Non-Surgical Sports Medicine and Orthopedics
When most of us think of sports medicine, we imagine locker rooms and professional athletes receiving treatment, like a basketball player who sprains their ankle or a football player who takes a hard blow to the head. But sports medicine is much more. A primary care sports medicine physician is a physician who has received additional specialized training that makes them qualified to help with the treatment and prevention of injuries and illnesses related to an active lifestyle. These injuries are often musculoskeletal, involving a trauma such as sprains or tears to major muscle groups and ligaments, but can also include concussions or chronic illnesses such as arthritis and exercise-induced asthma.
Treatments provided by a sports medicine physician are typically noninvasive and are designed to help the patient return to their previous level of activity without pain. Like sports medicine, non-surgical orthopedics specializes in the noninvasive treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, integrating orthopedic approaches to diagnose and treat trauma. Treatment plans include educating the patient on the nature of their injury and comprehensive procedures aimed at returning proper function and alleviating pain.
Sports injuries can occur at any age and at any level of activity. An estimated 90% of injuries sustained through activity are considered non-surgical; they do not require surgery or other invasive treatments to achieve recovery. Common sports injuries include muscle sprains, strains, and cramps. Overexertion and repetitive-motion injuries such as shin splints, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, bone fractures, and rotor cuff complications can also benefit from treatment from a sports medicine physician. Approaches used in sports medicine such as strengthening and increasing flexibility can also help with conditions such as non-activity-related chronic back pain.
While some of these conditions can be treated through surgery, non-surgical doctors focus on treatment options that do not require invasive medical techniques. Nonoperative treatment plans have the benefit of avoiding surgical recovery times and potential complications both during and after surgery. Avoiding surgery also preserves surrounding tissues and nerves and can be the best option for a variety of reasons, including patient age and pre-existing health conditions.
Dr. Richard Kim is a fully accredited primary care sports medicine physician who specializes in internal medicine and pediatrics. He leads our clinic in helping patients through non-surgical orthopedics as well as providing post-concussion treatment and care management. Dr. Kim’s goal for all patients is to find non-surgical procedures that decrease pain and increase range of motion and motor function. He leads a team of dedicated health professionals with a singular goal: to help our patients get back to doing the things they love. The procedures offered at our facility include therapeutic injections, massage therapy, therapeutic bracing, and prescribed medications. New and innovative techniques such as stem cell therapies and platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, injections are also used to help our patients achieve their personal or professional health goals.
Choosing the right non-surgical orthopedic doctor can be the most important step in your recovery. Contact Kinetic Sports Medicine today to schedule an appointment. We will evaluate your injury and determine the best possible treatment plan for you.