Sports medicine is also known as sports and exercise medicine (SEM).
Working with athletes across a wide range of sporting disciplines SEM Doctors bring knowledge and experience on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries related to both sporting activities and day to day injuries.
State of the art diagnostic and treatment tools for performance analysis help in diagnosing and restoring function so patients can get moving again as soon as possible.
Sports doctors & Physicians will also see people from all walks of life with back pain, joint, bone and other musculoskeletal injuries, as well as generalized medical care.
Although sports doctors are known to treat athletes, we also have a number of patients attending appointments who have both sedentary and physically demanding jobs.
What’s the difference between a physiotherapist and a sports doctor?
Physiotherapists and Sports doctors are highly educated in dealing with musculoskeletal disorders, both work closely together in managing patient’s diagnosis & treatment.
Both provide services in restoring, maintaining and maximising movement, relieving pain and increasing quality of life. However, there are some slight differences which may leave you questioning which one is best suited to your issue.
Sports medicine doctors have a mix of medical knowledge and are certified in one, some or all of the below –
- Family/General medicine
- Sports medicine
- Diagnostic Ultrasound
- Referrals for diagnostic imaging and other consultants
- Ultrasound guided injections
- Shockwave therapy
- MSK (musculoskeletal) medicine
- Surgical training – usually as orthopedic surgeons
- Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine
A SEM doctor can also work closely with an athlete, improving their sporting performance by focusing on the medical, therapeutic, and functional aspects of exercise.
A Physiotherapist helps to rehabilitate patients allowing them to feel comfortable and cope in their day-to-day life. Where as a sports doctor may help you maintain a higher level of fitness to continue on with your sporting activity.
What conditions does a SEM Doctor see?
A Sports doctor will see anyone suffering from an injury or illness, to help manage, repair or prevent further pain or difficulties.
This maybe from an impact injury, a prolonged injury or indeed to aid recovery or manage an illness, such as diabetes.
This includes conditions such as –
- Soft-tissue injuries of muscles and ligaments or stress fractures
- Full fractures
- Cartilage injuries
- Back & shoulder pain
- Joint pain
- Golfer’s & Tennis elbow
- Achilles & Plantar fasciitis
- Heart disease
- Exercise-induced asthma
- Stress and mental illness
- Obesity and other Eating disorders
We accept both self fund patients and health insurance covered patients. All healthcare insurances cover you to see a sports doctor with some may require you to have a GP referral.