Sports Injuries

John S. Michels, MD -  - Interventional Pain Management

John S. Michels, MD

Interventional Pain Management located in Dallas, TX

Whether you’re a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or you play on a school team, injuries will arise in the pursuit of your activities. Sports injuries demand specialized care from John S. Michels, MD, of Interventional Spine & Pain in Dallas. As a former Super Bowl champion with the Green Bay Packers who suffered a career-ending injury, Dr. Michels has unsurpassed insight into sports injuries and the medical expertise to get you back in action. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are the most common sports injuries?

While anyone can suffer a sports injury at any level of activity, even during a walk with friends, your risk increases when you engage in contact sports or activities that require repetitive movement.

Dr. Michels specializes in using regenerative and interventional pain medicine to treat common sports injuries such as:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear and other knee injuries
  • Meniscus tear
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Achilles tendon injury
  • Tennis and pitcher’s elbow
  • Muscle strains
  • Nerve damage

You can receive treatment for lower back, neck, knee, and shoulder pain caused by any sports injury.

How do regenerative therapies treat sports injuries?

Sports injuries often benefit from regenerative treatments that accelerate healing like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections and stem cell therapies.

PRP injections

Dr. Michels injects a concentrated dose of platelets at the site of your injury. Platelets are packed with proteins called growth factors. When growth factors reach the injured tissues, they trigger the production of new tissues, recruit stem cells to the area, and prevent degeneration of healthy tissues.

Stem cell therapy

Throughout your lifetime, adult stem cells continuously self-replicate, creating cells that develop into the new tissues needed to replace damaged tissues. Adult stem cells are especially beneficial for sports injuries because they:

  • Regenerate new cartilage, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bone
  • Trigger the production of new blood vessels
  • Secrete proteins that promote tissue growth
  • Accelerate healing

Dr. Michels may inject PRP and stem cells alone or together for optimal results.

How do interventional therapies relieve my pain?

The first line of treatment for sports injuries is always the most conservative option, whether that means temporary immobilization, physical therapy, ultrasound therapy, or other medical options. If the first line of treatment doesn’t help your pain, it’s time to consider interventional therapies.

When you’re injured, sensory nerves carry pain signals to your brain. You don’t feel the pain associated with your injury until your brain receives the message. Interventional therapies target the nerves responsible for sending pain signals to your brain.

Dr. Michels has extensive experience performing many types of interventional treatments that work by blocking the pain signals and/or reducing inflammation in the nerves. These are a few examples of interventional therapies:

  • Epidural steroid injection
  • Spinal cord stimulators
  • Facet joint injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Radiofrequency ablation

Interventional treatments can provide enough pain relief to let you participate in physical therapy and rehabilitation, which are essential for regaining optimal strength and function.

If you suffer any type of sports injury, you’ll receive exceptional care at Interventional Spine & Pain. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.