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Orthopedic Service

Sports Medicine

We work with you to personalize your treatment plan and to identify your specific recovery goals. With over 30 years of combined experience, we will provide you with the best care possible to get you back on the field.
Don’t let your injuries hold you back from playing the sports you love. We offer a variety of treatment options to serve many types of sports-related injuries.

Our Specialties Include:

ACL & Meniscus Tears

An ACL tear is a complete or partial rupture of this ligament. It can happen due to sudden stopping, changing direction rapidly, landing awkwardly from a jump, or receiving a direct blow to the knee. A meniscus tear occurs when there is a tear or damage to one or both menisci cartilage discs.

Joint Dislocations

A joint dislocation occurs when the bones forming a joint are forced out of their normal position, resulting in the bones no longer articulating properly. This displacement disrupts the joint’s alignment and can cause damage to surrounding ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissues. Joint dislocations most commonly happen in the shoulders, elbows, fingers, hips, and knees.

Fractures

A bone fracture refers to a partial or complete break in the continuity of a bone. Fractures can occur due to various reasons, such as falls, direct blows, accidents, sports injuries, or underlying medical conditions that weaken the bones. The severity of a fracture can range from mild to severe, depending on the extent of the break and the involvement of surrounding tissues.

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rotator cuff injuries can vary in severity, ranging from mild inflammation (tendonitis) to partial tears or complete tears of the tendons. These injuries can be caused by acute trauma, repetitive overuse, or age-related degeneration.

Ligament & Tendon Tear

Ligaments are tough, fibrous connective tissues that connect bones to other bones, providing stability and support to the joints. When a ligament tear occurs, the fibers of the ligament are stretched or torn, which can lead to joint instability and pain. Tendons are tough, cord-like structures that connect muscles to bones, enabling movement and transmitting the forces generated by muscles to the bones they are attached to. Tendon tears can occur partially or completely, resulting in a loss of function and strength in the affected muscle.

Sprains

A sprain is a common injury that affects the ligaments, which are tough, fibrous tissues that connect bones to other bones and stabilize joints. Sprains occur when a ligament is stretched or torn, usually due to sudden twisting or overextension of a joint beyond its normal range of motion. Sprains commonly happen in the ankles, knees, wrists, and thumbs.

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Orthopedic Service

Work-Related Injuries

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OrthoDakota works with individuals who are affected by work-related injuries. We aim to treat work-related injuries by providing surgical and non-surgical treatment plans.

Common Injuries We Treat Include:

Overuse Injuries

An overuse injury is a type of injury that occurs when a specific part of the body is subjected to repetitive stress and strain over an extended period of time without adequate time for rest and recovery. This type of injury is often associated with activities that involve repetitive motions or actions, such as sports, exercises, or work-related tasks. Overuse injuries develop gradually and are characterized by damage to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, or other structures involved in the movement.

Fractures, Sprains, & Strains

Depending on your injury, our surgeons will evaluate the fracture, sprain, or strain to ensure you receive the proper care. Non-operative treatment is often all that is required. When surgery is needed, our fellowship-trained surgeons are ready with the latest surgical techniques to return you to the highest level of function possible. Contact us now to schedule an appointment.

Tendinitis

Tendinitis, also known as tendonitis, is a medical condition characterized by inflammation and irritation of a tendon. Tendons are tough, fibrous cords that connect muscles to bones, enabling the movement of joints. Tendinitis often occurs due to repetitive movements, overuse, or strain on a specific tendon. It can affect various parts of the body, such as the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles.

Rotator Cuff & Bicep Tears

Rotator cuff tears can range from partial tears, where only a portion of the tendon is affected, to full-thickness tears, where the entire tendon is severed from its attachment to the bone. A bicep tear typically refers to a tear or rupture of the biceps tendon, which connects the biceps muscle in the upper arm to the shoulder or elbow. The biceps muscle plays a role in bending the elbow and rotating the forearm.

Ligament & Tendon Tears

A ligament tear, also known as a sprain, occurs when the ligament is stretched beyond its normal range of motion or subjected to excessive force. This can result in partial or complete tearing of the ligament fibers. A tendon tear, also known as a tendon rupture, occurs when the tendon is torn or completely separated from either the muscle it’s connected to or the bone it’s anchored to. Tendon tears can result from sudden trauma, chronic overuse, or degenerative changes in the tendon. They can be partial or complete.

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Matt Friederichs, MD

Dr. Matt Friederichs is a board-certified fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder and knee surgery.

Education

  • Sports Medicine Fellowship: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • General Surgeon Internship: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Medical School: University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
  • Undergraduate: University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

Professional Memberships

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons