Sports Injuries

Santa Cruz Osteopathic

Richard Bernstein, D.O.

Osteopathic Physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Capitola, CA

Sprains, strains, dislocations, and other sports injuries can sideline you not only from sports, but from life. That’s why it’s so important to find a medical care provider with an in-depth understanding of the musculoskeletal system. At Santa Cruz Osteopathic, dedicated osteopathic physician Richard Bernstein, D.O., has extensive experience and training in every aspect of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of sports injuries. Dr. Bernstein is ready to help you recover using a unique integrative approach. Call the Capitola, California, office or book a consultation online now.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What is a sports injury?

Sports injuries are those that happen when you’re exercising, working out, or playing sports with others or on your own. A sports injury can affect virtually any part of your body, but most often affects the musculoskeletal system. 

Sports injuries frequently cause both pain and limited function. As an osteopathic physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Bernstein is a highly experienced specialist who can help you recover and even boost your game. 

What are the most common sports injuries?

Some common sports injuries are:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Shin splints
  • Severed tendon
  • Kneecap pain, or runner’s knee
  • Bone fractures
  • Joint dislocations 

Dr. Bernstein treats all types of sports injuries, including symptoms caused by mild traumatic brain injury.

How do you treat a sports injury?

At Santa Cruz Osteopathic, Dr. Bernstein designs a customized recovery and rehabilitation plan for your sports injury. He focuses on relieving your pain, improving your function, and elevating your safety and wellness long term. 

Dr. Bernstein understands that you want as little downtime as possible, so he uses proven state-of-the-art nonsurgical solutions that can easily fit into your busy life. 

Osteopathic Manual Medicine

As an osteopathic physician, Dr. Bernstein is specially trained in Osteopathic Manual Medicine. This unique brand of hands-on therapy relieves musculoskeletal pain while gently improving your flexibility, strength, and range of motion through stretching, mild pressure, and resistance. 

Osteopathic Manual Medicine is completely noninvasive and drug free. It emphasizes whole-body interconnectedness and peak function. 

Regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine uses advanced stem cell therapy to greatly increase your healing and overall recovery rate. With mesenchymal stem cells, you can regenerate torn tendons, ligaments, muscles, and other tissues. 

All regenerative medicine products come directly from industry leader Predictive Biotech.

Laser therapy

Dr. Bernstein has over a decade of experience using Class IV laser therapy for sports injuries and other tissue damage. He uses a multi-wave laser system that works by relieving inflammation, alleviating swelling, and reducing pain all at the same time. The synergistic combination of laser wavelengths gives you better results than an individual laser could while minimizing any risk of skin damage. 

Dr. Bernstein may also recommend other therapies, such as SpineMED spinal decompression, based on your sports injury and pain relief needs. 

Get Sports Medicine care from the best in the field at Santa Cruz Osteopathic by calling the office or booking online now.