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Please explain to me the difference between a sports medicine physician and a physical therapist.?

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Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine
8 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kim Fagan
Dr. Kim Fagan
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Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Leader v. Team

The physician (either md or do) is the leader in directing the care of an athletic injury.
They would diagnose and determine the best treatment. The therapist is a member of the team that treats the athlete's injury. The therapist may be one of many team members assisting in the athlete's treatment.

In brief: Leader v. Team

The physician (either md or do) is the leader in directing the care of an athletic injury.
They would diagnose and determine the best treatment. The therapist is a member of the team that treats the athlete's injury. The therapist may be one of many team members assisting in the athlete's treatment.
Dr. James Eitner
Dr. James Eitner
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Dr. Rosalyn Nguyen
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Rosalyn Nguyen
Dr. Rosalyn Nguyen
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