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Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic has defined Alaskan orthopedics for over 50 years. With the strength of experience, our sports medicine specialists deliver the specialized care Alaskan athletes and active individuals need to stay strong. 

Whether you're a professional athlete, play on a high school sports team, or are simply someone who likes to stay fit, injury is always a risk. The good news is that you can get help from experts to prevent sports injuries as well as diagnose and treat them as they occur. Our sports medicine team, including our specialty-trained doctors and athletic trainers, are here to help athletes and active patients with every need—from sprains and strains to ACL tears.

What is a sports medicine specialist? These are the physicians who specialize in treating injuries sustained during sports and exercise. This includes ankle, hip, shoulder, knee, wrist, and elbow injuries, along with a full range of orthopedic care options.

Sports medicine specialists see adult and pediatric patients for a full range of medical concerns. Some of the injuries treated by these doctors include:

  • Any sports-related injury to the ankle, wrist, knee, shoulder, muscles, or other soft tissues
  • Cartilage damage
  • Exercise-induced trauma
  • Fractures
  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
  • Labral tears
  • Overuse injuries
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Sprains
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Torn meniscus
  • Torn tendon, ligament, or ACL

Sports Medicine at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic

When you visit with a specialist in our practice, the first step is diagnosing your injury. This will involve a physical examination and may require different types of imaging, including X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This evaluation will allow our board-certified orthopedic surgeons and physiatrist to determine the nature of your injury and the right course of treatment.

Your sports medicine treatment plan could involve any number of things, including physical therapy, stretches, medicine, or surgery. Our goal is always to get you back on the field or the court as soon as possible and to provide the solutions you need to function at your best.

Because we know how important it is for athletes to get back in the game, we strive to use nonsurgical treatment options and avoid surgery whenever possible. For more serious injuries, surgical intervention may be the best medical option. When surgery is needed, our surgeons will perform the appropriate procedure using the latest methods, including arthroscopy. No matter the nature of the surgery, we will always try to ensure a full and quick rehabilitation for each athlete we see.

Additionally, our sports medicine specialists have developed our Athlete and Parent's Online Guide to Sports Medicine for important injury prevention and care information and training tips specific to your sport. Our sports medicine providers are also proud to serve as team physicians for both high school and collegiate teams in the area, and we also proudly provide athletic training services.

When an injury is keeping you from getting back to your sport or favorite activity, contact our specialists in Anchorage today by calling 907.563.3145 or requesting an appointment online.

Additionally, we know that sports injuries need to be evaluated promptly. That's why we offer our Orthopedic Urgent Care walk-in clinic for same-day care Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Defining Alaskan Orthopedics at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic

As part of our world-class team of experts, our specialty-trained sports medicine doctors at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic have completed additional training specifically in the treatment of sports-related orthopedic needs to offer our patients the highest level of specialized care. With this advanced training, our sports medicine specialists, Dr. Jared KirkhamDr. John Lapkass, Dr. Kurt Mentzer, Dr. Douglas Prevost, Dr. Adrian Ryan, Dr. Gregory Schumacher, and Dr. Brad Sparks, have the expertise to treat your injury or condition according to your individual needs and goals.

Whatever condition is keeping you out of the game, our specialty-trained doctors will help you regain your strength and function. To consult with one of our sports medicine specialists in Anchorage, request an appointment online or call 907.563.3145.

Meet Our Sports Medicine Doctors