When you hear “sports medicine,” do you think about amateur or professional athletes needing therapy or treatment related to a sports injury? Lots of people do, but don’t let the name fool you!
Sports medicine healthcare providers can help with pain or injuries of all kinds, including arthritis, bone breaks, tendonitis and more. They’re experts in restoring the function of injured bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments for patients of any age.
What is Sports Medicine?
Sports Medicine physicians have expertise in non-surgical treatment methods, preventive care, and surgical procedures that help patients return to their original health while strengthening weak or vulnerable areas to prevent future injuries.
Although sports physicians are best known for their role in helping athletes with an injury, they also diagnose and treat children hurt while playing, retirees who are sore or injured from raking leaves or playing golf, adults who ache after a long walk, workers injured from heavy lifting and more. Sports medicine doctors are orthopedic specialists who work with people who have musculoskeletal injuries and issues.
Providers who work in sports medicine focus on restoring function to patients, regardless of age or physical ability. They often hold additional certifications in other specialties like family practice, internal medicine, orthopedic surgery, or physical therapy.
“Our sports medicine team includes experts who work together to provide our patients with the most advanced treatment options for their injury,” said Jason Hix, MD, a sports med doctor at OSMC.
Injuries Treated within Sports Medicine
“At OSMC, sports medicine is one of our specialties. We work with patients of all ages and physical abilities to address their issue and get them back to doing all the things they love to do,” said Dr. Hix.
Sports medicine providers focus on diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical injuries, including but not limited to:
• Sprains or fractures
• Knee and shoulder injuries
• Tennis elbow
• Golfers elbow
• Knee bursitis
• Rotator cuff tears
• Achilles tendon tear
• Shin splints
• Foot pain
• Ankle instability
• And more!
Each patient’s needs are different, and the OSMC’s team works together using a patient-first approach to find the best treatment plan. For further treatment and healing, OSMC’s sports medicine doctors may refer you to other specialized services. “OSMC’s top priority is always getting our patients back to optimal health, and we are proud to offer a highly trained team of providers,” Dr. Hix mentions.
How Can We Help You?
If you are dealing with an injury that could benefit from a sports medicine provider, we are here for you. OSMC has six convenient Indiana locations. Schedule your appointment online 24/7. Right online you can pick your day and time, doctor and the location for your appointment. Or, call us at 574-264-0791.