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Sports Medicine Physician Assistant
What is primary care sports medicine and how is a primary care sports med doc different from an orthopedist who does sports med?
Surgery: A primary care sports medicine doctor can do a fellowship just as an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a sports fellowship. The main difference is that the Orthopaedic surgeon can actually operate and repair injuries. Both doctors can diagnose and treat sports related injuries. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would emergency medicine doctors in the ED rather work with a family nurse practitioner, acute care nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant?
Yes: There are many good training programs in primary care sports medicine in which a family medicine doctor, emergency medicine doctor, or a pediatrician interested in athletic injuries and conditions can train. Despite the publicity of professional athletes getting surgery, the majority of sports medicine issues do not require an operation and can be managed by nonsurgical specialists. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Structural problem: Most scoliosis problems that I have seen originate from three load bearing areas. The TMJ can cause postural avoidance of pain/airway going down the body, the hips both ascending/descending issues, and feet problems ascending up the body. Everything is connected. You could have a single problem or several overlapping. You may need to see several specialist to get diagnosis and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Balanced approach: We try to take each individual patient as a whole. We take the history of the injury as well as overall conditioning very seriously, this goes along with the examination of the ligaments, areas or pain/tenderness, and ability to illicit pain (making it hurt in the office). Together, we take this information and apply it to your individual life situation to formulate a treatment plan. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Both: It doesn't matter. What matters is the person's skills, knowledge, personality, bedside manner, and teamwork. ...Read more
If i want to become a team physician, should I practice family medicine or emergency medicine? I would specialize in sports medicine after.
Either: Several types of physicians become team physicians, most have additional sports medicine fellowship training. Depends on what you like, fast pace of er, pulling out stethoscope and otoscopes in fp, then there's surgery with orthopaedics, or in-depth musculoskeletal focus of physical medicine ; rehabilitation. All can specialize in sports medicine afterwards. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Team physician: Lots of different docs can subspecialize in sports medicine... While orthopaedics is common, pediatrics, family practice, internal medicine, physical medicine and rehab, and er all can do fellowships in sports medicine. If you are looking for a good one...Make sure they are fellowship trained. If you really want to make sure they are good with athletes...Check to see if they are a team physician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What's your opinion of chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths and other alternative medicine specialists?
Good but it depends: Some practitioners in all fields of medicine are better at it than others. Some are too opinionated to get good answers, some more skilled than others, some curious to dig deep and have great instincts too. But generally speaking, I am delighted that more and more people are gaining access to real healthcare instead of getting hooked on pharmaceuticals and dealing with the side effects. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
5yr + 1yr fellowship: Othropaedic residency traing is 5 years and includes a significant amount of sports medicine. Those physicians looking to focus more on that aspect of orthopaedics can do a one year fellowship in sports medicine, after they complete their residency. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
REad below: Physical medicine and rehabilition (pm&r) concerns bringing a person to his or her individual highest level of function regardless of the underlying illness or disability. Most pm&r speicialists (physicatrist) specialise in particular disorders such as spinal cord or brain injury, nerve injury or musculosckeletal injury, or occupational health, or children's physical problems. ...Read more
Yes: An occupational medicine physician wears different hats. Depending on what they do, they may have a duty to inform your employer of safety risks that you may pose to yourself and others due to certain medical conditions that you have. For example, if you have a cdl and you develop diabetes and take insulin, and the occ med doc finds out, they are required to inform your employer of this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am interested being treated holistically by a functional medicine practitioner. Do you offer any non-allopathic advice here?
Yes: Given both the increasing demand for urological evaluation and care due to the aging population (~10,000 “baby boomers” turning age 65 every day for the next 10-12 years) and increasing shortage of urologists (average age of currently practicing urologists is 55), there is an ever-increasing demand for and use of mid-level providers (physician assistants and nurse practitioners) by urologists. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Australia: A bit more than here, especially loving tenents, due to demand. ...Read more
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