Sports Medicine Care: Our Sports Medicine physicians specialize in the care of active individuals and athletes at any level. Sports medicine deals with physical fitness, treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. Our physicians strive to help their patients maximize function while attending to your individual fitness goals. We work with physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, occupational therapists, athletic trainers and other members of your health care team to enable you to function better with less pain. Our Sports Medicine physicians are part of the national organization for Sports Medicine, The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Information presented below is available at the AMSSM website. Please visit their site at www.amssm.org.
What is the difference between a Sports Medicine Specialist and an Orthopedic Surgeon?
Both are well trained in musculoskeletal medicine. Sports Medicine Specialists specialize in the non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Orthopedic surgeons are also trained in the operative treatment of these conditions. However, approximately 90% of all sports injuries are non-surgical. The Sports Medicine Specialist can maximize non-operative treatment, guide appropriate referrals to physical and occupational therapies, and if necessary expedite referral to an orthopedic/sports surgeon.
Sports Medicine Specialists have received additional training in the non-musculoskeletal aspects of sports medicine. Common examples of these include:
• Concussion (mild traumatic brain injury) and other head injuries
• Athletes with chronic or acute illness (such as infectious mononucleosis, asthma or diabetes)
• Nutrition, supplements, ergogenic aids, and performance issues
• Exercise prescription for patients who want to increase their fitness
• Injury prevention
• “Return to play” decisions in the sick or injured athlete
• Recommendations on safe strength training and conditioning exercises
• Healthy lifestyle promotion
Most Sports Medicine Specialists also serve as Team Physicians for local and/or national teams and clubs. These physicians must fulfill published qualifications with the following responsibilities:
• Pre-participation physical examination
• Care of sports-related and general medical needs of athletes
• Special populations (geriatric, disabled, women, youth, etc.)
• Sports psychology issues
• Substance use issues
• Education and counseling on illness & injury prevention
• Coordinating care with other members of the sports medicine team to include athletic trainers, physical therapists, personal physicians, other medical and surgical specialties, and other ancillary personnel of specialty care and rehabilitation
• Communication with athletic trainers, coaches, school administration, as well as athletes and their families
Do Sports Medicine Specialists only treat competitive athletes?
No, Sports Medicine Specialists are ideal physicians for the non-athlete as well, and are excellent resources for the individual who wishes to become active or begin an exercise program. For the “weekend warrior” or “industrial athlete” who experiences an injury, the same expertise used for the competitive athlete can be applied to return the individual as quickly as possible to full function.
Princeton Sports and Family Medicine 3131 Princeton Pike, Building 4A, Suite 100 Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.
Tel: 609. 896.9190 Fax: 609.896.3555