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Sports Medicine

The Benefits of Seeing a Sports Medicine Specialist

Is it better to stretch before or after exercise? Should I be wearing an ankle brace? If I get injured, how long should I wait before I start playing sports again?
These are just some of the questions a sports medicine doctor will help answer. Whether you’ve been playing football since before you can remember, have just taken up tennis, or simply like to workout at the gym in your free time, a sports medicine specialist will help treat and prevent injuries, as well as give you a better understanding of how to optimize your sports performance.


Sports medicine doctors are specially trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat athletic injuries. For example, if you have just started a new training regimen and have developed knee pain as a result, your sports medicine doctor will ask you a variety of questions on your past and present workouts, history of injuries, and more. Once your doctor evaluates and is able to diagnose the injury, you will be given recommendations for the best treatment options to aid your recovery.


How can a doctor prevent a future injury?

First of all, the fact that you are even seeing a sports medicine specialist in the first place – that instead of ignoring your pain or letting it worsen, you are getting it evaluated – is a critical step toward prevention of further injury. Secondly, a sports medicine specialist is vital to the future of your health because he or she can sometimes identify areas of weakness before they progress into pain. By assessing your weight-bearing, body mechanics, and the overall structural health of your orthopedic system, your doctor can determine your best treatment options.

OSC offers advanced surgical care for sports injuries. To learn more, call us at (714) 221-4236.

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Sports Medicine Vs. Physical Therapy

Sports Medicine vs. Physical Therapy

What exactly is a sports medicine specialist, and how is one different from a physical therapist?

Sports Medicine

Sports medicine’s goal is to treat and prevent injuries, within the context of sports. A sports medicine specialist understands the movements and physical demands that each sport requires. For example, if you play volleyball, a sports medicine doctor will have a better understanding of the cause of your injury than another doctor, because he or she knows the required physical motions of volleyball.

When it comes to treatment, a sports medicine doctor will recommend the treatment best for recovering and returning to the same motions as before in volleyball (or soccer, football, etc.) Additionally, a sports medicine specialist will work with you and teach you the proper body mechanics to use in your sport, with the goal of preventing further injury.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists work with anyone – regardless of age or sports involvement – to aid in recovering from an injury. Oftentimes sports medicine specialists will send their patients to a physical therapist – and vice versa. Aside from the sports focus, the main difference between the two fields is that a sports medicine specialist offers a variety of treatments, including surgery. Physical therapy, on the other hand, uses only stretching and strengthening exercises and tools to help foster orthopedic recovery.

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