Sports medicine, also known as sports and exercise medicine (SEM), is a medical specialty that deals with physical activity. The professions’ primary focus is on the treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise.

Sports medicine may be the doctor’s only specialty, or it may be coupled with a specialization in orthopaedic surgery. Those who also specialize in orthopaedic surgery often see many patients with sports- or activity-related injuries. However, they aren't limited to these types of injuries and can treat all kinds of patients.

Common sports injuries include:

  • Rotator cuff
  • ACL
  • MCL
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fractures
  • Joint dislocation
  • Strains/sprains, etc.

Many of these injuries can be treated without surgery by using medication, exercise and other rehabilitative therapies. If a patient doesn't respond to these initial treatments, surgery may be recommended. 

No matter what type of sports related injury you may have, the expert care of a sports medicine professional will help get you back on your feet as soon as possible.

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