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Sports Medicine Specialist

Darren Wirtz, D.O. -  - Internist

Adult Medicine Specialists of Las Vegas

Darren Wirtz, D.O.

Internist & Aesthetics located in Las Vegas, NV

Dr. Darren Wirtz and the staff of Adult Medicine Specialists of Las Vegas, specialize in all aspects of sports medicine, including the treatment of many types of athletic injuries. The doctor serves the residents of Las Vegas, Nevada and many of the nearby communities.

Sports Medicine Q & A

How does Sports Medicine Differ from Regular Medicine?

While sports medicine is similar to that of conventional medicine, the subtle differences involve how the body reacts during an injury and what type of exercises and therapies are best suited for getting an athlete back into the shape they need to be competitive in their chosen sport. Sports injuries can cause damage to joints and soft tissues that may need special care to ensure they don't happen again. Many athletic injuries involve the joints and can often require physical therapy during the healing process to ensure the area heals properly and is strong enough for the athlete to return to the playing field. Osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) is particularly effective in treating sports related injuries.

What is the Difference Between a Strain and a Sprain?

Although similar in nature, sprains and strains affect different parts of the body. A sprain involves the ligaments of a joint, while a strain involves the muscles and tendons. Both types of injuries result in the tearing or stretching of the tendons, muscles, or ligaments. The most common area for this type of injury is the ankle, although it can occur in any joint of the body. A sprain normally takes a little longer to heal due to its fibrous tissue. Muscles and tendons still require lengthy healing times but will heal somewhat faster due to the fact that they often receive more oxygenated blood than other types of connective tissues. Laser therapy is particularly effective in treating this type of injury - joint injections are also a possible choice of treatment.

Is Physical Therapy Important During the Recovery of a Sports Injury?

Physical therapy is an essential part of the recovery of any type of athletic or sport-related injury. When an injury occurs, the area normally must remain immobile until it has healed sufficiently enough for movement. Physical therapy involves the use of exercises that strengthen the injured area without putting undue strain on the actual injury. This allows the athlete to remain active while still protecting the injured area. Physical therapy allows them to maintain a certain level of strength during the first few weeks after the injury so that when it is time to start rebuilding their strength and endurance, they can move forward quickly without fear of reinjuring the area.

Adult Medicine Specialists of Las Vegas accepts these insurances. If you are unsure or have any insurance and billing questions, please contact the office directly.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna PPO
Multiplan PHCS
Silver Summit
Tricare For Life
Tricare West
United Health Care PPO