • Runners—Our experts use video gait analysis, which includes assessing your running action on a treadmill and bio-mechanics to create customized plans to help you reduce the risk of injury.
  • Cyclists—We offer cyclist consultations that address posture, alignment and the bio-mechanics of your movement to help you reduce the risk of injury and improve your experience.
  • Golfers—In addition to swing analysis, our team outlines specific ways to perfect your swing and prevent injury caused by improper technique.
  • Women’s athletes—Our team has expertise in helping women athletes with special needs related to pregnancy, postpartum issues and what’s known as the Female Triad—a syndrome involving menstrual changes, energy imbalance and bone health. We help you reduce risk for injury and improve strength for better performance.
  • Athletes over 50 years old and older—We offer training for athletes over 50 years old and older who play a sport or just like to stay active. Programs are customized to your needs and may include guidance on lowering risk for injury, improving nutrition and hydration and staying healthy while taking into account medical conditions you may have.

Special programs for athletic teams and coaches

Chippenham Hospital’s sports medicine group offers customized team-based programs for all ages and sports, including high-school, college, recreational and professional-level athletic teams. If you’re a coach or athletic director, we can keep your team healthy and strong. Contact us for:

  • Team sports physicals
  • Pre-season injury prevention clinics
  • Free seasonal Saturday morning football injury assessments
  • Certified athletic training, including onsite practices, game staffing and physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Team sports performance enhancement programs
  • Concussion management and medical release