Combining decades of experience in sports medicine along with advanced regenerative medicine techniques, the team at Valley Sports Physicians is ready to help you live, work, and play free from chronic pain. Whether you’re a current athlete, former athlete, or fantasy athlete, we can determine the root cause of your joint, muscle, or tendon pain and treat it directly so that it goes away and stays gone for years to come. Your best years are ahead of you, and we’ll make sure of it!
When you become our patient, you’ll gain access to a unique level of expertise you just won’t find anywhere else. Both Dr. Tortland and Dr. LaVallee have completed sports medicine fellowships and treated all levels of athletes for years, and Dr. Tortland is the first physician to be certified in regenerative medicine by both the Academy and Board of Regenerative Medicine. This level of training guarantees you’ll enjoy a smooth experience and excellent results no matter what brings you through our doors.Meet Your Doctors
Dr. Tortland and Dr. LaVallee are proud Connecticut natives who are thrilled to have the opportunity to serve their friends and neighbors on a daily basis here at Valley Sports Physicians. Both are graduates of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and Dr. Tortland even taught at the Avery Point campus before attending medical school. They truly care about this community because they and their families are a part of it. With them, you can trust that your experience and satisfaction will always be their top priority.Meet Your Doctors
For decades, Dr. Paul Tortland has been an in-demand speaker and educator in the fields of sports and regenerative medicine. Dr. LaVallee as well as Dr. Tortland have also served as team physicians for a number of prominent sports organizations, including the US Figure Skating Team. Dr. Tortland is highly-respected by his peers not just for the quality of his care, but his ability to communicate as well. Through his time speaking at countless schools, training seminars, and conferences, he has taught thousands of future doctors and also refined his own knowledge, allowing him to constantly integrate the latest findings and groundbreaking research into our practice.Meet Your Doctors
While sports medicine was initially designed to help athletes perform at their best while preventing and overcoming injury, pretty much anyone dealing with a chronic musculoskeletal problem can benefit from it. It uses non-invasive treatments that help a patient heal, stop pain, and continue on with their life without having to undergo invasive procedures or spend a lot of time recovering, which can help tremendously whether you’re a high-level athlete, young professional, or stay-at-home parent.
All sports medicine physicians have to graduate from medical school in order to treat patients, but after that, they have the opportunity to complete a dedicated, multi-year sports medicine fellowship. Not all sports physicians do this, but both Dr. Tortland and Dr. LaVallee have. This gave them specific training on diagnosing and treating the types of injuries that sports medicine focuses on, specifically those that affect the muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments.
Sports medicine is considered a discipline that falls within orthopedic medicine. They both focus on treating injuries involving the musculoskeletal system, but they tend to go about it in different ways. While traditional orthopedic medicine might use methods such as joint replacement or tendon repair surgery, a sports physician might recommend physical therapy, activity modification, or exercises that help an athlete deal with the demands on their body that are specific to their sport. While both approaches have the same end goal (long-term pain relief and full function), sports medicine often allows a patient to continue with their life with minimal interruption. With sports medicine, an athlete can continue playing, or someone can continue working, while being treated (which usually isn’t possible after undergoing surgery).
Injuries that affect the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints can all be diagnosed and effectively treated by a sports physician. This includes strains, sprains, partial tears, impingements, nerve entrapment, and more. Acute injuries like those resulting from an accident can be addressed as well as chronic, ongoing problems like persistent back and neck pain.
“I was bounced around from specialist to specialist each time receiving a different diagnosis and inadequate treatment… I was lucky to have found Dr. Tortland. Dr. Tortland took the time to listen to my history, formulate, and carry out a treatment plan. For three and a half years I was seeking treatment for knee pain that crippled my once active lifestyle. After several rounds of treatment from Dr. Tortland and staff I have been able to snowboard, ride my bike, practice martial arts and even complete a triathlon. There is zero doubt in my mind that is the direct result of treatment from this clinic.”
“Dr. Tortland explained the treatment with great care, and I understood exactly what the procedure entailed. Best of all, I am fortunate to have even better results than he anticipated. Before treatment, I needed to use two hands to help me bring one leg up a stair. Now, I have no difficulty! In June I was able to walk 2100 steps in one day. The stem cell treatment has given me my life back.“
“These doctors are excellent. I have been going to Dr. Tortland and his associate Dr. LaVallee for about 4 years now. I ruptured my ACL over 30 years ago and it wasn't repaired due to complications. Over the years my cartilage has worn and is mostly gone now. My orthopedic surgeon wanted to replace my knee. Not wanting the surgery yet, I started going to Dr. Tortland. With his guided injections, I am nearly pain free and ski every weekend in the winters. I also have injections in most of my other joints and all my joints have improved. This group has done wonders in reversing my aging joints and more.”