Whether you’re looking to lose weight, manage a chronic medical condition, or simply want to overhaul your eating habits, changing your diet for the better is one of the best ways to improve your overall health. From our state-of-the-art medical offices, we strive to demystify the complex science of nutrition, giving our patients sound nutritional guidance designed to set them up for long-term dietary success, whatever their specific goals may be.
What is sports medicine?
Sports medicine is a branch of healthcare that deals with the treatment and prevention of injuries sustained during exercise. That’s a pretty broad definition, though. Imagine going out for your morning jog and feeling a burning in one foot as you run. A doctor who specializes in sports medicine would have additional training that provides insight into conditions that tend to affect runners, such as plantar fasciitis.
Sports medicine covers many avenues of care. You might see our team to create a strategy to get physically fit, for advice on maintaining a proper weight, or to get a diagnosis for your sore foot. You might also make an appointment for a physical you need to play on a sports team. Those appointments would all fall into the category of sports medicine.
What are some common sports injuries?
Sports medicine is a very broad term, but there are some common injuries seen in this service. Concussions are a real concern in sports. When a player suffers a concussion, it is very important that they get immediate medical care.
There are also connective tissue issues that come up frequently in sports medicine such as:
- ACL tears
Is sports medicine just about treating sprains?
Many teams hire sports doctors to work with the players both on the field and in the gym. We see athletes in the office, as well. Individuals come in seeking treatment for an injury or advice on how to improve their strength, flexibility, or stamina. In some cases, players that are part of a team also have our physicians as their primary care physician.
Does a sports doctor work with teams or individual patients?
A specialist in sports medicine does more than just treat injuries. The ultimate goal is to prevent them. Our team works with athletes to create training programs that keep them playing and off the sidelines. Most sports medicine specialists are also primary care, family physicians, or even orthopedic surgeons, so their focus goes beyond the occasional sprain to full wellness care.