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Sports Medicine Specialist of New York City

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sports medicine New York CitySports medicine specialists are physicians that are trained on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illnesses related to sports and exercise. These physicians specialize in the non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and treat and rehabilitate athletes and other physically active individuals. As a sub-specific branch of medicine, Doctors are required to receive further certification through the completion of a two-year fellowship in sports medicine at a rehabilitation facility, hospital, or athletic department at a college or university.

The primary goal of a sports medicine specialist is to restore function and minimize disability. Physical therapy can be a highly effective and beneficial treatment for those suffering from injuries, diseases and conditions affecting their musculoskeletal system. Your sports medicine specialist may suggest physical therapy in combination with other modalities to help you manage your pain.

Common ailments that are treated by these specialty physicians include ankle sprains, muscle sprains, shin splints, ACL tears, rotator cuff injuries, fractures, and dislocations. If you’re suffering from injuries affecting your muscles, ligaments, nerves, tendons and bones, a consultation with a specialist of sports medicine New York City will enable you to get back on track and guide you on your road to recovery.

MIDTOWN

Empire Physical Medicine & Pain Management
7 West 45th St,. Floor 9
(Between 5th and 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10036
646-665-7109

DOWNTOWN

Downtown Spine, Sports & Orthopedic Rehabilitation P.C
65 Broadway / 47 Trinity Place, Suite 603
(Between Wall Street & Exchange Place)
New York, NY 10006
646-665-7109

What does sports medicine do?

Sports medicine specialists are physicians that are trained on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of injuries and conditions related to sports and exercise. These physicians specialize in the non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and treat and rehabilitate athletes and other physically-active individuals. As a subset of orthopedic medicine, sports medicine doctors are required to receive further certification post Medical school and must complete a two-year fellowship in sports medicine at a rehabilitation facility, hospital, or athletic department at a college or university.

The primary goal of a sports medicine specialist is to restore function and minimize disability. Physical therapy can be a highly effective and beneficial treatment for those suffering from injuries, diseases and conditions affecting their musculoskeletal system. A sports medicine specialist may suggest physical therapy in combination with other modalities to help you manage your pain and restore your function.

Who Can See a Sports Medicine Doctor?

A sports medicine doctor specializes in conditions affecting your muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons and bones. It is a common misconception that only athletes can be treated by a sports medicine doctor. Truth be told, you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete, hall of famer or even on a competitive sports team to see a sports medicine doctor. Anyone suffering injuries stemming from exercise-related causes can see one. Whether you play on an intramural league once a week, are training for a marathon, or are casually throwing a football around with your family, you would benefit from the care of a sports medicine doctor.

Athletes of any sport can be treated by a sports medicine doctor. Athletes who practice daily place a lot of pressure and stress on their body due to the harsh nature of their training. The longer you train, the more wear and tear you are putting your body through. Most injuries are caused by overuse so depending on the sport you play, you are at higher risks for certain injuries over others. For example, if you’re a soccer or football player, you’re at a higher risk of injuring your Anterior Cruciate Ligament, otherwise known as your ACL, simply because that muscle is so widely used in the sport. If you participate in track and field, common injuries amongst runners include runner’s knee and stress fractures. Baseball players are at a higher risk of rotator cuff tears due to the heavy use of their upper body muscles and shoulders.

Why See a Sports Medicine Doctor?

Sports medicine doctors can help you build a regimen to safely train for your choice of sport. For example, if you’re running a marathon, they can assist in customizing a routine that helps you hit your goals while minimizing the risks of injury. Even if you’re not currently active but would like to be, a sports medicine doctor can help you create an exercise routine and help you slowly build onto it. Their goal is to help you prevent injuries while being active in a safe manner. If you have musculoskeletal problems, a sports medicine doctor can treat you as well.
However minor or severe your injury is, if you are active in sport and exercise or are thinking about getting active, you can certainly benefit from seeing a sports medicine doctor.

When should you see a sports medicine doctor?

If you have sustained an injury while playing sports or participating in any similar extracurricular activities, a sports medicine doctor will be able to provide you with a treatment plan to rehabilitate the area, treat your body as a whole, and get you feeling your best.
If you suffer from a serious injury, such as a severe fracture, sports medicine doctors can also refer you to an orthopedic surgeon.

What Conditions Can a Sports Medicine Doctor Treat?

Common ailments that are treated by these specialty physicians include ankle sprains, muscle sprains, shin splints, ACL tears, rotator cuff injuries, fractures, and dislocations. If you’re suffering from injuries affecting your muscles, ligaments, nerves, tendons and bones, a consultation with a specialist of sports medicine New York City will enable you to get back on track and guide you on your road to recovery.

What Types of Treatments Do Sports Medicine Doctors Prescribe?

After accessing your condition, sports medicine doctors will come up with an individualized treatment plan for you. Treatments include a variety of non-invasive procedures to rehabilitate your injury. If you pulled a muscle while lifting weights at the gym, for example, a sports medicine doctor can help you relieve the pain and teach you the proper way to lift to minimize the risk of injury. If you participated in a marathon and are experiencing runner’s knee, a sports medicine doctor will help you strengthen your knee and its surrounding structure to get you back on your feet and educate you on tips to prevent future injury. They can also help you return to the sport or respective exercise of your choice faster and stronger than ever.

The majority of conditions and injuries can be treated non-surgically and can be rehabilitated through physical therapy. The goal of physical therapy is to promote movement and restore mobility while reducing inflammation and pain to get you back to how you were in your pre-injury days. This is all done by using a combination of modalities including stretching and strengthening exercises, electrical stimulation, cold and heat therapy, light massage, ultrasounds and much more.

Sports Medicine Doctors can also perform trigger point therapy. A trigger point is an area of tightness within a muscle that triggers or refers pain to other parts of the body. They form when your muscles are stressed, overworked or injured. You don’t need to be physically active to get them either. Trigger points can also form from repetitive strain if you aren’t practicing good ergonomics and are sitting hunched over in front of a desk all day every day.

If surgery cannot be avoided and is the first step in your treatment plan, you will likely be prescribed physical therapy post-surgery. A sports medicine doctor and their team of physical therapists will work together to alleviate your pain and get you back on your feet whether you are seeking physical therapy as a means to avoid surgery or whether it is post-surgery.

If you are seeking care from a sports medicine physician, contact us at either of our two convenient locations to request an appointment at 646-665-7109.