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Sports Medicine Physician Assistant
Competitive: Another physician implied that because it was not surgical it was easy to get a sports medicine position. I am really not sure what was meant by that comment. Please know that the primary care sports medicine training programs that are accredited and what you want to go to are competitive. The advantage you do have over orthopedics is that there are 112 accredited fp sports programs vs. 95 ortho.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 5 more doctor answers
I'm looking into studying this field in college and becoming a nonsurgical sports medicine physician. How did you get here? And what was your major?
Physician training: I trained as a physicist both in college and graduate school. Do what you love and then you won't have to work a day in your life.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
Prescribing..: A sports medicine physician had graduated from 4 years of medical school, 3-5 years of residency, 1-2 years of fellowship, and has an md or do degree who can order studies, prescribe pt, prescribe medications, etc. A physical therapist is skilled in hands on physical treatment. If a physical therapist is on health tap they can further comment on the educational duration and background.See 2 more doctor answers
One Is a doctor: Sports medicine physicians are md or do and have, on average, gone to 4 years of med school, 4-5 years of residency and one year of fellowship. They have the ability to diagnose, treat, perform injections, provide manual therapy, prescribe medication and perform surgery. Physical therapists help with rehab by doing/teaching exercises, manual therapy, modalities, but usually require an rx from md.See 3 more doctor answers
Please explain to me the difference between a sports medicine physician and a physical therapist.?
Physician is a M.D.: A sports medicine physician completes medical school or osteopathic school, an internship/ residency and additional fellowship training in sports medicine. A physical therapist attends physical therapy school following college which is, like medical school, highly competitive. Some will continue training to receive their doctorate in physical therapy. Both are essential to the care of athletes.See 2 more doctor answers
What's the difference between a sports medicine physician and a sports-centered physical therapist?
Different training: A sports medicine physician completed medical school (4 years), residency (3-5 years), and sports medicine fellowship (1-2 years) and is a doctor who can order tests, prescribe medications, prescribe physical therapy, some give injections, some are surgeons. A physical therapist treats patients with hands on treatments.See 2 more doctor answers
Training: Most who choose this pathway start with meaningful training such as orthopedic surgery and physiatry. You can then present your skills to local sports teams as a volunteer for high schools and colleges. As your reputation grows, your identity in this area will grow and eventually you can become known as a 'sports medicine physician'.See 1 more doctor answer
Not just one: To be a sports medicine physician, a physician must complete a 1 year fellowship after residency in sports medicine. Doctors who trained in family practice, physiatry (physical medicine and rehabilitation), emergency medicine, pediatrics, and internal medicine are all elligible to sit for the sports medicine board exam. Orthopedic surgeons can do a fellowship and sit for a surgical sport exam.See 5 more doctor answers
Should I see a sports medicine md or a chiropratic physician to increase the degree of horizontal head turning when the cause is not accident related?
Do doctors usually perform ultrasounds to diagnose muscle strains as part of the diagnosis in sports medicine?
U/S IN SPORTS: U/S modalities are becoming more popular through medicine & sports medicine is no different, particularly with the increased optics (resolution) of U/S probes. A skilled ultrasound operator & U/S interpreter may be able to identify edema associated with muscle injuries but it would require a level of training that many providers don't have. Image shows U/S of rotator tendon injury w/ edema.See 3 more doctor answers
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.See 4 more doctor answers
Yes: Yes, there is a board certification for sports medicine, available to many specialties (family practice, physiatry/rehabilitation medicine, etc). There is a separate subspecialty certification for orthopedic sports medicine available to orthopedic surgeons who complete a sports fellowship program.See 6 more doctor answers
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.See 4 more doctor answers
They're Competitive: There are typically 10-20 applicants per spot for most fellowships. Really depends on the merits of the program. My best advice for someone trying to get one is to do a rotation with the program your interested in an then continue to show up at event coverage, mass physicals etc. Make sure they know your serious and dedicated. As a fellowship director I always found dedication impressive.See 3 more doctor answers
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