Sports Medicine Specialist

Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine

Michael C. Geraci, Jr., MD, PT

Physical Medicine & Sports Medicine located in Williamsville, NY

Whether you’re a pro athlete, weekend warrior, or just like kicking a ball around with friends, the last thing you want is for an injury to bench you. At Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine, Michael C. Geraci Jr., MD specializes in helping his patients in Williamsville, New York recover from sports injuries, getting them back into the game more quickly and stronger than ever. No matter when you were injured, call or use the booking tool online to schedule an appointment.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

The goal of sports medicine at Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine is threefold:

  1. To prevent injury in the first place
  2. To quickly treat and heal your injury
  3. To prevent re-injury

Having received a board certification subspecialty in sports medicine, Dr. Geraci specializes in the latest techniques for remedying sports injuries and getting you back into the game as soon as is medically prudent.

He also works with you on proven preventive techniques, tailored to the sport or activity of your choice.

What are the most common sports injuries?

While most active pursuits engage your entire body, every sport taxes one area more than others. So, it’s easy to see a golfer with shoulder problems or a soccer player with knee injuries. The most common injuries across the board are:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Groin pulls
  • Knee injuries, including ACL and meniscus tears
  • Hamstring strains
  • Tennis elbow
  • Shoulder problems, including rotator cuff tears

How are sports injuries diagnosed?

Consider this: 90% of sports injuries are relievable without surgery, particularly with prompt treatment. As such, Dr. Ceraci makes every effort to see his patients within the first 24 to 48 hours of the injury.

During your visit, Dr. Ceraci conducts a systematic physical examination, examining your individual and core strength, as well as the functional kinetic chain of the injury. He also uses advanced imaging, such as diagnostic ultrasound, to get a look at your injury.

With a clear picture of the problem, Dr. Ceraci begins your treatment.

How are sports-related injuries treated?

Because sports injuries can occur in almost every part of your body, there’s no one blanket answer to this question. Dr. Ceraci’s goal is to treat you promptly and efficiently to avoid surgery. To do this, he may turn to any number of these treatments:

  • Fluoroscopically (with X-ray) and ultrasound-guided injections
  • Manual medicine
  • Functional rehabilitation
  • Regenerative medicine, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapies
  • Prescription medications, though sparingly and only when indicated for a short time
  • Strength, endurance, and biomechanical retraining specific to your needs
  • Ongoing diagnostic testing when needed, avoiding unnecessary radiation exposure
  • Physical therapy
  • Home exercises to reduce your pain and accelerate your recovery

By tackling your sports injury from several angles, Dr. Ceraci can help you heal quickly and come out stronger than ever.

To find out more, call Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine.