So what exactly is sports medicine? Well, it’s the medical specialty of medicine that’s concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of all forms of sports injury.
Well, I can tell you some of the sports injuries that I see patients for. I have seen a lot of them, though I’m always surprised by how often I see a shoulder or knee injury. The most common injuries that I see are sprains, strains, and tears. However, I’ll also see patients who suffer from problems from a head injury and other serious issues.
Most of my patients have a sports medicine physician (SM) attached to them, as the SM is the medical person who will be looking at the injury and doing the necessary tests and procedures to diagnose the problem. However, because I see so much sports medicine patients, I will also see a lot more athletes (and also people with other medical conditions).
Medicine is a very broad field, and it’s impossible to see everything that a person can have. However, I can tell you that head injuries are one thing that most athletes will have, and this is why my primary focus is on them.
Head injuries are definitely one of the most common medical conditions that a sports medicine physician assistant (SMPA) will see. Sports medicine is a very broad field, and the doctors don’t have a medical degree. However, due to the nature of the profession and the practice of medicine, a SMPA has to be very well trained. I have to admit that I’ve only been seeing this doctor a little over a year, but so far I’ve seen a lot.
A small but growing portion of my practice is the treatment of athletic-related injuries. I’ve seen over 100 patients in the last year, and I see about a 50% success rate of getting these patients to return to sports. This includes everything from sprains and strains to broken bones and torn ligaments. One of the biggest hurdles for me in my patients’ return to sports is the patient’s fear of returning to a sport where they are risking being seriously injured.
I don’t have any formal training in sports medicine, but I do have a few things to say when I see a patient for a check-up. The first thing I do is talk to them about what happened and what they may have done wrong. I also talk to them about how to return to sports. The second step is to do an MRI, which in my opinion is the most important, and the last step is to do a full physical exam.
Sports medicine is very much about prevention and treatment, and it’s true that a good history and physical can help prevent injury and avoid aggravating existing conditions. But in order for a sports injury to heal, it has to be caught early and treated appropriately. If a patient’s symptoms are not serious, they can go back to their original level of activity without any major problems.
Unfortunately, too many patients end up with injury after injury. Too often they injure themselves for no reason other than they feel like they’re doing something wrong. Many injuries happen so they can be fixed, or the player can start taking something else to relieve the pain. But if the injury is caught early and treated properly, you can avoid future injury.
That is what we’re hoping to do with Sports Medicine Physician Assistant. The sport of sports medicine is one where you are the medical professional that is there to look out for your patients. You are a health care provider that is helping your patients live a healthier life. You help them by giving them advice that can prevent injury and give them an opportunity to improve their health. By working with the sports doctor, we hope to help patients find ways to prevent injury and improve their health.