Finding the right balance between Sport Medicine and a Orthopedic Specialist
If you are an athlete, and suffer from some physical conditions a Sport Medicine Specialist may be a better fit then a Orthopedic surgeon. Both are trained in musculoskeletal medicine but the Sport Medicine Specialist does their treatment without operative procedures.
Orthopedic surgeons by nature are always going to do an operative treatment to fix your conditions. Its estimated that 90% of all sport related injuries do not need surgery, which brings forth the value of a Sport Medicine Specialist. They can maximize the non-operative treatment of your injury and provide programs on your therapy and only at a last resort offer a referral to a orthopedic surgeon that specializes in sport injuries.
Common Musculoskeletal Problems
Areas that sport athletes find issues with are:
- Acute injuries with ankle sprains, muscle strains
- Knee and shoulder injuries
- Overuse injuries including rotator cuff and tendonitis
Besides these issues, the Sport Medicine Professional also has training in other non-musculoskeletal issues including:
- Concussion and head injuries
- Nutrition and performance issues
- Injury prevention
- Strength training and conditioning exercises
- Healthy lifestyle choices
Finding the Right Sport Medicine Specialist
Sport Medicine Specialists are great for athletes and non-athletes. They are great resources for getting an opinion on an injury before going to a Orthopedic surgeon as well. Most Sport Medical practices are associated or affiliated with partner Orthopedic surgeons, so once you find a Orthopedic practice, they are happy to recommend a Sport Medicine Specialist for you as well.
To learn more about a Orthopedic specialist or practice in your area, please contact us. We are a free service to help you find the best Orthopedic practices in your area. Finding the right seasoned, and professional doctor can be the difference of getting your injury assessed and taken care of the right way.