Sports Medicine Specialist

Joseph Hadi, MD -  - Pain Management Specialist

Joseph Hadi, MD

Pain Management Specialist located in Encino, CA

Keeping fit and active is essential if you want to be healthy, and playing sports is one of the most enjoyable ways to stay fit. However, if you injure yourself you need expert care, Joseph Hadi, MD, in Encino, California, can help. Dr. Hadi is a double board-certified specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine who offers effective treatment solutions for sports injuries. If you need a sports medicine expert, call today or book an appointment online.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is a specialty that focuses on the welfare of people who play sports or engage in intensive training and exercise. A key aspect of this is injuries, which are an almost unavoidable hazard of being physically active.

Sports injuries can happen acutely, causing immediate pain and rapid bruising, tenderness, and swelling. They can also develop more slowly if you subject certain parts of your body to the same movements over and over. 

Injuries like fractures (broken bones) and ligament sprains can be difficult to tell apart unless you seek expert medical attention. Fractures and sprains need different treatments, so it’s vital to know what caused your injury.

What kinds of sports injuries might I get?

Some of the sports injuries Dr. Hadi sees most often include:

  • Tendon strains 
  • Ligament sprains
  • Torn muscles 
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Impact injuries

Some injuries are more likely to affect people who play sports. These include:

  • Meniscal tears in the knees 
  • Achilles tendon injuries 
  • ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears
  • Patellofemoral syndrome
  • Rotator cuff tears 
  • Tennis elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Bicep tendinitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Groin strain
  • Shin splints

Dr. Hadi can provide you with an accurate diagnosis of your sports injury and administer the most effective treatment solutions.

How are sports injuries treated?

If you have fractures, you might need surgery followed by immobilization. Other types of sports injuries could benefit from the range of treatments that Dr. Hadi can provide, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Activity modification
  • Acupuncture
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Stem cell therapy
  • PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy
  • Traumeel® anti-inflammatory preparation
  • Zeel® Injection Solution
  • Steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Nerve ablation

Traumeel and Zeel are alternative, homeopathic remedies for reducing inflammation and pain. Dr. Hadi combines traditional approaches, evidence-based mainstream medicine, and innovative therapies from other sources that show promise as treatments for his patients.

Physical therapy is a vital aspect of recovering from a sports injury. Without professional treatment, you aren’t likely to regain your previous abilities or levels of fitness. 

If you have a sports injury, get back to being fighting fit by visiting us. Call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hadi or book an appointment online.


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