Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at SMS
The phrase “sports medicine” is not specific to one career/profession. It instead, encompasses a group of professionals from various disciplines whose focus is the health of an athlete. Athletes can be all ages and play on all different levels (youth, high school, collegiate, recreational, and professional).
Orthopaedic sports medicine is the investigation, preservation, and restoration by medical, surgical, and rehabilitative means to all structures of the musculoskeletal system affected by athletic activity.
You need a referral to see an orthopaedic surgeon.
Orthopaedic sports medicine specialists...
- Condition and train athletes.
- Provide fitness advice relating to athletic performance.
- Give advice on athletic performance and the impact of dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, and nutrition on athletes’ short- and long-term health and performance.
- Coordinate medical care within athletic team settings, including other health care professionals, such as athletic trainers, physical therapists, and non-orthopaedic physicians.
- Conduct on-the-field evaluation and management of illnesses and injuries.
Orthopaedic sports medicine specialists have a knowledge of…
- Soft tissue biomechanics, injury healing, and repair.
- Treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical, as they relate to sports-specific injuries and competition.
- Principles and techniques of rehabilitation that enable the athlete to return to competition as quickly and safely as possible.
- Knowledge of athletic equipment and orthotic devices (braces, foot orthoses, etc.) and their use in prevention and management of athletic injuries.
- Specific expertise in arthroscopic surgery of almost any joint, along with reconstructive surgical procedures…for example ACL in the knee, hip labrum tears, elbow loose bodies, bone spurs in the ankle, and shoulder instability.
Further specific information on individual procedures is available at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery website at AAOS.COM