What is Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine training requires an additional yearlong fellowship and countless hours of on-the-field experience in diagnosing and treating sports related injuries.

Having sports medicine physicians on the field, allows for immediate assessment of fractures, dislocations, tendon ruptures, spinal injuries, concussions, and all sports related injuries.  Accurate on field diagnosis, initiates and directs the successful management of the injury.  We can follow you through the initial injury intervention to any necessary radiological or imaging studies necessary and coordinate all nonoperative and operative options available to you. 

Not all sports related injuries are acute incidents that happen on the field.  Many sports related injuries are gradual onset, over-use related sprains and strains.  We can also manage these conditions through the use of osteopathic manipulative treatment, referral to physical therapy, short-term medications, injections, and surgery as necessary. 

At IMUA, the collaboration of both a sports orthopedic surgeon and primary care sports physician provides a comprehensive approach to all of your needs. 

Understanding specific requirements of your sport, the types of positions you play, and what particular demands may be on you during your sports season will factor into creating your personalized treatment plan. 

We are well experienced in working with the “sports medicine team” including athletic trainers, coaches, physical therapists, and other specialists to facilitate your progression and return to play. 

Our goal is to comprehensively manage your total care from initial injury through safe return to your chosen sport.  We will treat your injury with your requirements as an athlete infocus to return you back to play quickly and safely. 

Common problems treated:

  • Knee and shoulder injuries
  • Neck and back strains
  • Tendonitis and bursitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Ankle sprains
  • Osteoarthritic joint problems
  • Concussion management
  • Athletes with chronic or acute illnesses