What Does a Sports Medicine Doctor Treat?

Sports Medicine

From Little League players to college athletes to weekend warriors, staying active is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. But it also makes you more prone to certain kinds of injuries and conditions. Sports medicine doctors focus on helping all levels of athletes by treating injuries and musculoskeletal conditions—as often as possible, without surgery.

Sports medicine doctors focus on providing treatment to get you back in the game as quickly and safely as possible. They also can evaluate your health issues, strength, flexibility, and balance to assess whether an underlying condition is increasing your risk for injury or reinjury, and create a plan to help prevent future sports injuries.

What Types of Injuries Do Sports Medicine Physicians See Most Often?

Doctors who specialize in sports medicine most often deal with injuries and conditions that affect the bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. That can include acute injuries like ankle sprains, muscle and tendon tears, fractures, and knee injuries such as a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). But orthopedic sports medicine doctors also treat overuse injuries and conditions such as tendinitis, rotator cuff syndrome, and golfer’s or tennis elbow.

One other more specialized type of injury treated by sports medicine specialists is concussion. Concussions, or brain injuries, are common in contact sports as well as those where an athlete can get hit in the head with a ball, stick, or racquet. At Penn Highlands Healthcare, we have a dedicated Concussion Clinic to assess and manage concussion injuries. We also offer ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive) Testing to athletes. This assessment, done before a sports season, provides a baseline measurement that can help track recovery if an athlete does get a concussion.

What Else Does a Sports Medicine Doctor Do?

In addition to injuries, sports medicine physicians help athletes with chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, and some heart conditions, to manage their condition safely while involved in athletic activities. Sports medicine doctors can evaluate your strength, flexibility, balance and musculoskeletal structure to determine if you are at increased risk of injury, and then create a preventive treatment program that may include measures such as physical therapy to help strengthen weaknesses or preventive measures, such as taping.

Our sports medicine doctors work closely with your primary care physician or pediatrician to optimize your health and performance.

Make an appointment with a sports medicine doctor.

View More

News at What Does a Sports Medicine Doctor Treat?

Is it golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow? Learn how to tell the difference.

November 10, 2021

Read More >

Penn Highlands’ Matthew Varacallo, MD, Named to Becker’s Top 65

April 06, 2021

Read More >

Cutting-Edge New Product, TenJet, in Use at Penn Highlands

April 30, 2020

Read More >