Sports medicine is the specialty in health care that’s focused on physical fitness and overall wellness. Sports medicine doctors are trained in diagnosing, treating, and preventing musculoskeletal injuries in athletes of all levels, but the benefits of sports medicine care go far beyond the playing field.
Could sports medicine improve your health? What do sports medicine doctors treat? And how does sports medicine care differ from that of your general practitioner?
Aron Rovner, MD specializes in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine at New York Spine and Sports Surgery in Garden City, New York, and Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Along with our medical team, he offers comprehensive sports medicine care for both athletes and weekend warriors alike.
If you’re a student, recreational, or professional athlete (or you simply live an active lifestyle), it’s time to find out more about the benefits of sports medicine.
Preventive sports medicine care
Accidents happen, and not every injury can be prevented. However, proper training and strengthening can reduce your risk of injury if you’re an athlete or you’re just starting a new exercise routine.
Overall wellness starts with a physical fitness plan that’s appropriate for you. Stretching before and after workouts and building strength in muscle groups across the body enhances overall wellness, and sports medicine specialists can help you find a routine that fits your needs.
Engaging with a sports medicine provider can offer a type of personal training. Along with targeted exercises to build strength and prevent injury, sports medicine care can include holistic elements like diet and nutrition, too.
Diagnosing and treating sports injuries
If you suffer a musculoskeletal injury, seeing a sports medicine doctor is one of the best ways to ensure you get an appropriate treatment plan. Dr. Rovner specializes in diagnosing and treating injuries affecting the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Depending on the severity of your injury, we offer a range of nonsurgical treatments that include:
- Activity modification
- Anti-inflammatory injections
- Physical therapy
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Steroid injections
More severe injuries, like rotator cuff tears or meniscus tears, may require surgery. Dr. Rovner and our team use minimally invasive surgical techniques to repair damage and facilitate recovery so you can get back in the game faster.
While it’s called sports medicine, these services can benefit people who aren’t athletes, too. Anyone who’s suffered a painful injury that keeps them from enjoying an active life could benefit from sports medicine rehabilitation at New York Spine and Sports Surgery.
Building strength and preventing reinjury
Suffering a musculoskeletal injury may increase your risk of getting injured again in the future, particularly if you return to the same sport or activity once you’ve recovered. But suffering one injury doesn’t have to mean you’re destined for more injuries in the future.
Another goal of sports medicine care is reducing that risk and helping you stay healthy in the long term. Participating in physical therapy after an injury or orthopedic surgery is one of the best ways to prevent reinjury.
Dr. Rovner and our team develop a personalized physical therapy plan that meets your needs, with the goal of building strength, increasing mobility, and reducing pain. Receiving our sports medicine care as you heal and recover could minimize your chances of reinjury later on.
Find comprehensive sports medicine care at New York Spine and Sports Surgery. Call the office nearest you or request your first appointment online to get started.