PRIMARY CARE SPORTS MEDICINE

At Castle Pines Urgent Care & Family Practice, we offer comprehensive Primary Care Sports Medicine services to patients of all ages and backgrounds.  Our goal is to keep our patients active and healthy so they may experience the many health benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle.  While we commonly work with athletes and active people, we also manage musculoskeletal conditions that can affect anyone, including osteoarthritis, tendinitis, and concussion.  
 
We also believe it is important that care does not stop after an injury is treated, as prevention of future injuries is equally important to keeping our patients healthy and active.  Because of this, we routinely work with our patients on injury prevention, including injuries that are common in specific sports.  
 
A large part of our Primary Care Sports Medicine practice is providing comprehensive health care for the athlete and active patient, including management of chronic illnesses, such as exercise-induced asthma hypertension, and diabetes.  
 
CONDITIONS WE TREAT
Some common Sports Medicine conditions we treat include:
  • Back Strain
  • Bursitis 
  • AC Separation 
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Concussion
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Growth Plate Injuries/Fractures
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • MCL and LCL Injuries of the Knee
  • Osteoarthritis (including Knee and Shoulder)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Quadriceps Strain
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome 
  • Stress Fracture
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Tendinitis
  • Trigger Finger

INJURIES
Are you suffering from a painful injury?  It is estimated that up to 94% of musculoskeletal injuries may be managed non-operatively.  From sprains and strains to tendinitis and stress fractures, our Primary Care Sports Medicine specialist is skilled in treating both acute and chronic-overuse injuries conservatively.  While surgery may be a necessary treatment option for some injuries, many patients benefit from conservative treatment options, including prescribed (rehabilitation) exercises  and injection therapy.  If our Sports Medicine physician determines that surgery is a good option for you, then we are able to quickly refer you to one of our excellent Orthopedic Surgery partners. 
 
 
CONCUSSION CARE
Are you or your loved one suffering from a concussion?  Concussion is a common sports-related injury that affects millions of Americans every year.  It is important to seek care from an expert who is skilled in treating concussions, such as a Primary Care Sports Medicine physician, to ensure you or your loved one is receiving the latest and most comprehensive treatment options.  While you are recovering, our Sports Medicine physician may recommend treatment from a multi-specialty team.  We work closely with many local specialists who can complement concussion treatment from our Sports Medicine physician.
 
 
SPORTS PHYSICALS
Pre-participation physical exams, commonly referred to as "Sports Physicals," are a prerequisite to participate in organized sports.  They are also a good idea for anyone who is wanting to get back into exercising after not being active for a period of time.  Especially for those who have chronic medical problems, pre-participation physical exams may help to ensure you are safe to participate in sports and exercise.  Our Primary Care Sports Medicine physician may also work with you to prescribe an individualized plans for returning to exercise.  Our practice offers pre-participation physical exams year-round for athletes and active people of all ages.  
 
 
MEET OUR SPORTS MEDICINE SPECIALIST
Dr. Mark Christensen is board-certified in both Family Medicine and Primary Care Sports Medicine.  An athlete himself, Dr. Christensen enjoys working with athletes of all levels and backgrounds, from professional athletes to "weekend warriors" and those who would like to become active again.  He is team physician for several local high schools - Rock Canyon, Douglas County and Castle View and works closely with those Athletic Trainers to keep athletes healthly and get back to competition as quickly as possible.  
 
 
PROCEDURES WE PERFORM
Some common Sports Medicine procedures we perform include:
 
Injection therapy:
-Steroid 
-Trigger Point
-Viscosupplementation 
 
Ultrasound-Guided Injection
 
Prolotherapy (commonly referred to as "dry needling")
 
 
LINKS
 
HEADS UP to Brain Injury: https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/index.html