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The field of sports medicine consists of health care providers who work in synchrony to provide a “team approach” to achieve better health for the patient. At the head of this team of professionals is the physician who diagnoses the condition and directs the treatment plan.
Any doctor can claim to do "sports medicine," but only physicians specially trained in sports medicine are uniquely qualified truly to practice sports medicine.The evolving standard for sports medicine training is completion of a sports medicine fellowship. A fellowship is a specialized training program completed only after the physician has already done an internship and residency. For example, to become a cardiologist, you first complete a residency in internal medicine, and then you would do a fellowship in cardiology. The same is now true for sports medicine. While there may be many good sports medicine physicians who have not done fellowships, completion of a sports medicine fellowship assures you that the doctor has undertaken a comprehensive and advanced level of specialty training.
No, sports medicine physicians are ideal physicians for the non-athlete as well, and they are excellent resources for the individual who wishes to become active or begin an exercise program. For the “weekend warrior” or “industrial athlete” who experiences an injury, the same expertise used for the competitive athlete can be applied to return the individual as quickly as possible to full function.
Common examples of musculoskeletal problems include acute injuries such as ankle and knee sprains, muscle strains and shoulder dislocations, and overuse injuries such as tendonitis and stress fractures.
Returning to your normal activity will depend on many factors. Your doctor will evaluate you and your injury and discuss your goals. He will then develop a treatment plan specific to your needs with a goal of returning you to your normal activity level, prior to your injury.
You may be referred to us by your primary care physician, but you can all call the Sports Medicine practice directly if you have pain that limits your mobility and lifestyle.
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