Do I See A Doctor for Sports Medicine or Orthopaedics?

When one sustains an injury to their ligaments, bones, tendons and joints, it often takes a very long time to heal because of how fragile and importance these systems are with regards to the musculoskeletal structure of the human body. For minor injuries such as first degree sprains, an individual will be able to heal without surgery, and will not necessarily need the guidance of a doctor but for repeat and major injuries, orthopedic therapy may be required.

What Does It Do?

Therapy looks to diagnose the problem, provide proper treatment with rehabilitation and then provide preventative measures so that it does not become a chronic issue. Most of the time, people believe that orthopaedics deals primarily with sports related injuries, also known as sports medicine, but there is quite a difference between a physical therapist in sports medicine, and one in orthopaedics.

Sports medicine does deal with musculoskeletal issues such as problems with torn ligaments and misaligned tendons, but it also deals with cardiology, nutrition, bio-mechanics and a large host of other specialities. Sports medicine is not just an orthopaedic speciality as many tend to think. On the other hand, physical therapists in general orthopaedics may treat infections, do hip transplants, treat congenital conditions, or help children who need to develop their fine motor skills. Both types of therapy deal with a large and diverse field of knowledge, and knowing which area of expertise you require is important in order to get the proper treatment.