Sports Medicine · Optimized

OC Sports and Wellness, situated in Foothill Ranch, Orange County, Southern California, is a medical practice that understands the particular needs of athletes.
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CONSISTENT

Reliable Professionalism: We uphold a standard of unwavering professionalism and remain dedicated to delivering a consistent, dependable experience for our patients. Providing medical services with genuine care is the cornerstone of our practice.

COMPASSIONATE

Passion for Healing: We are passionate about what we do, and our dedication shines through in the expert care we provide to our patients. We take the time to understand each patient, cater to their individual needs, and consistently exceed expectations. Building enduring relationships is at the heart of our caring approach.

CONTINUOUS

Expert Clinical Care: Our clinical team is committed to continuous education, staying updated with the latest sports medicine research and treatment insights. Dr. Sunshine offers over three decades of experience that ensures you receive the most current and effective techniques for your care.

INCLUSIVE

Athletes of All Kinds: Our practice serves individuals with diverse athletic abilities and attends to conditions and injuries arising from sports, work, and artistic performances. Some issues are common in sports, while others are specific to non-sport activities or lifestyles. We partner with other experts for patients of varying fitness levels and abilities to develop a targeted treatment plan.

INSPIRED

Dedicated to Excellence: Our unwavering commitment is to provide exceptional care, building trust and confidence with our patients as we collaborate to optimize their health. We lead by example, finding inspiration in practicing what we preach.

INNOVATIVE

Cutting-Edge Care: Our patients never have to worry about outdated care as we continually share with them the innovative approaches we incorporate. Innovative care delivers more value and higher satisfaction to our patients. We constantly look to the latest technology to offer state-of-the-art programs and services.

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Dedicated · Sports Medicine Doctor

OC Sports and Wellness has the inside track on sports-related issues, from preventing injuries to getting you back on your feet quickly. Whether you’re a pro athlete or a weekend warrior, we’ve got you.

The focus of our medical practice is on non-surgical, conservative treatments for a wide range of sports-related injuries and conditions, including concussions and injured shoulders, elbows, wrists, thumbs, hips, pelvis, knees, ankles, and feet:

  • Concussion diagnosis and management
  • Tendinitis
  • Partial tendon tears
  • Osteoarthritis – wrist, thumb, hip, knee, ankle
  • Ligament instability.
  • Partial rotator cuff tears of the shoulder
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis),
  • Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis),
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • and more…

When performance matters, having one doctor for multiple needs means your healthcare is in sync. Dr. Sunshine coordinates it all, working closely with other experts to give you top-notch care that’s effective and efficient.

Concussion Management
Concussions are common injuries in high school, college, and professional sports. They’re also known as mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI). Concussions usually happen when an athlete’s head collides with another player’s head, knee, shoulder, or the ground. They can also occur from a sudden head movement or being hit by a ball in sports like basketball or baseball.

If an athlete has a direct head injury and shows immediate signs of a concussion, they have a concussion. There are no specific tests or scans to confirm it; it’s all about the symptoms. Common symptoms include headaches, confusion, feeling tired, and trouble concentrating.

Sports Ultrasound Evaluations
Sports Ultrasound Evaluations

An ultrasound machine helps us see what’s under the skin. We often use it to look at developing babies and the heart. But in the last 20 years, we’ve started using ultrasound to see soft tissue injuries, like tendons, ligaments, and muscles. This lets us check injuries in real-time and start treatment quickly.

Dr. Sunshine also uses ultrasound to guide his injections for regenerative treatments. It helps him see where the needle is going and the structures underneath to be precise and give patients better results.

X-rays are still the best way to see bones, and MRIs are best for cartilage and joint issues. However, ultrasound is an excellent tool because it gives patients answers about their injuries immediately, without radiation.

Prolotherapy Injections

Prolotherapy is a medical procedure where a mixture of saltwater, numbing medicine (lidocaine), and a sugar solution (dextrose) is injected into damaged and painful joints, as well as partially torn tendons and ligaments. This injection helps trigger the body’s natural healing process.

Prolotherapy has been around for a long time and is effective in relieving pain and stiffness in joints and helping heal partially torn tendons and ligaments. I’ve been using this treatment since 2007, and most patients see improvements after 1-3 injections. The main goal of this treatment is to reduce pain and increase the function of the treated joint, tendon, or ligament.

Prolotherapy is suitable for both teenagers and adults who have injuries that aren’t getting better with rest, physical therapy, or other treatments. Patients who receive Prolotherapy are encouraged to continue or start therapy to strengthen and stabilize the injured area.

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Hyaluronic Acid Injections
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) injections are treatments for people with knee osteoarthritis (OA). OA is a condition that damages the knees, and many Americans have it. Various things can cause knee pain, and one of those things is OA. Doctors can find out if someone has OA by taking X-ray or MRI pictures of their knee joint.

HA is a natural joint lubricant that decreases as people get older. The HA used for these injections is a thick, see-through liquid put directly into the knee joint, often with the help of ultrasound. This treatment has been used for a long time to help with knee OA, and it’s safe and well-tolerated. Medicare pays for HA injections for knee OA; other insurance companies might cover them, too.

Platelet Rich Plasma Injections
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a medical treatment that takes a concentrated solution of platelets from your blood and injects it into your sore or injured joints, tendons, or ligaments. This helps your body heal and reduce pain. People have used PRP in dentistry and veterinary medicine for years, but it only started being used for muscle and joint problems in the early 2000s. Nowadays, PRP is also used in beauty treatments because it can help grow new cells.
PRP injections have become famous for treating painful joints and tendons in the sports world. Research shows that PRP can reduce pain and improve how these body parts work. It’s like another treatment called Prolotherapy, and both of them can reduce pain and lower the need for certain surgeries.
V02 Max Fitness Testing
VO2 Max, or maximal oxygen consumption, is about the most oxygen your body can use when you’re doing very tough exercise. It’s a great way to tell how fit your heart and lungs are. If you can use a lot of oxygen during strenuous exercise, you’ll have more energy. This test is the best way to check how well your heart and lungs can give your muscles the oxygen they need during long, challenging workouts.

We use a face mask to measure the air you breathe in and out during the test. It’s an accurate way to check your fitness level.

Here’s how the test works: You exercise on a treadmill or a bike, and the difficulty keeps going up every few minutes until you’re exhausted. We also figure out your highest heart rate from this test. This, along with your resting heart rate, helps us find the perfect heart rate range for your workouts, which is better than using age-based estimates. So, after the test, you’ll know how fit you are and how to get even fitter.

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