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Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Medical Weight Loss located in Orland Park, IL

The risk of injury is common in most sports, particularly contact sports like football or hockey. Fortunately, the team at Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine offers a broad range of sports medicine services to people in Orland Park, Illinois. The team uses groundbreaking procedures, such as orthobiologics and PRP therapy, to repair damage within the body, improving your mobility and range of motion. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is a health care specialty that focuses on injury prevention and treatment in athletes and active individuals.

Most sports injuries are more nuanced than simple fractures or broken bones. In many cases, soft tissue injuries, tendon and ligament tears, joint inflammation, and other common sports injuries can impede your function just as seriously as an obvious ankle fracture. However, these injuries are often more difficult to notice right away.

At Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine, the team uses minimally invasive treatments that can help you regain full function of your damaged joints, tissues, or bones without surgery or long recovery.

What are the most common injuries in sports medicine?

Some of the most common sports injuries Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine treats are:

Knee injuries

The knees take the brunt of the impact in sports like soccer and basketball. If the knee joints or the tendons, muscle, or cartilage surrounding it becomes damaged, you can experience pain and loss of mobility.

Tennis or golfer’s elbow

Overuse of the elbow can lead to pain and stiffness. If you play tennis or golf, it’s important not to overstress the elbow. You can help prevent tennis and golfer’s elbow by stretching and building the muscles in your forearms.

Bone fractures

A bone fracture is a break in the bone due to excessive force. Always wear protective gear when playing sports that include running, jumping, throwing, or close contact with other players. You can strengthen your bones with calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium supplements.

Joint pain

Pressure and overuse of the joints can cause lasting damage to the flexible cartilage that protects them. If you’re a runner, implement strength training and frequent stretching into your workouts. You should also maintain a healthy weight to reduce stress on your joints.

Other common sports injuries include ankle sprains, hamstring strains, shin splints, back pain, and pulled muscles in the groin.

What treatments are available with sports medicine?

Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine offers several cell therapy and orthobiologic treatments that use substances found within your own body to repair damage:

PRP injections

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a component in your blood that contains high amounts of growth factors and proteins. When isolated, PRP can help accelerate healing and repair musculoskeletal damage. To perform this treatment, your provider draws your blood, runs it through a centrifuge to isolate the PRP, and injects it directly into your injury site.

Regenerative medicine

Like PRP therapy, stem cells contain special growth factors that can accelerate your body’s natural healing process. There are two types of stem cells used in regenerative medicine: embryonic stem cells (ESC) and adult stem cells. 

ESCs are derived from human embryos. They can be distributed anywhere in the body, while adult stem cells typically come from adipose tissue and blood. These cells are more restricted in their distribution.


Orthobiologics are natural substances, including cells, tissues, or blood components. Your provider can inject orthobiologics into your damaged tissues to reduce pain and improve mobility.

Ultrasound-guided injections

If you have musculoskeletal pain, the team can use ultrasound guidance to inject a combination of pain medication and local anesthetics into your injury site.

To learn more about sports medicine, call Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine or book an appointment online today.