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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Sports/Musculoskeletal Clinic

The UC Davis Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers care to patients with a wide array of injuries to the musculoskeletal system.  Whether working with professional sports teams or  weekend warriors, our staff is expertly trained in rehabilitation to return to pre-injury level or above, whenever possible.  Our physicians have worked with professional, collegiate, amateur, elite and all other levels of competitive and weekend athletes.  Injuries treated by the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation include those due to overuse (carpal tunnel syndrome, patellofemoral syndrome, tennis elbow, arthritis, etc) or other trauma including ACL tears, meniscus tears, rotator cuff tears, ankle sprains or muscle strains. 

 Our UC Davis physiatrists are Board-Certified specialists in sports medicine.  They are well versed in related fields of physical therapy, occupational therapy, mobilization techniques, nutrition and sports psychology as they relate to sports injury and the biomechanics of recovery.  They work closely with therapists, trainers, nutritionists, psychologists and other allied health professionals such as chiropractors, both locally and nationally, to obtain an optimal outcome.  When rehabilitation alone does not result in an acceptable recovery, they are also familiar with the latest injections and surgical techniques and can seamlessly make referrals to surgical specialists where needed.

 UC Davis physiatrists are part of the UC Davis Sports Medicine Program and collaborate very closely with the Departments of Family Practice, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Radiology, and any other service needed to achieve optimal recovery from injuries, appropriate surgical treatments, and prevention of re-injury.

Clinic staff

Our rehabilitation staff is trained to care for patients with who suffer from musculoskeletal disorders.  Our staff includes physiatrists and therapists who will work with the patient to develop a rehabilitation program structured around the specific needs and problems that face the patient.

What to expect

  • A physical examination and a detailed medical history assessment
  • Work with physician and therapists to design an individualized program to reduce pain, improve mobility and reduce risk of further injury

Services and treatments available

  • Supervised exercise

  • Postural training

  • Splinting or bracing

  • Ergonomic recommendations

  • Evaluation of sports and training programs

  • Acupuncture

  • Standard and ultrasound guided injections including:

    • Steroid/Cortisone

    • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

    • Autologous blood

    • Local anesthetic

    • Theraputic saline

    • Hyaluronate/viscosupplementation

Contact and referral information

Health care professionals who wish to refer a patient to the UC Davis Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic should call (800) 4-UCDAVIS or (800) 482-3284. Patients who would like more information about the clinic should call (916) 734-7041.