SPORTS MEDICINE is a practice commonly associated with physical therapy (PT), which, by extension, is often seen as the same as sports rehabilitation. At Montvale Health Sport + Spine, we understand the confusion and are proud to report that we practice all of the above here. You’ll see many of the distinctions in our professional offerings and superbly qualified staff.
According to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, “Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), also known as physiatry or rehabilitation medicine, aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.”
Let’s get the fundamental differences out of the way before we continue. For starters, the difference between sports rehab and physical therapy is in the clients themselves and their healing needs. PT patients require rehabilitation and restoration of mobility to recover normal active lives if possible. A doctor may even prescribe or recommend PT as recovery from injury or surgery. Sports rehab serves athletes and people active in sports, fitness programs and recreational programs requiring physical exertion and prowess.
Benefits of Sports Medicine…
As for sports medicine, it also utilizes therapy regimens with an emphasis on healing, strengthening and restoring for those intent on return to the demands of professional, collegiate and amateur athletics. Recreational and physical activities such as distance running, church softball and even bowling may also require the services of a sports medicine physician. They diagnose injuries and disorders, prescribe medication when needed and perform medical procedures, including joint injection therapy and reduction of pain and inflammation in critical joints like the knee.
Injury and damage to knees are taken seriously at Montvale Health Sport + Spine. We can start you on the path toward wholesale healing and complete relief.
We can relieve pain and discomfort from injury, wear and tear and the cumulative effects of aging on all the joints that influence your mobility and physical proficiency, including shoulders, elbows and hips. We will effectively diagnose and treat issues involving the back and neck, so closely related, under the umbrella of sports medicine.
Lower-body injuries, especially in the knee joint, are annually on the list of top 10 injuries incurred in sports and recreational programs, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). We hear often of ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears and strains, generally known among athletes and sports fans. But there are more common injuries, known formally as Patellofemoral Syndrome, which can include anything that may cause swelling, pain and injury to the knee, including the kneecap or patella. This general condition, most often caused by impact and falls, is the most prevalent recreational and sports injury, with diverse treatments usually effective in our sports medicine protocol.
You might say that sports medicine is a necessity in an active culture where competition and exercise are such an important part of our lifestyle. It is not just relegated to the young, because there are few sports and activities exempt from the older set. This opens the door for all kinds of sports-related injuries, and we’re here to diagnose and treat seemingly unavoidable injuries encompassing bones and complex joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles.
Just for the record…
The most common sports-related sports injuries in the United States, according to the National Health Statistics Reports, are:
- ankle sprains
- groin pulls
- hamstring strains
- shin splints
- knee injury (Patellofemoral Syndrome)
- knee injury (ACL tear)
- tennis elbow
And how about the most frequent activities resulting in sports injuries responsible for annual emergency department (ED) visits for children and young adults? Most recent data from the CDC reports the following percentages:
- football (14.1)
- basketball (12.5)
- pedal cycling (9.9)
- soccer (7.1)
- skateboarding and ice/roller skating (6.9)