Sports Medicine Specialist

Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center

Orthopedic Surgeons & Spine Surgeons located in Merrillville, IN & Gary, IN

Sports medicine is a specialty service offered by the physicians at the Merrillville, Indiana Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center because sports and orthopedics are frequent bedfellows. Sports medicine is a field that focuses on injuries and conditions related to athletics. That can include anything from professional competition to high school sports to the occasional marathon runner.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is a sports medicine service?

Sports medicine is a subspecialty taken up by many orthopedic surgeons or specialists because of the close relationship that exists there. The specialists at Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center undergo additional training in this field, so they have a unique understanding of how athletics can affect the musculoskeletal and central nervous systems. Sports medicine covers several disciplines such as:

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Internal medicine
  • Emergency medicine
  • Neuromusculoskeletal medicine
  • Physical rehabilitation

A specialist in sports medicine would have some training in many of these fields to get a Certificate of Added Qualifications.

What kind of injuries does the sports medicine service treat?

Specialists in this field are qualified to treat any medical problem, but they tend to focus on orthopedic sports-related injuries such as:

  • ACL tear
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Sprains
  • Fractures
  • Strains

Anything directly connected to an athletic challenge. Sports medicine isn't just about offering treatment for an injury, either. It's as much preventative as it is emerging care. Specialists in this field work with athletes at all levels to help them train in ways that prevent common injuries.

Does the sports medicine service cover children who play sports?

Pediatric and adolescents are some of the most common patients in any sports medicine service. Many injuries that occur during a game or training session are unique to young patients, so it's an important part of the service. The specialists at Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center can work with parents on early injury recognition and treatment to lessen the risks, especially in critical areas like concussions where symptoms aren't always apparent. Head injuries like this need time to heal, so recognition is crucial.

What symptoms should parents look for if they suspect a concussion?

Signs of a possible concussion include:

  • Headache
  • Head pressure
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Poor balance
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry vision
  • Feeling tired or sluggish
  • Poor concentration
  • Memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Mood or personality changes

With children, concussions are especially dangerous. One concussion can mean the child is prone to them and repeated concussion can cause long-term damage to the brain. Anyone who suspects their child has had even one concussion should see a sports medicine specialist at Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center.