Who should see a sports medicine specialist?

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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Sports medicine specialists treat injuries sustained in all levels of activity. Contrary to what many people think, we don’t just treat sports athletes. We see athletes of all levels, from student athletes to those at the college and professional level. But we also treat active adults of all ages who get injured during activities such as running, biking, working out or playing intramural sports.

Sports medicine specialists see a variety of exercise and physical activity injuries including acute and chronic pain. We can also help with injury prevention and performance enhancement. Some of the symptoms I treat most commonly include:

  • Knees – swelling, locking, irritation, catching, pain behind the knee cap and trouble bearing weight
  • Shoulders – trouble putting on a shirt, pain when raising arms overhead and pain at night
  • Hips – pain lifting legs, sharp radiating pain, snapping and locking
  • Legs – Achilles tendon pain, hamstring tears and shin splints
  • Fractures
  • Sprains and strains
  • Swollen muscles

At Ochsner, we also take a team approach to sports medicine. Our providers consist of a variety of specialists including fellowship-trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeons, primary care sports physicians, physician assistants, athletic trainers, physical therapists and nurses.

These specialists understand that injuries can be devastating and are here to help you accomplish your fitness goals through safe, effective and comprehensive care.


Dr. Phillips is an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine. He specializes in surgical and non-surgical treatment of athletic injuries involving the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee joint. Dr. Phillips received advanced training and has expertise in complex shoulder and knee arthroscopy, hip arthroscopy, joint preservation, cartilage restoration, meniscus surger, and treatment of athletes of all ages. He is dedicated to providing excellent patient care and is committed to helping people remain active. To book an appointment with him at Ochsner Health Center – LaPlace Medical (502 Rue de Sante) or OHC-Kenner (200 W. Esplanade Ave.) call 985-652-9504 or 504-412-1705.