Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Physician in Panama City, FL

As the first sports medicine specialist in Bay County, Dr. James Talkington has been treating athletes of all ages and abilities in Panama City since opening Florida Sportsmedicine and Orthopaedics in 1989.

Whether you are a busy working adult who exercises to be fit and healthy, a middle or high school athlete participating in sports, or a retiree who enjoys the occasional round of golf, Dr. Talkington can evaluate and treat all types of sports injuries affecting your joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Many sports-related injuries can be treated conservatively, with rest, medication, injections, or physical therapy. Others, such as complete tendon tears, may require surgery.

As a fellowship-trained sports medicine physician, Dr. Talkington received advanced training in surgery for sports injuries, with expertise in upper extremity injuries (shoulder and elbow). He regularly uses arthroscopy (minimally invasive surgery) to repair rotator cuff tears and fix chronic tennis elbow that won’t respond to conservative treatment. He has also worked with orthopedic companies to develop new techniques for arthroscopic procedures.

Learn more below about the conditions we treat here at Florida Sportsmedicine and the treatment options available.


The most movable joint in the body, the shoulder is also one of the most potentially unstable joints and is especially susceptible to being injured during sports. The shoulder joint is made up of bones held in place by muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Many shoulder problems are caused by the breakdown of soft tissues in the shoulder region.

Shoulder Conditions and Treatments

Elbow & Wrist

In sports, elbow and wrist injuries are most commonly associated with repetitive motion activities such as swinging a tennis racket and throwing a baseball. The elbow is made up of the humerus (upper arm bone), the ulna (larger of the lower arm bones), and the radius (the smaller in bone in the lower arm), while the wrist is comprised of a collection of bones and joints, along with a network of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves.

Elbow Conditions and Treatments

Wrist Conditions and Treatments


The knees provide stable support for the body. Your knee joint is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments and fluid. Muscles and tendons help the knee joint move. Sports-related knee injuries are commonly caused as a result of sudden twisting or stopping, repetitive motion, or a hard impact.

Knee Conditions and Treatments

Foot & Ankle

The feet and ankles are comprised of numerous small bones and joints, along with a web of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. They withstand hundreds of pounds of force and motion each day, especially during sports. Athletes who are most susceptible to foot and ankle injuries include runners and anyone who participates in a sport that involves running or constantly being on your feet.

Foot & Ankle Conditions and Treatments

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

To help diagnose sports injuries, Dr. Talkington often uses musculoskeletal ultrasound, which is an in-office imaging technique for viewing soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage that cannot be seen on X-rays. In some cases it can eliminate the need for an MRI.

Ultrasound is an excellent tool for diagnosing the cause of real-time tendon and ligament pain. While we perform an ultrasound, you can point to where you’re hurting, and we can immediately get a look at that exact area as you’re moving and experiencing the pain. Many times, a patient’s pain seems to have no clear cause, but diagnostic ultrasound allows us an in-depth look at injuries, detecting tiny tears that an MRI might miss.

In addition, Dr. Talkington uses ultrasound guidance to administer injections to the optimal spot for healing. There is no radiation involved with ultrasounds, so they are safe for people with pacemakers, spinal cord stimulators, and other medical devices that cannot handle the radiation of other diagnostic tools.

If you have suffered a sports injury, turn to Panama City’s expert. Schedule an appointment with Dr. James Talkington today. Call (850) 763-0346 or you can request an appointment online. Dr. Talkington will relieve your pain and get you back to your sport or fitness activities in no time.

Florida Sports Medicine & Orthopedics