Dean Sports Medicine
Scheduling an Appointment
(608) 294-6090 (Madison area) or
(608) 741-2950 (Janesville area).
Dean Sports Medicine physicians work with Dean Orthopedic Surgeons to provide specialty care for children and adults who have sports-related injuries or exercise-related medical problems.
Our specialists provide comprehensive evaluations and recommend a course of treatment that best suits a person's lifestyle and activities, with the goal of healing injuries, preventing future injury or damage, and increasing function, mobility and strength.
Sports Medicine Services
Dean Sports Medicine physicians have a primary specialty in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or Family Medicine, and have completed a fellowship or certification in Sports Medicine. They specialize in treatment of many sports injuries, and promote overall athletic fitness and injury prevention. They can also expedite referrals to orthopedic surgeons when necessary.
They provide care in the following areas:
- Acute injuries (such as ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee and shoulder injuries, and fractures)
- Overuse injuries (such as tendonitis, stress fractures)
- Athletes with chronic or acute illness (such as asthma or diabetes)
- Shortness of breath with activity
- Nutrition, supplements and performance issues
- Exercise counseling
- Injury prevention
- "Return to play" decisions in the sick or injured athlete
- Strength training and conditioning
- Healthy lifestyle promotion
Orthopedic Surgery Services
Dean Orthopedic Surgeons see patients who are referred by sports medicine physicians or primary care physicians for surgical treatment of sports-related conditions and injuries.
As a service related to Sports Medicine, they specialize in:
- Surgical evaluations for exercise-related problems
- Arthroscopic surgery
- Knee and hip reconstruction
- Joint reconstruction or replacement
- Ligament reconstruction, tendon transfers
- Compound fractures and trauma care
A concussion is an injury to the brain that results from a direct blow to the head, face, neck or other body part that transmits force to the head. It can temporarily affect how your brain works and is common among athletes.
Below is a list of common concussion symptoms. If you suspect that your child has had a concussion, seek medical assistance immediately.
- Appears dazed or confused
- Confusion about assignment or position
- Forgets an instruction
- Unsure of game, score or opponent
- Clumsy movement
- Answers questions slowly
- Loses consciousness (even briefly)
- Mood, personality, or behavior changes
- Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
- Can’t recall events after hit or fall
Symptoms reported by athlete
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Double or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to noise
- Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
- Concentration or memory problems
- Does not “feel right” or is “feeling down”
If your child experiences any of the following
symptoms at any point during the concussion recovery
process, immediately seek emergency or urgent
- Headaches that worsen
- Look of being very drowsy or can’t be awakened
- Inability to recognize people or places
- Neck pain
- Repeated vomiting
- Increasing confusion or irritability
- Unusual behavioral change
- Slurred speech
- Weakness or numbness in arms and/or legs
- Change in state of consciousness
How to heal from a concussion?
Following a concussion, rest is the first step to
recovery. Stimulus-free rest allows the brain to focus its
energy on healing rather than other tasks. Achieving a
restful state means powering down the electronics.
As concussion symptoms improve, mental tasks (like
homework) can be reintroduced in small amounts. As
symptoms like those mentioned above continue to
improve, then the workload can be gradually increased
over time. Eventually, a Return-to-Play plan can be
started after consulting your child’s doctor.