At SCL Health Medical Group – Montana Orthopedics our skilled sports injury team with Dr. Nick DiGiovine and Melissa Blue, NP treat all levels and ages of athletes: fitness enthusiasts and weekend warriors; youth athletes participating in school sports; amateur or professional athletes competing in team or individual sports.

Anyone who is physically active is inevitably subject to a sports-related injury. Injuries can be the result of an accident, overuse, poor mechanics, faulty or inadequate equipment, or simply bad luck. In any case, it’s never fun to be sidelined from doing what you love.

Our goal is to get you back to your game as quickly and safely as possible, returning you to your previous level of play – or better. Our sports medicine specialists have many years of experience diagnosing and treating a wide range of sports-related injuries from head to toe. Some of the most common athletic injuries include:

  • ACL tears

  • PCL tears/ MCL and LCL Injuries

  • Meniscal tears

  • Cartilage tears

  • Sprains and strains

  • Overuse injuries / tendonitis

  • Concussions

  • Arthroscopy of the knee, or shoulder

  • Achilles Tendon Rupture

  • Ankle sprain and instability

  • Shoulder instability / dislocation

  • Shoulder Impingement

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Rotator cuff tear

  • Tennis elbow

  • Labrum tear of the shoulder or hip

  • Golfer’s elbow

  • Pitcher’s elbow

  • Shin splints

  • Iliotibial band syndrome

  • Patellar tendon tear

  • Patellofemoral (kneecap) pain

  • Hamstring muscle injuries

Not only will we help you recover from an athletic injury, but also teach you how to prevent the injury from happening again. Injury prevention includes:

  • Educating you about why and how your injury occurred

  • Understanding body mechanics

  • Sport-specific tips for strength training, conditioning, and proper technique

Overuse and fatigue are some of the most common reasons for sports-related injuries. Continuing physical activity when your body is weak or in pain is never smart, and “pushing through it” can only lead to injury and a longer time off for recovery than proactively taking time to rest and recharge your body. In addition, our sports medicine program features:

  • Orthopedic urgent care

  • Sports physicals

  • Physical Therapy

  • Athletic Training outreach in area High Schools and at community events

Under the direction of Dr. Nick DiGiovine, the Montana Sports Medicine program provides certified athletic trainers to high school programs throughout southwest Montana. Dr. DiGiovine is also the team physician for Montana Tech and the University of Montana Western. You will see him and Melissa Blue, NP on the sidelines.

Dr. Nick DiGiovine makes return-to-play decisions for injured athletes, performs pre-participation sports physicals. He works closely with all Sports trainers and our team orthopedic surgeons to coordinate care necessary to get the athlete to return-to play.

To schedule an appointment with one of our sports injury specialists, call us today at (406) 496-3400 or request an appointment online.