If you are injured while exercising, participating in a sport, or doing any type of physical activity, you may be advised to see a sports medicine specialist for treatment. Sports medicine treats and helps prevent injuries in athletes. The main priority of a sports medicine specialist is to restore full function and mobility to injured patients.
Our specialists work alongside other orthopedists, neurologists, cardiologists, nutritionists, and physical therapists to ensure the best care.
Reasons to See a Sports Medicine Specialist
You may see a sports medicine specialist for an injury such as:
- Ankle sprain
- Knee and shoulder injury
- Knee injuries, including ACL tears
- Back pain
- Exercise-induced asthma
- Heat Illnesses
Sports medicine specialists can help develop a treatment plan to help relieve some of these limitations.
Sports Medicine Treatments
Sports medicine focuses on maximizing the benefits of nonsurgical treatment. Your specialist will conduct a comprehensive exam of your injury including a full mobility test and trauma assessment. Many sports injuries will resolve on their own. With rest, ice, compression, and elevation, patients can recover faster and without much pain. Your specialist may also suggest:
- Seeing a chiropractor
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Body taping
If surgery is needed, a sports medicine specialist can make a referral to a Lee Health orthopedic surgeon. Schedule an appointment today by calling (239) 343-9696.