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Muscle, Ligament & Tendon Damage Specialist – Greensburg, PA

Soft tissue injuries such as damage to the muscles, ligaments and tendons can be incredibly painful, and can require a prolonged amount of time to heal. Such injuries commonly occur during athletics and exercise, however they can also result from a person’s job or even everyday activities. Patients who are seeking accurate diagnosis and treatment for muscle damage without the need for surgery need look no further than DiCesare Orthopedic Medicine. 

With over 10 years of clinical orthopedic experience, the team at DiCesare Orthopedic Medicine is equipped with the diagnostic tools and advanced expertise to treat muscle sprains, strains and tears. Board certified in both family practice and sports medicine, Dr. Jacob DiCesare offers non-surgical treatments for musculoskeletal problems to patients in Greensburg, Mount Pleasant, and North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.  

Some of the common conditions we see in patients include:

  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Muscle, ligament, and tendon damage
  • Sprains and strains
  • Sports and work injuries

We are not like traditional orthopedic practices that take a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment, which often rely on steroids and surgical intervention. Patients at our practice will first be given a thorough orthopedic evaluation to determine the nature and severity of the injury. 

Then, Dr. DiCesare will determine the best course of treatment using gentle, alternative methods, such as PRP injection, lipogems, and prolotherapy. Our practice believes strongly in customized treatment that takes into account each and every patient’s medical history, current lifestyle, and future goals. 

Treatment With The #1 Greensburg, PA Tendon Damage Doctor

Treatment for muscle, ligament and tendon damage at DiCesare Orthopedic Medicine looks different than it does at most orthopedic practices. We harness the power of regenerative medicine, which is the process of regenerating human cells and tissues to restore normal function. 

Our non-surgical treatment methods include:

  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging
  • Osteopathic manipulation
  • PRP injections
  • Prolotherapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Viscosupplementation
  • Stem cell injections (lipogems)

Dr. DiCesare is an osteopathically trained, board-certified sports medicine physician who has been offering non-surgical treatments to the Greensburg area for the last decade. Known as “The Gentle Injector,” he has earned a reputation among patients for delivering joint injections in a way that minimizes pain and discomfort. He has also lectured on a national level about joint injection, and instructed other physicians world-wide on his injection techniques.

If you’re seeking non-surgical methods for healing from muscle, ligament and tendon injuries, let the dedicated team at DiCesare Orthopedic Medicine evaluate you and determine the ideal course of treatment. Our continuing mission is to treat each patient as if they were family, and personalize a treatment plan based on your individual needs and lifestyle goals.  

 Get Ligament Damage Treatment near North Huntingdon & Mount Pleasant, PA

The most common soft tissue injuries involve the muscles, ligaments and tendons. If you’ve recently sustained an injury, you may find yourself asking: what is the difference between a sprain, strain, and a tear? 

Here’s how to tell the difference:

A sprain is the overstretching or tearing of a ligament. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect bones together. Most sprains occur when we fall or twist our body in an unnatural position. Sprains typically occur in the ankles, although they can also happen in the knees and wrists. Symptoms of a muscle sprain include pain in the muscles or joints, decreased mobility, inflammation, bruising, and tenderness in the affected area. 

A strain is also an overstretch or tear, but it occurs in the muscles or tendons. Tendons are fibers that connect our muscles to our bones. Athletes are statistically the most vulnerable to muscle strains. A strain can result from a single traumatic incident or from repetitive motions, like repeated heavy lifting. The back and the legs (specifically the hamstring) are the areas of the body that are most prone to strains. Symptoms of a strain include muscle spasms, pain, bruising, swelling, immobility, weakness, and cramping. 

A tear is a ripping of fibrous tissue that occurs in muscles, ligaments or the tendons. When a muscle tears, it can take months to properly heal. Inflammation and pain associated with tears can vary in severity depending on the degree of tear.

Suffering from a sprain, strain or tear? Book an appointment with Dr. DiCesare online. 

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Frequently Asked Question

What Are The Different Grades of Sprains? 

Muscle sprains are categorized into three levels: 

  • Grade 1 (mild): Slight stretching and some damage to the ligament.
  • Grade 2  (moderate): Partial tearing of the ligament and looseness in the joint. 
  • Grade 3 (severe): Complete tear of the ligament, causing the joint to be nonfunctional and unstable. 

How Can I Treat A Sprain? 

For mild sprains and strains, there are a number of ways you can ease your pain at home. Sports medicine specialists have recommended following the RICE treatment for common sprains and strains that are not causing acute pain. RICE is an acronym that stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. This will help to reduce inflammation, swelling and minor pain. 

  • Rest - Rest and protect the affected area. 
  • Ice - Apply an ice or cold pack for up to 20 minutes three or more times a day. 
  • Compression - Wrap the injury with an elastic bandage to decrease swelling. 
  • Elevation - Whenever you sit or lay down, elevate the injury on pillows at or above heart level. 

It’s essential to wait until you are fully recovered from an injury before you resume normal activities. 

When Should I See a Doctor? 

If you’re experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, it’s crucial to make an appointment with Dr. DiCesare for a complete evaluation. Treatment for muscular injuries requires an accurate diagnosis, and treatment itself can be a lengthy process. 

See a doctor when:

  • Your performance at work or during sports is suffering
  • You are unable to walk without feeling pain
  • You feel sore even when resting
  • Your mobility in the affected area is limited
  • Redness or red streaks appear on the injury
  • You experience numbness

How Can I Prevent Muscle Damage?

Injury to the muscles, ligaments and tendons are sometimes unavoidable, especially for those who practice contact sports. However, there are a number of things anyone can do to help prevent muscle damage from occurring or reoccuring:

  • Use proper workout equipment
  • Replace your shoes regularly
  • Do warm-up exercises (e.g. - stretching, running in place)
  • Hydrate
  • Pace yourself
  • Have designated rest days

Greensburg Ligament Damage Treatment

Gentle, Alternative Treatments From A Sports Medicine Doctor

Dr. Jacob DiCesare understands the delicate nature of our musculoskeletal makeup. After years of working in a high volume orthopedic practice, he began to see a need for regenerative medicine and personalized, patient-focused treatment plans. 

His expertise in orthopedics and alternative medicine has led him to instruct physicians from around the world in musculoskeletal ultrasound and prolotherapy, as well as the best technique for PRP injections. Moreover, having completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship with the Allegheny Health Network, Dr.DiCesare is uniquely qualified to help athletes rehabilitate from their sports injuries. 

At DiCesare Orthopedic Medicine, we are equipped to diagnose and treat:

  • Arthritis/Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinitis/Bursitis
  • Muscle, ligament, and tendon damage
  • Sprains and strains
  • Sports and work injuries

Our methods of treatment are non-surgical and minimally-invasive so that patients can enjoy faster recovery times. We provide:

  • Osteopathic Manipulation
  • Joint injections
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging
  • Prolotherapy