Sports Injuries

The Regenerative Medicine Clinic

Orthopaedic Surgeon & Molecular Immunobiologist located in Wilmington, NC

Regular exercise is good for your health. However, if you fail to warm up properly or train too hard, you may be placing yourself at risk of developing a sports injury. Orthopedic sports medicine surgeon and regenerative orthopedist Austin Yeargan III MD, at The Regenerative Medicine Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries. He takes a simple approach to care that’s focused on healing your injury quickly so you can get back to your activity faster with the least intervention. Expert care is all we provide. We’ve made tremendous advances to make tissue regeneration a reality in treating orthopedic disease. Using our patented techniques, a person can take advantage of their body’s ability to heal itself by using the healthy adult signaling stem cells found throughout the body. Laboratory and clinical research have shown conclusively that it is possible to use adult stem cells to restore lost, damaged or aging cells and effectively regenerate tissue in the body. Now is the best time ever to consider a signaling cell procedure rather than an unnecessary joint surgery.

Sports Injuries

How do sports injuries occur?

Sports injuries can occur from many causes. Some you can control, some you can’t. You may be at risk of developing a sports injury if you’re

  • Overtraining
  • Undertraining
  • Failing to warm-up
  • Not using equipment properly


You may also be at risk of developing a sports injury if you play a contact sport, such as football. Of course, a sports injury may also simply be accidental.

No matter the cause, proper medical care is needed to ensure the healing of your injury so you can get back to doing the sports and activities you enjoy.

What are common sports injuries?

You can injure almost any part of your body when exercising or engaging in an organized sport. Some of the most common sports injuries include:

  • Strains and sprains
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Tendonitis
  • Knee injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shin splints
  • Achilles tendon injuries or inflammation
  • Swollen muscles
  • Tennis elbow


Depending on the type of sport you play, you may also be at risk of a head injury, which requires immediate medical attention to assess you for a concussion. 

What can I expect during an evaluation for my sports injury?

Dr. Yeargan is an orthopedic sports medicine specialist and conducts comprehensive evaluations when you come to the office with a sports injury. First, he reviews your medical history and how your injury occurred, as well as your usual exercise routine. 

Then, he conducts a physical examination, paying close attention to your injured body part. He may perform various tests to further evaluate your injury to assist with a diagnosis. If imaging hasn’t already been completed, Dr. Yeargan may also request diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray or MRI to confirm or rule out the type of sports injury you have. 

How are sports injuries treated?

Dr. Yeargan develops individualized treatment plans based on the type of injury you have, the severity of your injury, your overall health, and the type of sport you play. Despite being an experienced orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Yeargan always takes the simplest most natural approach to healing a sports injury and may recommend:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication
  • Activity modification
  • Physical therapy


Dr. Yeargan is also a regenerative orthopedist and may suggest signaling cell treatments or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to assist in the healing of your sports injury. These forms of regenerative medicine support your body’s natural healing process and may help you recover faster without the need for more invasive treatments.

Don’t let your sports injury keep you from getting back in the game. Call The Regenerative Medicine Clinic to schedule an appointment with the experienced sports medicine regenerative orthopedist.