Sports medicine is a specialized branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis and treatment of sports-related injuries and conditions.
Regardless of age, sport, or ability level, athletes and active individuals alike depend on a healthy musculoskeletal system to perform at their highest aptitude.
However, when a sports-related injury occurs, it can take you out of the game for days, weeks, or even months at a time, dependent upon its severity.
Injuries and musculoskeletal pain are common occurrences in the sports community because athletes redefine their limits by pushing their bodies to physical exhaustion during training, practice, and competition.
What Are The Most Common Injuries Seen By A Sports Medicine Specialist?
Sports Medicine Specialists see and treat a wide range of injuries, such as:
Neck and shoulder injuries, such as rotator cuff injuries and SLAP tears
Arm and elbow injuries, such as tennis elbow and fractures
Hand and wrist injuries, such as sprains and jammed fingers
Hip and knee injuries, such as a pulled groin and ligament tears (meniscus, ACL, MCL, and PCL)
Upper leg injuries, such as a pulled quad or hamstring
Lower leg injuries, such as shin splints