• Mallet Finger

    Case: 35 year old Volleyball playerReason for visit: DIP joint stuck in flexion with minor swelling after sustaining trauma to index finger while hitting a volleyballDiagnosis: Uncomplicated mallet finger Introduction: Mallet finger refers to an injury to the tendons of one of the fingers. In... Read more
  • Nail Detachment in Athletes

    What Is It?Onycholysis is the separation of the nail plate from the nail bed and can occur in fingernails or toenails.  It is generally painless and easily diagnosed due to the distinct whitish appearance of the separated nail.Believe it or not, it is actually a fairly common phenomenon.Most... Read more
  • Do you have pain in the groin area, experience stiffness, or limp?

    A 25 year old male athlete presented with pain in the groin area, exacerbated by golfing (esp. in the drawing out phase), and also when getting out of the golf cart. The pain was also present when the patient was changing the position from sitting to standing.History, physical and diagnostic tests... Read more
  • Stenosis of the Aortic Valve

    64 year old runner Heart Murmur discovered on physical examination IntroductionThere are four valves within the heart. One of these valves is known as the aortic valve.  Stenosis or narrowing of this valve is the most common cause of left ventricular outflow obstruction in both... Read more
  • Body Composition Techniques: Fool's Gold or Gold Standard

    Knowing your body composition is useful for several reasons, especially when trying to lose weight or train for an athletic event.  Many exercise physiologists would agree that tracking changes in percent body fat is essential to meeting weight and training goals.However, with all of the... Read more
  • High fat diet and athletic performance

    The idea of following a diet which is mainly packed with fatty foods has been around for a few years. There isn’t much evidence based research which would support this approach, until now. Dr. Jeff Volek is working on releasing the final results, but the preliminary data is very interesting.... Read more
  • Meniscal Tears

    Case: 50 year old competitive bowlerReason for visit: Pain and swelling of the medial kneeDiagnosis: Partial tear of the medial meniscus  AnatomyThere are two menisci contained within the knee joint. Menisci can be viewed as pads of fibrocartilage that help dissipate loading forces... Read more

Welcome to Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute!


Comprehensive Medical Care for the Athlete.  From the elite physiology of a Professional athlete to the severe medically ill, Dr Carfagno manages the spectrum of your health.  Created in a unique setting of Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine, along with a Metabolic  Physiological Lab, SSMI Redefines Primary Care.  

At Scottsdale Sports Medicine, it doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or a dedicated amateur--we believe every athlete deserves top of the line care. Dr. David Carfagno and his team are ready to help you take your health and fitness to the next level with a state of the art facility, cutting edge treatments and trusted techniques. We offer comprehensive care for the complete athlete, sports injury treatments including impact testing and orthopedic care, and metabolic programs to help you achieve and surpass your fitness goals.

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