Sports Medicine in Midland and Odessa, TX
Our sports medicine specialists work together with athletic trainers, coaches, and physical therapists to help our athletes recover fully and get back to playing as quickly as possible while minimizing the risk of re-injury.
Along with treating sports injuries, our providers are happy to help with annual sports physicals and bracing to ensure the safest play possible.
Urgent Orthopedic Specialists will be offering a Saturday sports injury clinic during football season on Saturday mornings. Please call us at 432.520.3020 for dates and time.
Our providers are proud to support all West Texas athletes and fitness enthusiasts.
Contact Urgent Orthopedic Specialists to learn more about sports medicine where we serve the Midland, Odessa, Big Spring, Stanton, Andrews, and every other small town in between!
What is a sports medicine physician?
Sport medicine physicians have significant specialized training in both the treatment and prevention of injury, particularly those that occur with or are due to sports involvement. These doctors provide medical care for athletes, sports teams, and active individuals. Sports medicine doctors specialize solely in non-surgical sports medicine.
This is the training necessary to become a sports medicine physician:
- Board certified in emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, or physical medicine/rehabilitation
- Has obtained one to two years of additional fellowship training in sports medicine
- Has passed the national sports medicine certification examination, allowing them to hold a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine
- Participates in continuing medical education activities and is recertified every 10 years through re-examination
- Is a leader of the sports medicine team, which likely also includes specialty surgeons and physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, coaches, and other personnel
Sports medicine is a recognized subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Subspecialties and by Medicare.
What is the difference between a sports medicine physician and an orthopedic surgeon?
This is an important distinction because about 90 percent of all sports injuries do not require surgery. Both the sports medicine physician and orthopedic surgeon have extensive training and knowledge in musculoskeletal medicine. Sports medicine physicians specialize in non-surgical treatments, while orthopedic surgeons are also trained in the surgical repair and treatment of sports injuries. The sports medicine physician is often the gatekeeper, maximizing non-surgical treatments, managing referrals to physical and occupational therapists, and to orthopedic surgeons, if necessary.
What problems can a Sports Medicine Physician treat?
Sports medicine physicians receive additional training treating these musculoskeletal problems:
- Acute injuries — Muscle strains, ankle sprains, knee and shoulder injuries, and fractures
- Overuse injuries — Rotator cuff injuries and other forms of tendonitis, muscle tears, and stress fractures
Sports medicine physicians also receive additional training in non-musculoskeletal aspects of sports medicine. These are common examples:
- Concussion and other head injuries
- Injury prevention
- Nutrition, supplements, ergogenic aids, and other performance issues
- Prescribing exercise to increase fitness
- Athletes with chronic or acute illness (such as mononucleosis, asthma, or diabetes)
- Recommendations on safe strength training and conditioning exercises
- “Return to play” decisions for sick or injured athletes
- Healthy lifestyle promotion
Do sports medicine physicians only treat athletes?
No, sports medicine physicians treat anyone who is active. This may be a non-athletic fitness regimen, or it could be a weekend warrior playing in a softball league. The injuries sustained when using the body are the same for competitive athletes and anyone else. A knee can be strained slipping on a stair just as it can in a tackle during a football game.
Would I need a referral to see a sports medicine doctor?
This depends upon your insurance plan, but not in most cases. You would need a referral to see an orthopedic surgeon, however.
When can I resume exercise after an injury?
As you would assume, this is completely arbitrary depending on your injury. For instance, a severely strained Achilles tendon could limit leg exercise for months, while a strained muscle could come around in just a week or two. The team at Urgent Orthopedic Specialists doesn’t follow a pat timeframe, instead matching treatment, recovery, and rehabilitation to the patient and the injury. Many sports injuries need from four to six weeks before the patient can resume exercise.