A sports medicine physician is a primary care doctor who specializes in the care of athletes and other active people. At Men’s Vitality Center, we have physicians on staff with sports medicine training to help you to recover from injuries quickly and educate you on preventing future injuries. If you have never been to a sports medicine physician, however, you may not know if you require their experience.
Sports medicine doctors do not just treat athletes. They also treat people who are very active, or people who are not necessarily active, but who have orthopedic issues. If you have any of the following conditions, a sports medicine physician may be helpful:
- Injuries such as sprains, dislocations, and breaks
- Concussions or traumatic brain injuries
Sports medicine physicians do not perform surgery, so if you have an injury that requires it, you may be better off seeing an orthopedic surgeon. However, when you are first injured, you may come to a sports medicine physician for diagnosis; you will then be referred to a orthopedic surgeon if necessary. Sports medicine doctors can not only help you diagnose injuries, but can also educate you on how to prevent future injuries by properly training for your sport. Sports medicine physicians also counsel patients on nutrition for athletes and sports psychology. If you are an athlete or an active person, a sports medicine doctor would be able to help you prevent injury and increase your endurance.
If you have experienced an injury from a sport or vigorous recreational activity, a sports medicine physician may be able to help. Contact Men’s Vitality Center in Glendale to schedule an appointment.