Sports Medicine

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Dr. Shelley McDonald specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) with a unique approach to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports injuries.



She completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Cleveland Clinic.  During the fellowship, she had a chance to directly treat athletes from the high school to professional levels. She was a team physician for Padua High School and Baldwin Wallace College in Cleveland. In addition, she had the unique opportunity to work on the sidelines and treat professional athletes on the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team and the Cleveland Indians baseball teams.

As a marathon runner and sports enthusiast herself, Dr. McDonald is focused on alleviating musculoskeletal pain brought on by activity. She has a specific interest and experience in treating injuries in endurance athletes, specifically female distance runners. During her residency training at Stanford, she helped conduct research on stress fractures in female distance runners and had several articles published in major journals on this topic.

Dr. McDonald also specializes in performing joint injections, including the use of viscosupplementation (Synvisc/Orthovisc) to alleviate knee pain. Additionally, she is skilled in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnosing injuries.

Injuries treated: 

– Acute or chronic musculoskeletal injuries ( ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee , shoulder, elbow injuries, etc)

– Overuse injuries (rotator cuff and other forms of tendonitis, stress fractures or stress reactions)

Other skills:

– Exercise therapy prescriptions and referral for sport-specific rehab

– Injury prevention education

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