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Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine is a branch of medicine that deals with physical fitness and the treatment and prevention of related to sports and exercise.

Specializing in the treatment of athletes and other physically active individuals, sports and exercise medicine physicians have extensive education in musculoskeletal medicine. SEM doctors treat injuries such as muscle, ligament, tendon and bone problems, but may also treat chronic illnesses that can affect physical performance, such as asthma and diabetes. SEM doctors also advise on managing and preventing injuries.

It’s important to note that you don’t have to be an athlete to be seen by a sports medicine doctor. If you have an injury that falls within the realm of their care you can be treated by and SEM doctor.

Here are examples of injuries treated by sports medicine doctors:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Fractures
  • Knee and shoulder injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Exercise-induced asthma
  • Heat illness
  • Concussions
  • Nutrition concerns
  • Cartilage injuries
  • Anterior cruciate ligament sprains/tears
  • Meniscal tears
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Shoulder separation
  • Stress fractures
  • Unstable kneecap
  • Shin splints
  • Tennis elbow (Lateral Epicodylitis)
  • Muscle cramps/strains

In addition, sports medicine doctors can provide advice on nutrition, supplements, exercise, and injury prevention.

Sports medicine doctors have special training to restore function to injured patients so they can get moving again as soon as possible. They are also knowledgeable about preventing illness and injury of inactive people. Although sports medicine doctors do work with professional athletes, they also treat children and teens involved in sports and adults who exercise for personal fitness, as well as people who have physically demanding jobs, like construction workers.

  • Identify the source of pain or acute injuries and present treatment options that will fit your personal health goals.
  • Diagnose and treat overuse injuries.
  • Design rehabilitation programs aimed at building strength and flexibility, which can minimize your risk of injury.
  • Analyze your body mechanics to prepare athletes to compete at an optimal level.
  • Educate patients on injury prevention.

Sports Medicine deals with active people regardless of age.  Whether you’re a student-athlete with a torn ACL needing anterior cruciate ligament surgery or a senior who wants to return to golf, the sports medicine experts can get you back in the game.

Sports medicine healthcare providers have special training to restore function to an injured patient so they can get moving again as soon as possible.