If you have suffered a sports injury, you may be wondering where you can receive the best treatment. Here at Valley Sports Physicians & Orthopedic Medicine, we serve patients from throughout New England and even from across the country. If you are suffering from problems such as Achilles tendon injuries, bursitis, cartilage injuries, golfer’s elbow, knee injuries or any other sports-related issues, we can help you with our non-surgical treatment methods. Read on to understand more about sports medicine in general, our physicians and our doctors’ osteopathic approach to sports medicine.
Sports medicine is a branch of the healing arts profession that utilizes an integrated, comprehensive approach to the prevention, diagnosis, and management of sport- and exercise-related injuries, disorders, dysfunctions, and disease processes.
Yet sports medicine is more than just physical therapy, a knee brace, a cortisone injection, or arthroscopic surgery. While all of these may be important, sports medicine involves knowing not only the athlete but also the sport. What are the demands placed on the athlete’s body by a given sport? What specific skills are required to perform a sport? And how does the body respond to these demands and required skills? Knowing this is crucial to understanding not only how injuries occur but also to know what the best way to treat them is.
The field of sports medicine consists of health care providers who work in synchrony to provide a “team approach” to achieve better health for the patient. At the head of this team of professionals is the physician who diagnoses the condition and directs the treatment plan.
Any doctor can claim to do “sports medicine,” but only physicians specially trained in sports medicine are uniquely qualified truly to practice sports medicine.
In addition, you would also want a physician who is an active member of one of the large national sports medicine organizations. These include: