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Sports Health

Specialized treatment therapies

ImPACT™ Evaluation
Provides computerized neurocognitive assessment tools and services to assist physicians and other healthcare professionals in determining an athlete's ability to return to play after suffering a concussion. For more information, call (888) 778-6627.

Compartment Syndrome Testing
Compartment syndrome involves increased pressure in a muscle compartment. It can lead to muscle and nerve damage and problems with blood flow. Compartment syndrome is most common in the lower leg and forearm, although it can also occur in the hand, foot, thigh and upper arm. Early diagnosis and treatment will help prevent many complications. For more information, call (888) 778-6627.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
Summa Center for Sports Health is one of the few providers offering musculoskeletal ultrasound in Northeast Ohio.

Primary uses:

  • Diagnostic studies of the shoulder, ankle and knee
  • Tendon injections
  • Tenotomies
  • Injections of the hip joint, bicep tendon, mid-foot, first metatarsal-phalangeal joint, subtalar joint, carpal tunnel, glenohumeral joint and others
  • Whole blood and platelet-rich plasma injections
  • Identifying non-radiopaque foreign bodies in soft tissues (wood, glass, etc.)

Musculoskeletal ultrasound has been used by the staff at Summa Center for Sports Health since 2009. Nilesh Shah, M.D., medical director, has performed more than 500 ultrasound procedures and real-time diagnostic studies. To schedule an appointment, call (888) 778-6627.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a new way to treat tendon injuries. It uses the patient’s own blood to deliver a concentrated solution of platelets to the site of an injury to promote rapid healing.

Injuries to tendons are difficult and slow to heal because there is limited blood flow to tendons, which are composed of tough, fibrous tissue. PRP therapy provides a new way to treat tendon injuries, including chronic conditions such as lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), plantar fasciitis, acute muscle and ligament injuries, and cartilage degeneration.

Any patient with a tendon injury who has not responded to other therapies may wish to consider PRP therapy. PRP therapy offers a safe, minimally invasive and low-risk alternative to surgery for hard-to-heal tendon injuries. However, patients with metastatic disease or tumors (cancer), active infections, a low platelet count, are pregnant and/or are breastfeeding should check with their physicians before undergoing PRP therapy.

To schedule an appointment, call (330) 379-5051, ext. 4.

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