Specializing in Spine, Sports & Physical Medicine

Sports Injuries

Sports Related Injuries

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is a medical specialty that focuses on maximizing a person’s physical conditioning, functional capacity and quality of life. A basic principle of treating sports-related injuries is to assess the injured athlete in a holistic approach and work in a team with other professionals to achieve these goals. Physical Medicine physicians (Physiatrists) have extensive training in the diagnosis, management and prevention of many different types of musculoskeletal injuries. One thing that makes Dr. Jerry Sobel unique is that he has been an long distance¬†endurance cyclist and for over two decades. He therefore understands the physical demands that athletes place on themselves. He has treated athletes on many levels from the recreational to the professional. Prior to moving to Phoenix Arizona, Dr. Jerry Sobel was part of a large sports medicine practice in northern California and treated a wide range of sports related injuries from many different sports and recreational activities. The goal of treatment is to return the athlete to his or her pre-injury status. Dr. Sobel has expertise in treating a number of overuse injuries including:

  • Shoulder Pain
  • Tennis Elbow- Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Golfer’s Elbow- Medial Epicondylitis
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Stress Fractures

The causes of these conditions include poor body alignment, overuse without adequate recovery time and poor form. While the muscles of the body respond quickly to the stress of training and get stronger within a few weeks, the tendons and ligaments and bone become stronger at a much slower rate. Therefore, raising your weights too quickly in the gym, playing too many rounds of golf or doing too many intervals on the bike without a lot of conditioning can result in the tendons and ligaments becoming injured.

Dr. Sobel is very excited about a new form of treatment known as the Tenex Procedure and he has had a lot of success on athletes and non-athletes alike.

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