What Is Sports Medicine?
If you’ve sustained an injury while playing a sport or exercising, it’s common to go to a sports medicine health care provider to receive treatment. Sports medicine doctors like Dr. Salvatore Corso of New York Spine Institute specialize in orthopedic sports medicine and can ensure accurate diagnosis for various difficult sports-related injuries or conditions.
Whether you’ve just been advised to see a sports medicine health care provider for the first time or are curious and want to learn more about this type of medical care, here’s all you need to know about sports medicine.
What’s Sports Medicine?
While not a medical specialty, sports medicine is a branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of injuries related to physical fitness activities such as sports or exercise.
A doctor who specializes in sports medicine like Dr. Corso has the training and expertise to understand sports injuries and can assist all kinds of active people. The goal of sports medicine is to help you heal, get back in the game and maximize your performance. Whether dealing with an injured child or adult, these medical professionals have the specialized training needed to help athletes live an overall healthier lifestyle. Along with aiding an individual’s recovery from their sports injuries, Dr. Corso can help patients:
- Cope with any chronic illness they have.
- Identify the cause of their injury so they can prevent future harm.
- Learn more about diet and nutrition.
- Monitor injury prevention and minimize recovery time.
- Receive the care and rehabilitation procedures needed to heal and restore functionality and performance.
However, sports medicine involves more than just treating athletes. Individuals who have physically intense jobs or do a lot of manual labor can also benefit from receiving this type of treatment. Dr. Corso is deeply committed to the well-being of all his patients, ensuring consistent and accurate diagnoses no matter what caused your injury or orthopedic issue.
About Sports Medicine Health Care Providers
To treat sports-related or repetitive use injuries, most sports medicine providers will receive certification in a specialty such as family or internal medicine before receiving additional training. Usually, these board-certified professionals work as a team, most often led by a physician. Dr. Corso completed a fellowship in arthroscopy and sports medicine at the Orthopedic Research of Virginia. He partners with other experts in this field as a member of the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Division at NYSI.
Several other medical professionals may collaborate and deliver advice along with your main physician — ranging from information on exercise to dietary supplements. A team of sports medicine health care professionals will often include:
- Certified athletic trainers.
- Physical therapists.
- Rehabilitation specialists.
- Sports psychologists.
What Types of Injuries Can Sports Medicine Treat?
Specialists trained in sports medicine can treat a wide range of injuries brought about by any kind of physical fitness activity. Dr. Corso has expertise in treating a variety of injuries and underlying conditions, including:
- Ankle sprains.
- Cartilage injuries.
- Exercise-induced asthma.
- Heat illnesses.
- Knee/shoulder injuries.
- Shin splints.
- Torn rotator cuffs.
Start on the Road to Recovery at New York Spine Institute
Here at the New York Spine Institute, Dr. Salvatore Corso is proud to work with patients from all backgrounds to treat a wide range of conditions. Whether you are dealing with a common or complex sports injury, he will walk you through your treatment options to ensure you receive the best level of care. As part of the Tri-State’s largest multi-specialty spine and orthopedic center, Dr. Corso has extensive experience treating conditions involving the legs, arms, back and neck.
Dr. Corso is dedicated to serving with compassion and quality. No matter your injury, he and the rest of the NYSI team are here to help you find relief and restore your quality of life. By providing tailored medical treatments, we strive to meet all your specific needs.