Sports medicine physicians have specialized training in the field of medicine that deals with sports or exercise-related injuries. Their primary focus is on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of injuries that occur during sports and other physical activities.
A sports medicine physician receives special training during a fellowship program in sports medicine after finishing a residency program in another specialty, such as primary care or orthopaedic surgery.
Dr. Jaureguito, the director of the FORM Sports Medicine Program, is an Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine. He has a specialized interest in treating knee, shoulder, and hip conditions. Learn more about Dr. Jaureguito.
What is the difference between a Sports Medicine Physician and an Orthopaedic Surgeon?
Both are well trained in musculoskeletal medicine. Sports medicine physicians specialize in the non-operative medical treatment of musculoskeletal sports conditions. When conditions require surgery, a sports medicine physician can expedite referral to the orthopaedic surgeons in the office.
The sports medicine program at FORM is comprehensive. With both a non-operative sports medicine physician and orthopaedic surgeons on staff, the patient can expect the best treatment without having to travel to another busy office. When indicated, we recommend appropriate rehabilitative care as well.
Why See a Sports Medicine Physician?
A sports medicine specialist is not just for the high school, college, or professional athlete. The same expertise used for the competitive athlete can be applied for the the “weekend warrior” or “industrial athlete” who experiences an injury to, the same expertise used for the competitive athlete can be applied to return the individual as quickly as possible to full function and FORM as quickly as possible.
Sports medicine physicians have specialized training that promotes lifelong fitness and wellness, and encourages injury prevention. They help patients maximize function and minimize disability and time away from sports, school, or work. They treat a variety of acute musculoskeletal problems such as ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee & shoulder injuries and fractures. Additionally, they treat overuse injuries such as tendonitis and stress fractures.
Sports medicine physicians also treat non-musculoskeletal aspects of sports medicine, including:
- Pre-participation physical exam
- Concussion treatment & management
- Athletes with chronic or acute illness, such as “Mono”, asthma or diabetes
- Nutrition, supplements, ergogenic aids and performance issues
- Exercise prescription for patients who want to increase their fitness
- Injury prevention
- “Return to play” decisions in the sick or injured athlete
- Healthy lifestyle promotion
FORM physicians are the official team physicians for: