Sports medicine is a branch of healthcare that researches and implements medical science in musculoskeletal issues resulting from the strenuous activity of exercise and sport. These include problems like muscle cramps, sprains or ligament damage, broken bones or fractures, shin splints, and problems with tendons. Because of this, sports medicine and orthopedics typically go hand in hand.
We want to keep you in the game. While our treatment of injuries in athletes is unparallel, we also focus on the prevention of injuries. Our staff works with athletes and their families to develop an individualized exercise and conditioning program to assist in the prevention of injury.
Injury Care and Management
When an injury does occur, accurate diagnosis is crucial. Using the latest diagnostic techniques and treatment protocols, the sports physician specialists will diagnose the injury and establish a specialized care plan with the athlete designed to return him/her to pre-injury performance as quickly as possible.
Many athletic teams have sports medicine specialists, including onsite physicians, orthopedic surgeons, athletic training staff and physcial therapists. Their main goals are to maintain the health and function of the athlete’s body. This can range from acquiring the appropriate equipment for strength training to providing on-site care and diagnosis in case of injury, standing sideline to treat immediate physical injuries and preventing further problems by stabilizing the joints.
Sports Medicine surgeons are trained to correct any issue with the bones or surrounding connective tissue that may have, for whatever reason, become inflamed, severed or otherwise dysfunctional and cannot be dealt with through conservative measures.
Physical therapists are also important members to the sports medicine team, providing general or post-surgery support to re-strengthen muscles, improve flexibility to prevent future problems and improve the overall quality of the musculoskeletal system. Depending on the type of injury the patient has sustained, a physical therapist can determine the quickest and most efficient method in which to return the patient to the playing field.
OrthoTLC at The Longstreet Clinic is proud to offer a variety of experienced and respected sports medicine experts trained to treat each member of the family. For more information about Sports Medicine at TLC, please call (678) 207- 4500Request an Appointment with a Sports Medicine Physician Today!