Sports Medicine specialists and Orthopedic surgeons both specialize in musculoskeletal medicine, with Orthopedic surgeons specialize in the operative management of musculoskeletal conditions. Sports medicine physicians specialize on the non-operative management of musculoskeletal conditions.
Most Common Sports Injuries (around 80-90%) are managed through non-surgical measures. Sports Medicine Physician who excels in this field can maximize non-operative treatment, and expedite the process of return to play. In many cases where surgery is required, they work in tandem with Orthopedic/Sports Surgeon where they refer cases for surgery and get referred back post-surgery for accelerated return to play.
Sports Medicine Physicians have also received additional training in the non-musculoskeletal aspects of sports and exercise medicine. Some of these include:
Most Sports Medicine physicians also serve as Team Physicians for local and/or national teams and clubs. These physicians work with the players with the following responsibilities