Sports Medicine

Jupiter Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Jupiter, FL

Athletes of Palm County Florida with can seek treatment with Dr. Van Sice and Dr. McVicker to improve performance and recovery from injuries. They provide sports medicine services at Jupiter Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, located in Jupiter, FL.

Sports Medicine

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is the area of medicine that focuses on treating sports-related injuries, or any injury that affects an athlete and his or her performance. It also focuses on rehabilitating an athlete following an injury to help ensure they can return to their sport or activity as soon as possible. Many sports injuries occur as a result of overuse or repetitive stress that causes excessive strain on muscles, joints, ligaments and other structures. Since many sports place specific forces and strains on certain parts of the body, treating musculoskeletal injuries in athletes takes special skill to enable the treatment to be customized not only for the injury and the health of the patient but also for the activity itself.

What are common sports injuries?

Sports injuries are usually strains or sprains which typically occur either as a result of a direct impact when coming in contact with a hard object, or indirect impact, such as unnatural twisting or bending. Injuries related to repetitive impacts from jumping or running are also common. Some of the most common sports injuries affecting the feet and ankles include:

  • Sprains, injuries that affect the ligaments and which may include overstretching a ligament or complete or partial tears of a ligament
  • Strains, which involve injury to the tendons and muscles
  • Fractures, both simple and complex
  • Nerve injuries that can accompany direct and indirect impact-related injuries causing pain, numbness, and other issues, and even affecting balance
  • Bruising of deep tissues
  • Heel spurs, small, bony projections that form on the bottom of the foot that often develop as a result of repeated impact

What is Tommy John surgery?

Tommy John surgery is a common surgery in sports medicine. The procedure is a ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction. This is a surgical graft where the UCL in the elbow is replaced with a tendon from another part of the body, usually the forearm or elbow of the patient’s other arm. During the procedure, the surgeon will open the elbow and drill holes in the ulna and humerus bones. He will then harvest a tendon from another body part and weave it through the holes in the bones in a figure eight pattern and anchored. The surgeon will usually move the ulnar nerve to prevent damage or pain from scar tissue. The procedure typically takes between 60 and 90 minutes. Recovery and rehabilitation can take a year to reach preinjury strength and range of motion.



At Jupiter Orthopedic we accept most major insurances. Please see the full list of plans. If you do not see your insurance listed, please call our office to see how we can help. Patient financing available through CareCredit. We accept Health Savings Account (HSA) credit cards, American Express, Mastercard and Visa as methods of payments. **Self-pay packages are available.

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