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Sports Injuries Specialist

David N Westerdahl, MD -  - Sports Medicine Physician

Sports Health Northwest, Inc

David N Westerdahl, MD

Sports Medicine Physician & Non-Operative Orthopaedic Specialist located in Portland, OR

Being physically active is good for your health but increases your risk of sports injuries. At Sports Health Northwest, Inc, David Westerdahl, MD, treats all types of sports injuries. The sports medicine physician provides comprehensive care for athletes and active individuals at all skill levels. For expert care, call the office located in The Graham Clinic in Portland, Oregon, or book an appointment online today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are some common sports injuries?

Dr. Westerdahl is an experienced and skilled sports medicine physician. At Sports Health Northwest, Inc, he treats all types of sports injuries.

Common types of sports injuries include:

  • Tendonitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tendon tears
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome
  • Meniscus tears
  • Kneecap injuries
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Shoulder or hip labral tear
  • Stress fractures
  • Contusions
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sports-related concussion (SRC)
  • Herniated disc


Dr. Westerdahl also treats arthritis, which causes joint pain and inflammation. Athletes with a history of joint injury may be at greater risk of developing arthritis in that damaged joint later in life. 

When should I seek help for sports injuries?

You should schedule a consultation at Sports Health Northwest, Inc for your sports injury right away. Continuing to work out or participate in games with an injury may worsen your condition or lead to other damage.

Even if you have a minor sports injury, Dr. Westerdahl can provide care to enhance healing and potentially prevent a recurrence. 

Dr. Westerdahl treats people who play all types of sports, from baseball to cycling to soccer. Whether you belong to an organized team or play for fun, he can provide the care you need. 

How are sports injuries treated?

Dr. Westerdahl takes a patient-centered approach to care. Treatment for your sports injury depends on the location and type of injury, severity of symptoms, the kind of sport you play, your usual workout routine, and your overall health.

In addition to anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy, he also offers many innovative treatments for sports injuries to enhance healing, reduce pain, and restore function, including:

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

PRP is a type of regenerative medicine containing a high concentration of your body’s natural healing powers: platelets, growth factors, and stem cell markers. Dr. Westerdahl uses PRP injections to accelerate the healing process. 

Bone marrow aspirate (BMA)

With BMA, Dr. Westerdahl extracts stem cells from your bone marrow and injects them into your injured tissue. Stem cells are blank cells that can transform into bone or muscle cells, which support the healing of your injury.

Alpha 2 macroglobulin (A2M) injection

Dr. Westerdahl injects A2M, a substance found in your blood, to treat knee injuries and potentially prevent knee osteoarthritis. 

Percutaneous tenotomy or fasciotomy

For damaged tendons and muscles, Dr. Westerdahl offers percutaneous tenotomy or fasciotomy. During this minimally invasive procedure, he uses advanced tools and techniques to remove the damaged tissue without harming the healthy tissue. 

Don’t let your sports injury keep you from an active lifestyle. Call Sports Health Northwest, Inc, or schedule an appointment online today.