Sports medicine is the branch of medicine that covers the treatment and prevention of injuries and other health problems related to sports and exercise. A sports medicine physician is a primary care physician specially trained to prevent and treat bone, joint and muscle injuries. Sports medicine physicians focus on the nonoperative treatment of these conditions to help patients maximize functionality while minimizing time away from sports, work or school. These specialists guide appropriate referrals to athletic trainers and physical and occupational therapists when exercise/rehabilitation plans are necessary and can expedite referrals to orthopedic surgeons when surgery is required.
- Acute injuries (fractures, injuries, sprains and strains)
- Ankle, foot and leg injuries
- Arm/shoulder injuries
- Athlete burnout
- Chronic and acute illnesses, such as asthma, diabetes and mono
- Exercise induced asthma and bronchospasms
- Head/neck injuries
- Knee injuries (including bursitis)
- Nerve entrapment
- Nutrition deficits
- Overuse injuries (including rotator cuff and tendonitis/tendinopathy)
- Performance issues
- Substance abuse
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