What is Sports Medicine?
Sports Medicine is the treatment of sports related injuries. Many non-sports related soft tissue injuries can be treated in the same manner. Sports medicine involves the practice or both surgical and non-surgical treatments. The goal of treatment is to return the patient to an active lifestyle.
What is arthroscopy?
Gaining widespread use in the 1980’s to 1990’s, an arthroscope is a surgical instrument that has a video camera attached to a light cord that is inserted into the surgical site. It is the size of a #2 pencil, and can be inserted through a very small 8-10 mm incision. Using small windows into the joint or surgical area, we can treat injuries that previously required large incisions to access. The surgeon does surgery while looking at a TV monitor from the arthroscope.
Which doctors are sports medicine doctors?
Some primary care doctors specialize in Sports Medicine. These doctors DO NOT perform surgery. Orthopedic surgeons provide both non-surgical care and surgery. The highest level of training for an Orthopedic Surgeon is to be Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery AND Sports Medicine, AND to have completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship as I have.