Carlos A Uquillas, M.D.
Sports Medicine Specialist located in Los Angeles, CA, Pasadena, CA, & Anaheim, CA
Playing sports or being involved in any regular physical activity isn’t just enjoyable but a great way to stay healthy. If you have any musculoskeletal problems that slow you down, Carlos Uquillas, MD, can help. Dr. Uquillas provides a range of non-surgical therapies and minimally invasive surgery for all types of sports injuries and degenerative conditions at his Los Angeles offices in Pasadena and Westchester, and in San Fernando Valley/Tarzana, California. Call the office near you today to find out more or schedule a consultation online.
What is sports medicine?
Sports medicine focuses on your recovery after suffering an injury that prevents you from participating in physical activities and training.
Dr. Uquillas has specialized training and considerable experience in diagnosing and treating injuries that can happen during sports and other forms of exercise. The sports injuries Dr. Uquillas sees most often include:
- Sprains and strains
- Achilles tendinitis
- Fractures (broken bones)
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears
- Meniscus tears
Dr. Uquillas can also treat sports-related overuse injuries like tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and runner’s knee. He can also reduce your risk of further injuries by advising you on how to properly warm-up, exercise, train, and look after your general health.
How are sports medicine problems diagnosed?
At your consultation, Dr. Uquillas asks you how the injury happened and what symptoms you’re experiencing. He looks at your medical history and does a physical exam.
You might also need to undergo diagnostic procedures like X-rays, ultrasound, a CT scan, or an MRI scan. These can confirm a diagnosis and allow Dr. Uquillas to see the extent of any damage to your bones and other tissues.
It’s vital to get sports injuries checked out if they limit your movements, cause moderate to severe pain, create a visible deformity, or are usually mild, like an ankle sprain, and don’t get better in a few days.
If you continue training or playing despite the pain and other symptoms, you could make the problem worse. You’re also more likely to develop degenerative problems like osteoarthritis if you don’t take care of your injuries.
How are sports medicine problems treated?
If you have a sports injury that isn’t treatable with rest and over-the-counter medications, Dr. Uquillas could recommend physical therapy and non-surgical treatments like stem cell therapy or injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
Regenerative therapies help your body heal from the inside out by stimulating the growth of new, healthy cells to replace damaged tissue.
Dr. Uquillas also specializes in advanced surgical techniques that repair sports injuries. These surgeries include:
- Labral Repair
- Partial Meniscectomy
- Rotator cuff repair
- Achilles tendon repair
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction
- Joint debridement
- Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery)
Following your surgery, Dr. Uquillas continues to monitor your recovery. He can provide you with resources to reduce your risk of further injuries and ensure that you return to the game only after you heal fully.
To find out more about the sports medicine services available, call the office of Carlos Uquillas, MD, nearest you today or book an appointment online.