What is Sports Medicine?
Sports medicine is a subspecialty of orthopedics that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries suffered during athletic activity. The goal of treatment is to heal and rehabilitate the injury so patients can return to their favorite activities quickly, whether it’s Little League, recreational play or a high school, college or professional sport.
As with a sports team, there are many physicians who work together to help the patient regain maximum use of the injured limb or joint. “Players” on the team are typically the physician, orthopedic surgeon, rehabilitation specialist, athletic trainer and physical therapist – and the patient him/herself.
What is a sports medicine physician?
Using a non-surgical approach to treat musculoskeletal diseases and injuries, a sports medicine physician or specialist helps athletes through medical therapies adjusted specifically for each patient to reach their physical, nutritional and performance goals. The sports medicine specialist facilitates in recovery and rehabilitation to sports related injuries as well as injury prevention. Sports Medicine specialists spend 12-13 years in training which includes four years of undergraduate studies, four years of medical school, three years in residency and one to two years completing a fellowship for sports medicine.
What are the Common injuries treated?
- ACL Tears
- Compartment Syndrome
- Heat Exhaustion
- Muscle Contusions (Bruise)
- Muscle Cramps
- Shin Splints
- Sprains & Strains
- Stress Fractures
- Torn Tendons & Ligaments
Physical Therapy in Fresno
Orthopedic physical therapy involves the rehabilitation of an injured bone, muscle, tendon, ligament, joint or limb. The injury may have been acute (the result of one incident) or chronic (long-term). The patient may begin physical therapy after an injury or surgical procedure to improve the function of the injured part of the body.
Rehabilitation programs are tailored to each patient with the goals of relieving pain and restoring maximum function to the injured area. Stretching and strengthening exercises are critical. Improvement is sought in strength, flexibility, mobility, coordination, posture, balance, gait, cardiopulmonary health, and pain. Treatment modalities may include massage, whirlpools, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, heat and cold applications, or alternative therapies. For athletes, rehabilitation typically involves a dual fitness program of weights and cardiovascular training.
Arthroscopic Surgery Associates does not provide on-site physical therapy but patient will be provided with a list of physical therapists that Dr. Mochizuki refers to regularly.