Diagnosing Sports Injuries - Long Island

Understanding Your Sports Injury

Categories: Diagnosis & Testing / Sports Medicine

Central Orthopedic Group offers on-site diagnostic imaging to help patients immediately. Diagnostics are so very important when it comes to understanding, diagnosing, and treating your sports injury. In this blog post you’ll find information on common sports injuries and how different imaging techniques are best suited for certain types of sports injuries. We want you to be informed about your injury and back to what you love as soon as possible!


Patient Education is Key to Treating Sports Injuries


At Central Orthopedic Group we believe that it is important for patients, especially athletes, to know their bodies, which is why we’ve created our patient education sector. Check out the patient education section of our website.


There are a few areas of the body that are more susceptible to sports injuries, such as the ankle, foot, shoulder, and elbow. The ankle’s anatomy provides it with a very unique and stable design, which withstands the pressure of 1.5 times your body weight when walking and 8 times that when running! For information on ankle anatomy, click here.


The elbow and the shoulder are also common areas that athletes tend to injure, more often due to overuse while practicing or through injury while playing the game. Artificial Joint Replacement of the elbow (also known as an elbow anthroplasty) has become a widely used procedure, creating an “artificial elbow.” Although usually a last resort within sports medicine, this surgical intervention has amazing success for patient’s pain relief and return of function and repair to a damaged elbow joint. At the Central Orthopedic Group of Long Island, we provide artificial joint replacement in cases where it is necessary.

Sports Injuries - The Foot - Central Orthopedic Group

The foot is actually one of the most frequently injured areas of the body. Some of the sports injuries we treat through physical therapy, custom foot orthotics, splitting, casting, and arthroscopy, include:

  • Heel Bone Fractures
  • Midfoot Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Clubfoot
  • Bunions


Diagnostic Imaging at Central Orthopedic Group

Diagnostic Imaging on Long Island


At Central Orthopedic Group we provide the most advanced imaging technology available: Ultrasounds, X-Rays, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Electromyography and Nerve Conductivity Velocity (EMG/NCV) Testing to get the best picture of your sports injury. Having non-invasive and accurate images of your injury allows for the best possible treatment plan to be developed between you and your doctor. The right picture can prevent misdiagnosis and provide the opportunity to recommend less invasive treatments to certain sports injuries.



What Diagnostic Approach Best Fits Your Sports Injury?


Ultra Sound Imaging

Ultra Sound Imaging (Sonography) focuses mostly on the soft tissues of the body, and is therefore best for injuries such as:

  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Ligament Fractures
  • Tendon Fractures & Ruptures


X-rays take pictures of your bones. Our in-house X-ray machines provide print outs on film, plain paper, or CD formats to fit your needs. Common sports injuries that are usually diagnosed with X-rays, include:

  • Bone Breaks
  • Fractures of the Bone
  • Bone Alignment Issues


MRI’s are useful in diagnosing many orthopedic and musculoskeletal disorders, allowing doctors to see varies body structures at once that other imaging devices cannot pick up together. MRI’s provide highly detailed images and are commonly preferred for injuries such as:

  • Traumas and sports injuries in which there may be multiple areas of the body that have been damaged
  • Injuries that involve soft tissue enclosed by bone, such as in the head (brain) or back (spinal cord).
  • Ligament Fractures
  • Meniscal and ligament tears of the knee
  • Rotator cuff and labrum tears in the shoulder
  • Back pain without an obvious cause can be diagnosed with an MRI


EMG/NCV Testing provides electrical stimulation to the muscles and nerves of your body to help diagnose injuries and diseases. Some of the diseases that are best diagnosed with this method of testing include:

  • Neuropathies
  • Myopathies
  • Myastenia Gravis
  • Sciatica



Contact our Long Island Orthopedic Physicians

If you are suffering from pain due to a sports injury, we can help diagnose that pain quickly and accurately. Our on-site diagnostic imaging facility allows for speedy processing and seamless transfers of information if you are working with one of our doctors, or an outside doctor.

Contact the pain management specialists to get you back to health and on the field sooner! Our offices are conveniently located in Plainview, NY and Rockville Center, NY; contact us by phone at 516-681-3332 or online by clicking here.