Sports Orthopedics

Sports Orthopedics

Sports orthopedics, or orthopedic sports medicine, is a branch of physical therapy focused on treating athletes and pain as a result of or inhibiting sports performance.

Treating bones, joints, and soft tissue alike, the techniques employed in sports orthopedics are used to not only help athletes recover from injury or wear & tear, but also help them become even stronger and achieve greater results.

What is Sports Orthopedics?

Sports orthopedics specialists are very often former athletes or extremely active individuals, which adds to their practical knowledge. Like all of our key treatment areas, The Hand To Shoulder Center works to treat the whole body and root causes of pain, not just the symptoms.

Particularly with sports orthopedics, one injury can have a cascading effect across the whole body. Athletes tend to play through pain, compensating with uninjured parts of their body and employing unnatural motion. This is exactly why we treat the athlete, not the injury.

Our Total Person Approach

Adolescent Sports Injuries

While treating sports injuries provides its own set of unique considerations, these are exponentially multiplied when the athlete is an adolescent. When a patient is under roughly 18 years of age, therapists have to account for active growth plates in the bones. In other words, pain, injury, and poor orthopedic treatment can quite literally interfere with body growth.

In addition to having sports orthopedics specialists on staff, we also has a great deal of experience treating adolescents athletes specifically. This combined expertise allows us to treat adolescent athletes with unmatched skill and exceptional results.

Benefits of BodyWorks include:

A Word of Warning

Be wary of clinics who treat adolescent athletes no different than their adult counterparts or those who lean too heavily on passive treatments like temperature, massage, or electronic stimulation.

If overdone, these treatments can inhibit growth plates. Instead, we utilize treatments that increase strength and mobility, including revolutionary techniques like the 830Laser along with plyometrics and functional movements to ensure a fast & safe return to sports.

Treatment For Weekend Warriors

We use the term weekend warriors to refer to adults, typically older than 35, who are still fairly active. Whether riding their bike on weekends, running a few marathons throughout the year, or even being involved in coaching, these active adults are prone to serious aches, pains, and joint issues.

Even though they may not consider themselves athletes, we do. Regardless of their age, we treat their pain the same way we treat that of youth athletes or professional athletes. While traditional physical therapy would largely be focused on reducing pain and restoring normal motion, sports orthopedics brings in the added focus of increasing strength. Through our revolutionary treatment programs, weekend warriors can actually achieve better athletic results than they did a decade earlier in their life.

Running Program

Aches and pains as a result of frequently running is one of the most common ailments that drives patients through our doors. Whether an adolescent, a weekend warrior, or even a professional athlete, our cutting-edge running program could be a great fit for you.

Utilizing a combination of ASTYM therapy and low-impact running on the revolutionary AlterG® treadmill, we treat the root cause of running pain and empower runners to perform even better following treatment. If you’re a runner who is looking to recover from pain, take training more seriously, or both, then we highly recommend our running program.

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Elizabeth Flash


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One of the nicest and most competent doctors I have ever been to. Very compassionate and knowledgeable. Took his time, explained everything thoroughly. I highly recommend him!! Thank you Dr. Lesley for a wonderful experience. Also his office staff and nurses are wonderful and the wait time was the shortest I’ve ever experienced. A+ in my books!!

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David McClellan


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Excellent diagnosis and treatment. Both myself and my wife have used Dr. Lesley and his PA Maddie. They are excellent at listening to the problem and making a spot on diagnosis.  Dr. Lesley is not quick to recommend any invasive treatment. He and Maddie attempt to solve the issue with the least stress and discomfort. The two are highly recommended.

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The Hand to Shoulder Center

At The Hand to Shoulder Center in Fort Worth, TX, our team of fellowship-trained hand, elbow, and shoulder surgeons treat any and all conditions from the shoulder to the fingertip. Our surgeons perform both elective and reconstructive procedures, including:

  • Joint Replacement
  • Traumatic Injury Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Wide Awake Local Anesthesia Only Surgery

Our physicians are associated with the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. For more information or to request an appointment, please contact us online or call (817) 420-9238.

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