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Total Orthopedics and Sports Medicine | Pittsburgh, PA

Total Knee Replacements, Hip Replacements, Shoulder Replacements & More 

Sports related injuries may be common, but that doesn’t mean you or your doctor should neglect to take them seriously. A sports injury can do more than just take you out of the game: if you’re a high school or college athlete, you may lose certain opportunities as a result of your injury or condition. If your injury is highly severe, it can even begin to interfere with you going about your daily life, even performing simple tasks required of you at home, work or school. 

Fortunately, the world of sports medicine has strongly benefitted from the research and technology of the 21st century, and Dr. Rytel is highly trained and specialized in providing a variety of cutting-edge solutions for a wide range of sports-related conditions. Using his personalized approach to sports medicine, Dr. Rytel will work alongside you to develop a treatment plan that accounts for your unique goals and is designed to ultimately get you back in the game at full capacity, as quickly and effectively as possible.

No one should have to be sidelined from life or from sports by an injury sustained during athletic activity. That’s why Dr. Michael Rytel is proud to offer his services as the best sports medicine specialist near Pittsburgh, PA If you need a sports orthopedic surgeon near Pittsburgh who will diagnose your condition with accuracy and provide one-on-one, compassionate care from that point onward, don’t wait for your pain to worsen to make the call. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Rytel today.


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Sports Medicine Surgeon - Brackenridge, PA

The decision to undergo surgery to treat a sports related injury is not one any athlete makes likely, and as a sports medicine orthopedic specialist, Dr. Rytel knows it. Surgical correction has a bad reputation from being highly expensive, extremely painful, and resulting in a long recovery period that will prevent you from living your life as you’d like to, let alone being able to play your sport. That’s why Dr. Rytel always seeks to avoid unnecessary surgery whenever possible, offering minimally-invasive and non-invasive options for treatment where they’re applicable.

Sometimes, however, the type and severity of a sports related injury does necessitate surgery for a complete recovery that restores your function well enough to get you back on the field, in the pool, or wherever you play. Some of the most common surgical procedures Dr. Rytel performs on patients include:

  • Knee, shoulder and ankle arthroscopy
  • Cartilage restoration treatment
  • Treatment for concussions
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Repair of fractured bones
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction
  • Biceps tenodesis surgery
  • Tendon repair
  • Shoulder instability surgery

The job of a sports medicine specialist like Dr. Rytel is to have a wide range of experience diagnosing and treating any part of the body that might be affected during athletic activity. If you’re not getting the relief you need from more conservative treatments, it may be time to consider consulting Dr. Rytel and discussing whether or not surgery is right for you.

Sports Medicine Doctor - Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Rytel understands that not every orthopedic injury is a sports injury, and vice versa. Most any condition you receive as a result of athletic activity could also be sustained doing something else, or even as a result of natural wear and tear over a long period of time. Dr. Rytel has the capability, experience and specialized training to treat all of the above -- however, as a sports medicine specialist, he’s equipped to take extra special care for those whose ultimate recovery goals involve returning to a sport they love to play.

A sports medicine specialist like Dr. Rytel is specifically trained to understand both the circumstances in which you received your sports related injury and the trajectory you’ll need your treatment plan to take in order for your recovery to result in full sports capability. That’s why it’s important to trust in a compassionate, highly-trained specialist to develop a treatment plan with you and help you achieve your recovery goals.

Dr. Rytel provides sports medicine support to all kinds of athletes, from high school and college players to adults who play sports recreationally. If you’re ready to get up off the bench after your sports injury, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Rytel and coordinate your personalized treatment plan today.


Meet Dr. Rytel!

Provider, Michael Rytel, MD

Michael Rytel, MD

Board Certified Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Specialist
['Orthopaedic Surgery', 'Sports Medicine']
['Brackenridge, PA', 'Shadyside, PA']

Frequently Asked Questions

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is defined as any medical treatment that focuses specifically on physical injuries and conditions that occur as a result of athletic activities. 

What are the most common types of sports injuries? 

Some of the most common sports-related injuries Dr. Rytel treats include the following:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Torn muscles
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocated bones, particularly fingers and shoulders
  • Swollen muscles
  • Knee injuries
  • Achilles tendon ruptures
  • Rotator cuff injuries

Will I need physical therapy after my sports medicine procedure?

The answer is yes, without exception! Physical therapy is essential to making a full, effective, and quick recovery after any orthopedic surgery, especially those designed to get you back in the game at full capacity after a sports-related injury. You will likely even need to undergo physical therapy after an injury that doesn’t require surgery.

Is surgery always necessary for a sports-related injury?

No, not always. If Dr. Rytel is able to offer a non-invasive solution to your sports-related injury, such as a splint or simple physical therapy, he will certainly do so before he recommends an unnecessary, invasive surgery.