What is a Sport Medicine Doctor?
Sport medicine encompasses the medicine and science of movement, sport performance, physical activity and wellness for individuals of all ages and abilities. Sport medicine physician have unique expertise in muscles, joints, and the other tissues of the musculoskeletal system. They are knowledgeable about performance and physical activity, whether at the elite, developmental or recreational levels. Sport and Exercise Medicine Physicians may be Family Medicine Physicians, Orthopedic Surgeons, Paediatricians or Physiatrists who have specialized additional training and completed their diploma in sport medicine.
At LiveActive Sport Medicine clinics, Sport Med Physicians promote physical and mental health and well being through physical activity and optimal nutrition. Physician visits are available at both LiveActive in Etobicoke and LiveActive’s Toronto location in the Beach. These appointments are covered by OHIP and other Canadian provincial heatlh programs.
What does a Sport Medicine Physician Treat
Injuries and Conditions
Sport Medicine physicians specialize in assessing and treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system such as overuse injuries like tendonitis, muscle or ligament strains and sprains, or traumatic injuries like joint dislocations and fractures. Sport Medicine physicians have the specialized training and skill to provide advice about activity modification, cross training, safe return to sport and activity. Injuries can include the following:
- Arthritis / Osteoarthritis (see blog post for more information)
- Sprains, strains
- Concussions (When should you get a concussion assessment?)
- Limping or other gait abnormalities
- Sport Related Concerns
Comprehensive Medical Care
The sport medicine physicians at LiveActive Sport Medicine provide an accurate diagnosis based on the history of the condition, a detailed physical examination and appropriate and timely investigations. They coordinate care and often refer a patient to other members of the team such as Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, Fascial Stretch Therapists, Dietician and Sport Psychologist to design an individualized treatment and prevention programme. Like the coach, choreographer or conductor, they bring together the skills of the team for optimal recovery and sport performance. Physiotherapy and other services are not covered by OHIP at LiveActive. A referral to a specialist will be completed should other doctors in our community be better skilled at helping a patient navigate treatment or recovery.
The physicians at LiveActive have over 15 years experience treating sport-related concussions. LiveActive uses the Complete Concussion Management protocol and is up to date with current international guidelines for the management of concussions. With an emphasis on the safe return to sport in young athletes, LiveActive physicians are involved in every stage of the return to play protocol. Doctors will coordinate comprehensive assessments and timely return to play protocols in conjunction with trained Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors. For more information on the LiveActive’s concussion diagnosis, treatment, and management protocols, please click here: Complete Concussion
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Performance, Exercise, and Injury Prevention
Optimal performance requires optimal training. The physicians at LiveActive complete comprehensive pre-participation assessments for individual athletes, performers or teams and recommend appropriate mental, nutritional and physical strategies to improve health, well being and performance. LiveActive supports the inititatives of each organization or sports team to improve training in sport. Medical coverage can be organized for team events and tournaments.
Other Health Concerns
Many patients are athletes, but sport physicians also assist individuals to improve their physical activity skills as part of comprehensive treatment of other medical problems like diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis. Sport and Exercise Medicine physicians are also knowledgeable about safe exercise and fitness during pregnancy and the post- partum period.
It is not uncommon for some injuries to respond best to injections. LiveActive doctors discuss treatment options with you and when necessary will recommend what injections are right for your situation. This procedure will often be performed with the use of a diagnostic ultrasound machine to improve accuracy and effectiveness. Common injections at LiveActive include:
- Hyaluronic Acid / Viscosupplementation
- Cortisone or Steroid
To learn more about injections at LiveActive Sport Medicine, see our blog post for Injections for Osteoarthritis
How Do I Book With A Sport Medicine Physician
Do I need a referral to see a Sport Medicine Doctor?
If an injury has previously been diagnosed or investigated by another health care practitioner, a referral will be required to see a Sport Doc at LiveActive. This additional information will often include a summary of any treatment recommendations, a current diagnosis, and any progress that has occured. A consultation request will share important information like imaging reports or other important tests as well. This will help the doctor identify what has been done already to help build a path forward. A consult note will be prepared for the referring doctor to ensure they are informed of any changes to your care plan.
Self Referred Consultation
For new injuries and acute concussions, patients do not need a refferal and our clinic coordinators in Etobicoke or Toronto will help coordinate an appointment as soon as possible.
To book an appointment with a LiveActive Sport Medicine Doctor, or to learn more, call 416-201-9770, email email@example.com, or click the links below: