Sports Medicine Isn’t Just For Athletes
Have you been experiencing pain during daily activities? Maybe you suffer from shoulder pain while lifting groceries out of your car, or maybe your knees feel sore after getting out of bed. A sports medicine specialist may be able to help – even though you’re not an athlete (or maybe not one yet).
The term “sports medicine” isn’t exclusive to sports-related injuries. These specialists care for people with bone and joint issues, focusing on all aspects of treatment that do not involve surgery.
As we age, wear and tear can take a natural toll on our muscles and joints, and injuries can happen at any time during our daily routines. You don’t have to play a contact sport to suffer from injuries like a concussion or ankle sprain – this can happen from a hard fall or an awkward movement.
Here are some reasons you may want to seek out a sports medicine specialist:
- Joint/muscle pain or swelling (neck, hip, shoulder, lower back, knee, ankle)
- Acute injuries (ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee & shoulder injuries, fractures)
- Muscle weakness
- Concussion management
- Nutrition and healthy lifestyle advice – ways to become more physically active
- Recommendations on appropriate strength training and conditioning activities
- Injury prevention
Don’t just write off everyday pain as normal. Sports medicine specialists can identify the cause of your pain and create diet and exercise plans that work for you. They can also offer advice on keeping injuries from happening.
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