Sports Medicine, Wilmington, NC | Carolina Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Specialists

We are happy to announce that Doug Messina, MD, and Shawn Fitzgerald, PA-C, are now seeing patients at our Oak Island satellite office, along with Dr. Fortun!

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Get Back in the Game

Bone, joint and musculoskeletal pain shouldn’t stop you from living life to its fullest. At Carolina Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Specialists, P.A. (CSM), we treat a wide variety of orthopedic and sports medicine conditions using surgical and non-surgical treatments to reduce pain, restore function and optimize health.

With offices in Wilmington and Whiteville we are ready to serve you.

Carolina Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Specialists

Sports Medicine

Sports medicine addresses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of injuries sustained while participating in sports or exercise. Orthopedic surgeons, physician assistants and certified athletic trainers comprise our comprehensive care approach.

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We offer a wide range of therapies and treatments to manage all types of joint and muscle injuries resulting from sports, slips and falls, arthritis, aging, and general wear and tear. We can successfully remedy your pain and return you to an active lifestyle.

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Total Joint Replacement

Dr. Craig Lippe is Carolina Sports Medicine’s Board Certified Joint Replacement Specialist. With over 13 years' experience in Wilmington and the surrounding areas, Dr. Lippe has successfully performed thousands of total joint replacements. This has made him a leading provider in adult reconstructive care.

Our Team

The physicians and physician assistants of Carolina Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Specialists are among the region’s leading experts in all areas of sports medicine and orthopedics care. From diagnosis of your injury to follow-up care, we make sure your treatment is successful.

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Why Choose Us

Carolina Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Specialists was founded by David Esposito, MD, in 1995. Our comprehensive treatment, excellent medical doctors, and staff that is polite, caring, and efficient put our level of service a step ahead of the rest in the region. We put our patients at ease and make them feel comfortable at every stage of the process. Patient education is key at CSM. Being sure you are fully informed on diagnosis and treatment options not only helps you make educated decisions, it prepares you mentally for treatment and can help reduce any anxiety you might have related to your condition.

Carolina Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Specialists

Patient Education

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Carolina Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Specialists
Carolina Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Specialists