Sports 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 sports medicine specialist will enable you to get back on track and guide you on your road to recovery.