Sports Medicine Specialties & Conditions

Introduction

Sports medicine is a subspecialty of orthopedics that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries suffered during athletic activity. The goal of treatment is to heal and rehabilitate the injury so patients can return to their favorite activities quickly, whether it's Little League, recreational play, or a high school, college or professional sport.

As with a sports team, there are several physicians who work together to help the patient regain maximum use of the injured limb or joint. "Players" on the team are typically the orthopedic surgeon, primary care physician, rehabilitation specialist, athletic trainer and physical therapist - and the patient him/herself.

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