At Active Orthopaedics P.C., Dr. Michael Kaplan and Dr. Erik Carlson are committed to the timely treatment of orthopaedic injuries in our local high school and college athletes in the Middlebury and greater Waterbury, Connecticut areas. Prompt evaluation by one of the orthopaedic providers will ensure proper treatment and maximize the chances of getting back into the game quickly and safely. Both Dr. Kaplan and Dr. Carlson have training and experience in treating high school, college, and professional athletes.
The first line of treatment is usually the high school or college trainer. Often simple sprains and strains can be quickly identified and treated on the sideline. If pain persists or if there is any question of whether the athlete should continue to play, a prompt evaluation by one of the experienced providers at Active Orthopaedics P.C. should be considered. The providers and the staff at Active Orthopaedics even have dedicated extended office hours on specific days during high volume times of the year (i.e. Football season) to accommodate last-minute appointments. This schedule may vary so please check with the staff.
The basis for treatment of most mild athletic injuries is rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Often anti-inflammatory medications can also be helpful for reducing symptoms such as pain or swelling. In moderate injuries, such as an ankle sprain, the addition of an exercise or therapy program may be beneficial in returning the athlete to full strength more quickly and possibly lessen the chances for re-injury. In severe injuries, such as ACL tears, many patients may benefit from surgery to return them to a highly competitive level.
Most common injuries, such as sprains, strains, and contusions may only require a short time away from practicing or competing at a full level. The amount of time away from sports depends on the type and severity of the injury. Dr. Kaplan and Dr. Carlson will work with each patient individually to form a treatment plan to return to sports quickly and safely.
At Active Orthopaedics, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
"Dr. Carlson was courteous and practical, and ready to propose options. Despite the late Friday hour, he also spent extra time with me to discuss about other concerns."
"I'm walking better than I have in months after my knee surgery. I'd definitely see Dr. Kaplan again should the need arise."