Sports Injury Specialist

Powell Orthopedics

Triple Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon located in Fayetteville and Bentonville, AR

Staying active by participating in sports delivers excellent physical benefits, which is why when you sustain an injury, the goal at Powell Orthopedics is to get you back in the game as soon as possible. As an orthopedist, Dr. Mark W. Powell understands the mechanics of the human body and works with his patients in Fayetteville and Bentonville, Arkansas, to not only quickly overcome sports injuries, but to prevent them from recurring. If you’ve been sidelined by a sports injury, call the office or book an appointment online to get treatment.

Sports Injury Q & A

What are the most common sports injuries?

Sports are a great way to stay in shape, both physically and mentally, but there are times when you’re taken out of the game by an injury. Some of the most common sports injuries are:

  • Ankle sprain
  • Groin pull
  • Hamstring sprain
  • ACL tear
  • Meniscus tear
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Tennis elbow

Sports injuries are generally a result of the stresses certain activities place on your musculoskeletal system, such as sudden stopping, twisting, overextension, collisions, or landing.

How are sports injuries treated?

Dr. Powell approaches each injury with the goal of delivering immediate care for the injury and relieving your symptoms, while also providing long-lasting protection against re-injury.

Most sports injuries involve soft tissue — your ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Less often, a sports injury results in a fracture or break in a bone.

It follows that treatment depends on the nature of the sports injury. After diagnosing the extent of the injury and reviewing your goals, Dr. Powell turns to a number of treatment solutions, including:

Nonsurgical care

In many cases, Dr. Powell can help you avoid surgery, especially if you seek prompt treatment, by using the following:

  • Rest
  • Medications
  • Splinting or orthotics
  • Physical therapy


While surgery may not seem like the ideal solution, modern technology has afforded Dr. Powell the opportunity to go in and treat your injury quickly and effectively. Using minimally-invasive arthroscopic techniques that cut down on the risk and downtime often associated with open surgery, Dr. Powell is often able to get you back to doing what you enjoy most in relatively little time.

You can rest assured that Dr. Powell is continually expanding his expertise to provide you with the most up-to-date medicine and techniques.

How can I protect myself against re-injury?

When Dr. Powell treats your sports injury, he does with an eye toward preventing re-injury. While his mission is always to get you back in the game, he ensures that you’re able to do so without the threat of further injury. To do this, Dr. Powell counts on you to participate in the process by:

  • Following the treatment protocols
  • Allowing time for your body to heal
  • Engaging in physical therapy

If you’ve been injured playing a sport, call Powell Orthopedics for comprehensive and long-lasting treatment. Or, schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.