Sports Medicine Locations
Information about Sports Medicine
What is Sports Medicine?
We all have different labels for our brands of athleticism. Elite athlete. Weekend warrior. Gym rat. Daily bike commuter. Evening dog walker. Our Sports Medicine team is here to make sure you continue to run, walk, kick, pedal and play your best, however you play. As a medical specialty, Sports Medicine focuses on the health of the body. Sports medicine specialists work with youth, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes alike, as well as those who pursue exercise for health or recreation.
How We Are Different
Sports Medicine at The Vancouver Clinic is part of the comprehensive care available within our Musculoskeletal Center. Whether you’ve pulled a hamstring this weekend, are working your way back from a car accident, need relief from chronic arthritic pain or something else, we’re on your team. We help you improve performance, recover from injury, and prevent future injuries.
You don’t have to be a professional athlete to seek support from The Vancouver Clinic’s Sports Medicine specialists. We work with plenty of people who play sports for fun or just to stay active, want to get out of their exercise program, or who wish to increase flexibility and mobility in different parts of their bodies.
We build our work plans around helping you solve your individual issue or challenge. Below you’ll find a general list of core services and focus areas designed to help patients stay in play:
- Non surgical fracture management
- Shoulder injuries (including rotator cuffs)
- Tennis elbow
- Knee injuries (meniscus and ACL work ups)
- Hip pain with advanced US guided injections options in clinic
- Rib pain/fractures
- Carpal tunnel
- Arthritis pain of all extremities
- Trigger finger
How does someone become a “sports medicine” doctor?
Generally speaking, there are two types of sports medicine doctors: non-surgical, or primary care sports medicine doctors, and orthopedic surgeons.
Many primary care sports medicine doctors choose family medicine as their baseline training, complete three years of a family medicine residency after medical school, and then receive additional sports medicine training. Other choices for initial residency training prior to sports medicine include pediatrics, internal medicine, emergency medicine, musculoskeletal, and rehabilitation medicine. Each of these are non-surgical specialties. Orthopedic surgeons must of course complete an orthopedic surgery residency.
Why should I use ice and not heat on my injury?
Ice is the best way to prevent additional swelling to a new injury, whereas heat applied to a new injury will only increase swelling to the area and increase recovery time. Ice should be applied directly to the area for twenty minutes and off for sixty minutes. We always encourage you to discuss your injury with your doctor for a specific treatment plan.
How soon can I return to play after an injury?
If you are in the care of a physician, then the physician will set the timetable for your return. As an athlete, you must give the injury time to heal in order to avoid re-injuring yourself.
Even though we’re a diverse group of physicians, we approach each patient with a similar philosophy—to help you achieve a quick, safe return to your game. Expect us to be on top of your injury, to treat you with respect and care, and to present you with more treatment options than you even knew existed.