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Sports Medicine

Whether you are an Olympic skier, a recreational athlete or an active older adult. Anyone can sprain an ankle, dislocate their shoulder, or suffer an ACL tear.

Make Every Move Count

MaineHealth Orthopedics and Sports Medicine - South Portland is your expert source for individualized attention to sports injuries. Our experience, advanced medical technology and supportive care can help you return you to your busy life and make the most of every move.

From concussion management and soft tissue injections, to surgical treatment of knee, hip and other joint injuries, our sports medicine team is the most experienced in the state. Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to providing you and your family with the best possible care.

Keeping Knees Healthy

Healthy knees are an important part of staying active. Listen to our own Dr. Lincoln Avery talk about the newest happenings in the area of knee injury prevention in maine magazine's 'Keeping Knees Healthy' series.

Our rehabilitation specialists offer post-operative and non-operative treatment for conditions involving the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, foot and ankle, and spine. Our fully-equipped facility includes an anti-gravity treadmill, a Woodway treadmill, a TechnoBody balance and stabilization system, IASTM tools, Shuttle systems, Life Fitness resistance and cardio equipment, and more to ensure your fast and safe recovery. Services include:

  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)—specially designed tools to increase movement in scar tissue and myofascial adhesions. Our specialty-certified clinicians utilize several IASTM tools and techniques, including the Graston method.
  • Manual Therapy—specialized area of physical therapy utilized in the management of musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Dry Needling—technique physical therapists use for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a "dry" needle, without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle.
  • Kinesio Tape—flexible enough for rehabilitation, durable enough to support working muscles and strong enough for athletes at any level. The tape provides optimized stimulation which allows the body’s natural healing power to do its work.
  • Vasopneumatic Devices (cold therapy)—reduces inflammation and swelling, decreases muscle spasms and can help relieve pain without narcotics. Cold therapy can be used immediately following injury or surgery and as-needed after that.
  • Video Gait Analysis—uses slow motion video to identify abnormalities in your gait cycle while walking or running that may be contributing to pain and/or performance barriers.
  • Concussion Rehabilitation—because no two concussions are the same, a physical therapist will examine you and prescribe a routine to address your particular symptoms and day-to-day needs.
  • Biofeedback Training—helps refine movement to help you achieve your goals. This technique helps patients learn to recognize and manage their own body signs.
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFRT)—training method for the development of muscle strength and growth.
  • Return to Running—physical therapists advise runners on proper form, training methods, strategies for preventing injuries and proper shoe selection. Therapists work with patients to develop a successful running plan that is tailored to their specific needs. Physical therapists can also evaluate, diagnose and treat runners who have sustained a running-related injury.
  • Throwing Analysis—throwing, for example, baseball pitching, is one of the most intensely studied athletic motions. A physical therapist can help analyze your throwing mechanics from head to toe and develop a program to help improve any deficiencies that have been noted.
  • Golf Assessments—our golf program has been qualified as a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). TPI is a PGA and LPGA approved, golf-specific training program that identifies physical limitations that may be contributing to swing flaws, injuries, and higher scores. Our providers will evaluate upper/lower body flexibility, posture, core stability, balance, and golf-specific mobility.
  • Bike Fit Analysis—we can adjust your bike to help prevent injuries, increase efficiency and comfort and improve performance.

Our sports psychology services focus on helping you get back to your optimal level of functioning, whether that’s in sports, work, or general life. Being injured, no matter how severe, can bring up a lot of emotions. Our team is here to support your adjustment to injury from a mental health perspective. From concussions to post-surgical recovery to chronic pain, learning how to adjust and cope can be difficult. But you don’t have to go through it alone. 

We also serve athletes of all ages who are not injured, but struggle with the emotional side of competition. Sports can be inherently stressful as pressure and expectations can lead to intense anxiety and negative self-judgment. Individuals are able to explore these issues in a safe, empathetic environment and learn skills related to “mental toughness” that allow them to overcome these struggles.

Areas Addressed:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Concussion-related adjustment issues
  • Post-surgery or injury-related adjustment issues
  • Chronic pain
  • PTSD

Conditions commonly treated include:

  • Knee pain, stiffness and injuries to the knee
    • ACL injuries
    • patellofemoral syndrome
    • knee ligament injuries
    • patellar subluxation
    • knee arthrofibrosis (knee stiffness)
    • knee osteoarthritis
    • meniscus injuries
    • patellar tendinitis
    • quadriceps tendinitis
  • Hip pain
    • femoroacetabular impingement and labrum tears of the hip
    • greater trochanteric pain syndrome
    • hip sprains and strains
    • bursitis
    • athletic pubalgia (sports hernia)
    • hip osteoarthritis
  • Shoulder injuries, pain, and stiffness
    • rotator cuff injuries
    • shoulder instability
    • shoulder impingement
    • adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
    • tears of the labrum (i.e. SLAP and Bankart lesions)
    • shoulder osteoarthritis
    • scapular dyskinesis
    • Thoracic Outlet Compression Syndrome (TOCS)
  • Elbow pain and injuries
    • tennis elbow
    • golfer’s elbow
    • pronator teres syndrome
    • UCL injuries
    • elbow osteoarthritis
  • Head and neck injuries and pain
    • concussion
    • neck pain
    • degenerative disc disease
    • herniated disc
    • nerve impingement
    • facet joint pain/dysfunction
    • Thoracic Outlet Compression Syndrome (TOCS)
    • cervicogenic headaches
  • Low back pain
    • degenerative disc disease
    • acute low back pain
    • low back strains
    • SI Joint pain and dysfunction
    • nerve entrapment
    • herniated disc
  • Foot and ankle pain and injuries
    • ankle sprains
    • Achilles tendinitis
    • sesamoiditis
    • plantar fasciitis
    • running injuries to foot
    • ankle osteoarthritis


    Greely High School
    Scarborough High School
    Bonny Eagle High School
    Cheverus High School
    Gorham High School
    Gray-New Gloucester High School
    Southern Maine Community College
    University of Southern Maine
    Red Claws
    Maine Mayhem
    Global Premier Soccer (GPS)
    US Women's Hockey
    US Women's Alpine Ski Team
    US Women's Nordic Ski Team
    Portland Youth Football
    Yarmouth High School
    Portland Rugby
    Portland Boxing Club
    Patriot Soccer Club

Contact Us

MaineHealth Orthopedics and Sports Medicine - South Portland

119 Gannett Drive
South Portland, ME 04106
Phone: 207-773-0040