A sports physician is a medical doctor specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. A sports physician treats a wide range of problems from sore shoulders to spinal cord injuries. They see patients in all age groups and treat problems that touch upon all the major systems in the body. These specialists focus on restoring function to people.
To become a sports physician, individuals must successfully complete four years of graduate medical education and four additional years of postdoctoral residency training. Residency training includes one year spent developing fundamental clinical skills and three additional years of training in the full scope of the specialty.
Sports physicians treat acute and chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders. They may see a person who lifts a heavy object at work and experiences back pain, a basketball player who sprains an ankle and needs rehabilitation to play again, or a knitter who has carpal tunnel syndrome. A sport physician’s patients include people with arthritis, tendonitis, any kind of back pain, personal injury patients and work- or sports-related injuries.
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