Sports medicine refers to the branch of medicine that deals with illnesses or injuries resulting from participation in sports and athletic activities. Knee, leg, back, shoulder and hand injuries, as well as joint pain and stiffness, are a few of the common disorders treated. Sport Medicine Physicians are doctors with specialist training in sports injuries and illnesses and the development of specific exercise programs tailored to each individual’s personal needs and limitations. Once the diagnosis the specialists advices on treatment and arranges for the appropriate referrals. This may involve advice on activity, exercise, the appropriate rehabilitation program, prescription of medications etc.
Advantage: These doctors are trained to make the appropriate diagnosis, and just as importantly, detect the causes or risk factors that lead to the development of the condition, to minimise the risk of recurrence.
What is a Sports Medicine Physician?
Sports medicine physicians are physicians with specialized training and experience in non-operative treatment of a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions and injury prevention and rehabilitation. They help patients maximize function and minimize disability and time away from sports, work, or school.
How is sports medicine different?
When athletes are hurt, they look for comprehensive treatment that will help return them to their sports as quickly as possible. Physicians, physical therapists and professional staff work together to develop treatment and rehabilitation plans tailored to each patient and designed to achieve the most positive outcome.
When will I be back to normal after a sport injury?
Returning to normal activity depends upon many factors. Sport medicine physicians evaluate each patient based on his or her injury and goals and then develop a treatment and rehabilitation plan designed to return patients to physical activity safely and at the right time to help avoid re-injury.
Knee pain and arthritis and stiffness is treated with a variety of methods. This includes medications, physical therapy and exercises, weight loss methods and surgery to replace the worn out cushions between the joint spaces.
Total Hip Replacement (THR) is necessary when none of the other methods to correct a damaged hip is effective. In this operation the surgeon replaces the ball and the socket with metallic replacements and the cartilage with artificial joint material.