SPORTS MEDICINE & TEAM SPORTS

Sports Injuries and Treatment

The specialty of Sports Medicine has its origins in the care of the injured competitive athlete.  Today, Sports Medicine is for everyone.  It has grown as a specialty to encompass the needs of all individuals with musculoskeletal injury or pain who desire to maintain or to pursue an active lifestyle.

The Sports Medicine Program at Orthopaedic Specialists of North Carolina espouses a multidisciplinary philosophy incorporating education & prevention, evaluation & diagnosis, and operative & non-operative treatment.  Return to sport/activity for athletes and active individuals alike is paramount.

The injuries and conditions treated are usually, but not always, the result of injury sustained in competitive sport.  Sometimes they are simply the result of the normal process of aging or of inactivity.  The focus of the Sports Medicine physician is on those injuries affecting the knee, shoulder, ankle and elbow, but can (and does) involve any other area of the musculoskeletal system.

Orthopaedic Specialists of North Carolina serves as the Team Physician for all local schools (high school and college) in the communities where we live and practice.  We also proudly serve as the Assistant Team Physician for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball and Team Physician and Orthopaedic Consultant to the Carolina Mudcats, AA minor league affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

Orthopaedic Specialists of North Carolina is committed to providing the highest level of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal care to the student athletes of our area.  As evidence of and to facilitate these efforts, we employ a sports medicine liaison, Jen Hall ATC/LAT, who serves as the point of contact for all our schools, and their coaches, trainers, athletes and their families.  The Sports Medicine Team strives to serve and to be ever “Available” to you should the need arise.

Make an Appointment

We are available to coaches, trainers, and athletes 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for any orthopaedic conditions/injuries sustained during the course of organized sports participation.  Our offices are open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.  Call (919) 562-9410 to schedule an appointment at any of our 6 convenient locations.  Or contact our sports medicine liaison, Jen Hall, ATC/LAT to schedule an athlete’s appointment and we will make every effort to schedule your athlete the same day.

We also provide a Weekend Walk-in Clinic every Saturday morning from 8:30am-11:00 am in our Wake Forest location throughout the year (major holidays and holiday weekends excepted).  No appointment is necessary and all competitive athletes injured in organized athletics (High School, College, Semi-Pro, Professional) are welcome.

For after-hours injuries not deemed by training staff or coaches as emergent, call our office (919) 562-9410.  The answering service will connect you to the provider on call, who can answer your questions and/or facilitate an appointment the next day.  For all emergencies or serious injuries, please go directly to the nearest emergency department.  If in doubt regarding the severity of the injury, go immediately to the nearest emergency department.

We find that it is often best to speak with your Team Doctor, Athletic Trainer, Coaching Staff, or our Sports Medicine Liaison to establish the procedure that works best for you when scheduling an appointment.  When the athlete arrives for an appointment, we ask that a parent or guardian accompanies him/her or provides a written note of Consent to Treat.

Insurance Coverage

Most insurers do not require a official referral from your primary care physician for injuries sustained in athletic competition.  In those cases in which referral is required, please encourage the athlete to be referred to Orthopaedic Specialists of North Carolina when orthopaedic care is needed.  We may be able to help you with this process.

In addition to your primary insurance, you also have a “Secondary” or School sponsored insurance plan (this is mandatory for all high-school and College athletes and required by your Athletic Association).  This secondary insurance plan will help to cover any additional expenses not covered by your primary insurance plan.  To assist you and for your convenience, we will file both primary and secondary insurance claims. In order for your claim to be covered by Student Insurance, a claim form must be sent to United Healthcare within 90 days of the date you first received medical care.

If you have not been given a form by your athletic trainer we can provide you with one. When we have a completed form we will file your claim with the insurance company”.

Medical Information Release

After referring an athlete to Orthopaedic Specialists of North Carolina,  a coach, trainer or school/team representative may require or request information regarding the visit.  Often this information is essential to the team for practice and game preparation and planning and more importantly is essential to keeping the athlete safe and allowing appropriate re-entry to sport.  Frequently the doctor will call the Coach, Trainer or school/team representative to discuss the findings.  Any medical information given to a coach, trainer or school/team representative in spoken or written form is confidential.  If further information is needed please call or email Jen Hall ATC/LAT. 

Important Contacts

Jen Hall ATC/LAT

919 562-9410 ext 2006

jenhall@orthonc.com

APPOINTMENTS

(919) 562 9410 or click here to make an appointment online!

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