What is a sport medicine physician?

A sports medicine physician is a doctor with specialized training who promotes lifelong fitness and wellness, and encourages prevention of illness and injury. This physician helps the patient maximize function and minimize disability and time away from sports, work, or school.

Sports Medicine Physicians have a primary specialty in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, most of whom obtain 1-2 years of additional training in sports medicine through accredited fellowship (subspecialty) programs in Sports Medicine. Physicians who are board certified in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, or Pediatrics, are then eligible to take a subspecialty qualification examination in Sports Medicine.

What’s the difference between an orthopedic surgeon and a sports medicine physician?

Both are well trained in musculoskeletal medicine.

Sports Medicine Physicians specialize in the non-operative medical treatment of musculoskeletal sports conditions. Approximately 90% of all sports injuries are non-surgical.

Orthopedic surgeons are trained in both non-operative medical treatment and the operative treatment of these conditions.

Sports Medicine Physicians can expedite referral to an Orthopedic Surgeon.

Dr. Canillas and Dr. Marsh within our group function as Sports Medicine Physicians. They treat all musculoskeletal conditions, and when surgery is necessary, they can refer the patient to Dr. Daniel Moynihan for quick assessment and treatment.

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