Sports Medicine Q&A

Sports Medicine services offered in Belle Meade, Nashville, TN

Sports injuries affect professional athletes and weekend warriors alike. At Advanced Sports Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, sports medicine specialist Jim Johnson, MD, can design an individualized plan to prevent and treat sports injuries in athletes of all ages. Dr. Johnson emphasizes the importance of early intervention and nonsurgical treatment to restore function to your area of injury and prevent new damage. To learn more, call Advanced Sports Medicine today or schedule an appointment online.

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is a medical specialty that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of athletic injuries. This branch of medicine also aims to promote peak athletic performance and prevent reinjury.


Whether you play for a professional sports team, are involved in community athletics, or simply like to maximize your time at the gym, Dr. Johnson offers comprehensive sports medicine care. 


Dr. Johnson has more than 15 years of experience in the nonsurgical treatment and prevention of sports injuries. He’s also a concussion specialist and national expert in swimming and running injuries.

What can sports medicine treat?

Dr. Johnson treats all types of sports injuries at Advanced Sports Medicine, including:

Pulled hamstring

The hamstring is part of a group of muscles that run down the back of your thigh. Soccer, basketball, and football players, as well as runners, are highly vulnerable to hamstring injuries. Pain from a pulled hamstring ranges from mild to severe, depending on the extent of the damage.

ACL injury

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) runs between the shinbone and thighbone. Sudden twisting motions during play commonly cause ACL injuries. If you have an ACL injury, stretching your leg can be painful. Early intervention is the best way to minimize your need for ACL reconstruction surgery.

Achilles tendonitis

The Achilles tendon runs from the back of your heel through your calf. Repetitive strain on the heel from running or jumping can damage the tendon. Without treatment, Achilles tendonitis can fully rupture.

Rotator cuff tear

The rotator cuff is the collection of tissues that keep your shoulder joint in place. Repetitive throwing and swinging can strain the rotator cuff. Over time, these damaged tissues may not be able to support your shoulder joint, increasing your risk of dislocation.

Tennis and golfer’s elbow

Tennis and golfer’s elbow damage the tissues outside and inside your elbow. Both conditions can cause pain that limits your ability to play.

What sports medicine treatments are available?

At Advanced Sports Medicine, Dr. Johnson has developed several proprietary programs to help athletes return to full form. He may include one or more of the following treatments in your personalized recovery plan:


  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Core stabilization
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Massage therapy
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory medications


To learn more about the sports medicine treatments available at Advanced Sports Medicine, call today or schedule an appointment online.