Sports Medicine Specialist

Cornerstone Primary Care -  - Primary Care Internal Medicine

Cornerstone Primary Care

Primary Care Internal Medicine located in Walnut Creek, CA

Whether you’re a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior, sports medicine support helps you get into optimal condition, avoid injury, and restore function if you’re injured. At Cornerstone Primary Care in Walnut Creek, California, Ross Pirkle, MD, MS provides sports medicine support to keep you healthy and strong enough to do the activities you love. If you have an injury to a joint, Dr. Pirkle can provide injection therapy to relieve pain and restore function. Call the membership-based practice or schedule online if you could benefit from sports medicine.

Sports Medicine Q & A

Who is a candidate for sports medicine?

The doctors at Cornerstone Primary Care have specialized training that makes them qualified to address issues that often arise in more active people. You don’t have to be an NFL-superstar to seek sports medicine support. Adolescents and adults who play team sports, race individually, or spend a lot of time at the gym can benefit.

The doctors can also give health support to those who aren’t currently active but want to increase their fitness levels. They give recommendations for the best activity to meet your physical health, current fitness, and pace so you get healthy but stay injury free.

What injuries can sports medicine address?

Sports injuries are inevitable. Chances are, if you’re active, you’ll experience an injury at some point. Trauma and overuse are the most common causes of injury. While it’s ideal to prevent these with proper mechanics and training, if you do suffer an injury, the doctors at Cornerstone Primary Care can help. 

The doctors can help with recovery from:

  • Back pain
  • Hip injuries
  • Tendonitis 
  • Stress fractures
  • Concussions
  • Hand and wrist issues
  • Knee pain

If you need more support for a sports medicine injury, such as surgery, the providers at Cornerstone Primary Care refer you to a qualified specialist in the area.

Can I prevent sports injuries?

Accidents happen during physical activity, but in many cases, these can be prevented with proper training and conditioning. The doctors at Cornerstone Primary Care advise you on the proper protective gear to wear and equipment to use to reduce the risk of injury. 

They can also look at your movement patterns to determine if you have an imbalance that may contribute to injury. In this way, they help you optimize performance so you function at your best in practice and competition.

What if I have a sports injury?

Cornerstone Primary Care provides same-day appointments if you suffer an injury during practice, workouts, or play. If you have symptoms such as pain, swelling, numbness, or the inability to put weight on an affected area, seek care. 

If the pain is unbearable, involves uncontrollable bleeding, or knocks you unconscious, head to an emergency room right away. Cornerstone Primary Care will coordinate your care and provide treatment as soon as your severe injury is stabilized.

For all your sports medicine needs, trust Cornerstone Primary Care. Call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.