What is sports medicine and where can I find sports medicine in Boca Raton?
Sports medicine is defined as “an area of medical practice concerned with the treatment of injuries resulting from athletic activities”. In addition to treating injuries sports medicine can also be involved with preventing injuries. Orthopaedic Surgery Associate’s sports medicine doctors in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach treat a variety of sports related injuries. Typical injuries are acute injuries, such as ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee & shoulder injuries, and fractures. They also include overuse injuries (e.g. rotator cuff tears, and other forms of tendonitis), plus osteoarthritis.
What is the difference between a Sports Medicine Specialist and an Orthopedic Surgeon?
Both sports medicine specialists and orthopedic surgeons are well trained in musculoskeletal medicine. The common understanding is that sports medicine specialists specialize more in the non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, whereas orthopedic surgeons are able to perform surgery. The doctors here at Orthopaedic Surgery Associates combine the best of both specialties. For example, Dr. Eric Shapiro is an orthopedic surgeon in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, and also has a fellowship in sports medicine. Similarly, Dr. Charlton Stucken is an orthopedic doctor in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach and also has a sports medicine fellowship. This leaves both doctors in an ideal position to provide patients with non-surgical treatment, while still having the option of surgery for the small percentage of cases which require surgery.
What type of patients do sports medicine specialists treat?
Contrary to what you may think, sports medicine is not purely restricted to the treatment of athletes. Patients do not have to be a professional athlete in order to suffer from a sports medicine injury. Such injuries can also occur to non-professional athletes. Furthermore, workers’ compensation injuries can also be treated by sports medicine specialists, as the types of injuries incurred in a work environment often mirror the mechanism of injury involved in athletic activity.
When searching for sports medicine in Boca Raton, we encourage you to choose Orthopaedic Surgery Associates. We have two Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeons who have fellowships in Sports Medicine. For a consultation with one of our sports medicine doctors in Boca Raton or Boynton Beach, please Contact Us or Schedule Online.
You can find us at these locations:
Boca Raton Location Boynton Beach Location
1601 Clint Moore Road 2828 S. Seacrest Blvd. Suite 104/204
Boca Raton, FL 33487 Boynton Beach, FL, 33435
T: (561) 395-5733 T: (561) 734-5080
F: (561) 369-1332 F: (561) 369-133