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Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Program

The Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Program is dedicated to providing comprehensive and multidisciplinary care to enable your recovery after an injury. Our sports physical therapists help people develop, restore and maintain movement and functional ability. Sports physical therapy involves evaluation, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. Performance enhancement is another goal of our sports physical therapists.

Core Exercises with UC San Diego Orthopedic Sports and Medicine

A therapist may spend time teaching preventive techniques to athletes, families, coaches and even other physical therapists. Sports physical therapists work with doctors to develop programs to help athletes manage pain and recuperate from injuries. They also play a role in assessing when someone is ready to return to physical activity. 

Conditions Treated

  • Knee injuries including ACL tears, runner’s knee, ITB syndrome
  • Shoulder injuries including rotator cuff, labral, and instability problems
  • Elbow problems (golfer’s elbow and lateral epicondylitis)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Hip impingement
  • Back pain (spinal injuries)
  • Pre and post-operative care

Programs and Services

  • Specific home programs tailored to clients' needs
  • Functional rehab and kinetic chain evaluation
  • Active range of motion, stretching and strengthening exercises specific to the individual
  • Manual techniques
  • Pre and post-operative care
  • Patient/family education
  • Return-to-sport recommendations

Appointments & Referrals



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AAOS Resources

Get info on orthopedic injuries from AAOS.

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