What is Sports Medicine?
Sports medicine, which is sometimes referred to as as sport and exercise medicine (SEM), is a relatively new branch of medicine that deals with the treatment and prevention of injuries related to exercise and sports. The primary focus of a sports medicine physician, is to diagnose, treat, and help to further prevent injuries that occur during sports and other physical activity. Most modern professional sports teams understand the importance of sports medicine and are continually building their teams around a solid program.
Most recently, the Dallas Cowboys partnered with Dallas’ largest health care system to build a state of the art facility designed specifically to treat their athletes for sports related injuries. However, football isn’t the only sport making headlines in this field. Sporting KC, Kansas City’s professional MLS team, partnered with Children’s Mercy Hospital to develop a sports medicine program for both professional and youth athletes. While the professional athletes are benefiting from having a strong staff of medical professionals, the partnership is just as important to young athletes. According to a 2016 report by the American College of Sports Medicine, male and female high school athletes are more likely to sustain lower extremity injuries compared to their older, professional counterparts.
The physical rigors of sports often leave athletes, of all ages, with muscle, ligament, tendon and bone problems. There is the misconception that athletes suffering from one of these conditions need to undergo invasive surgery to alleviate their symptoms. However, when you can, it is generally suggested that patients avoid invasive surgery. Here at Metropolitan Pain Consultants, we focus on non-surgical orthopedics to help our patients recuperate.
Why Non-Surgical Orthopedics?
On occasion, researchers will review case studies related to orthopedic surgery, like this one in Health Magazine, that find surgery actually has little effect on the root problem. This report, in particular, recommended against having knee surgery for chronic knee pain. This is why non-surgical alternatives are being implemented more by medical professionals and athletes alike.
Adult stem cell treatments, like Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) and Bone Marrow Concentrate Therapy (BMC), are growing in the sports medicine field because they utilize a patient’s own blood to heal an injured site. Both treatments require a doctor to extract blood from the patient, place the sample in a centrifuge to separate the various blood layers (white blood cells, red blood cells, plasma, and platelets), followed by the doctor injecting the blood sample into the injured site. These forms of regenerative therapy are proven non-surgical alternatives for a variety of injuries and patients.
Who Should Try Non-Surgical Treatments?
While there are a variety of sports related conditions that can be treated via non-surgical methods, we specialize in the following:
- ACL Tear
- Knee Pain
- Hip Pain
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Back Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Upper Back Pain
These pain conditions are quite common in athletics and could be relieved by either PRP or BMC injections. Once evaluated, the doctor will decide which is the correct course of action to take and discuss the potential benefits associated with these treatments. While invasive surgery generally requires a prolonged recovery time followed by physical therapy, both of our non-surgical treatments have a fairly quick recovery time and little or no physical therapy required.
If a sports related injury is driving you to contemplate surgery, please contact us at 201-729-0001 for an evaluation of your injury and what non-surgical alternatives may be right for you. Our conveniently located clinics in West Orange, Aberdeen, Lyndhurst, and Fort Lee; we offer weekday and weekend appointments.