Just as your primary care physician manages your overall health, primary care sports medicine physicians at Baptist Health Orthopedic Care take care of your musculoskeletal health and treat conditions that affect your sports health and performance. Our primary care sports medicine physicians care for you just as they care for the professional, college and student athletes of South Florida.
In fact, our primary care sports medicine physicians evaluate most people who come to Baptist Health Orthopedic Care. They listen to your description of your condition, examine you and order any tests needed to confirm a diagnosis or treat your injury or condition, non-surgically. They also manage your condition to help you return to the activities you enjoy most.
This group of physicians, along with athletic trainers, provide a service unique to many orthopedics and sports medicine practices and treat patients of all age groups.
Which conditions do the primary care sports medicine physicians at Baptist Health Orthopedic Care treat?
Primary care sports medicine physicians understand the entire body and are trained as primary care physicians but have a specialization in orthopedics and sports medicine. For this reason, they often are the first-line caregivers who manage the care of musculoskeletal injuries non-surgically and will determine if an orthopedic surgeon’s expertise may be what you need.
- Overuse injuries
- Muscle and ligament injuries
- Hip labral issues
- Sports hernias
- Plantar fasciitis
How do primary care sports medicine doctors at Baptist Health Orthopedic Care diagnose sports injuries and conditions?
Our team of primary care sports medicine doctors evaluate you first with a physical exam, which includes gathering information about past injuries and treatments, symptoms and other health information that gives them insight into your condition. For musculoskeletal injuries or pain, they may use X-rays or ultrasound imaging, performed in our office, to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. Blood work may be ordered for evaluation.
A CT scan, MRI or electromyography (EMG) may be necessary, depending on the initial diagnosis and recommended treatment.
How do Baptist Health Orthopedic Care’s primary care sports medicine physicians treat sports injuries?
Our primary care sports medicine physicians often begin treatment with the most-effective non-surgical approaches available for your injury or condition. Braces or splints that immobilize a bone, muscle, joint or tendon often allow injuries to rest enough to heal. Physical therapy also proves effective for restoring function and range of motion. And our physicians regularly use injections of medication, platelet-rich plasma or stem cells to treat musculoskeletal injuries or conditions.
If your injury requires surgery, the primary care sports medicine physicians work with our Board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons to find the most effective, least invasive surgery that will resolve your problem and get you back to your life.
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Establishing a well-rounded routine related to exercise, nutrition and sleep can help young athletes feel more in control and alleviate some of the emotional strain they are feeling. It can also help them stay fit and healthy so they are ready to return to formalized training, practice and competition.
Our approach to primary care sports medicine
From our primary care sports medicine team at Baptist Health Orthopedic Care, you can expect:
- A group of physicians with special training in the management of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions that impact athletic performance.
- An emphasis on non-surgical treatments proven to treat orthopedic injuries and conditions.
- Access to the latest orthobiologics, including platelet-rich plasma and stem cell injections to speed up healing.
- A network of care providers, including athletic trainers, who focus on getting you back to your normal activity quickly and preventing future injuries.
Our primary care sports medicine experts also evaluate concussions. Since we cover most high school sports in Miami-Dade County, college athletics and professional teams, it’s likely our initial evaluation will take place immediately after the injury. But, if you experience a concussion elsewhere, our team can evaluate you, following an evidence-based concussion protocol. Our conservative and proactive approach to diagnosing and treating concussions minimizes long-term effects and maximizes a quick recovery.
Primary care sports medicine physicians are primary care doctors with additional training in orthopedics and sports medicine. Unlike orthopedic surgeons, primary care sports medicine physicians do not perform surgery. They do collaborate with orthopedic surgeons, giving you complete care for your injury or condition.
Board certification means physicians have completed their educational requirements and have passed a test related to their specialty area. Fellowship training means they have extended their training beyond their specialty, offering them a deeper familiarity with their specialty and research opportunities.
Additionally, these physicians are training the next generation of physicians through a robust Primary Care/Sports Medicine Fellowship. This advances our physicians’ training, as they must stay current with the latest research, diagnostic tools and treatments.
Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center
The heart of the Institute, the Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center, is located on the Doctors Hospital campus in Coral Gables. This facility houses several orthopedics and sports medicine clinics and an ambulatory surgery center with four operating rooms. The Center complements the Institute’s integrated network of locations, which includes additional outposts throughout the tri-county South Florida region. We are extremely proud of the orthopedic expertise available to patients at Doctors Hospital and throughout our region, and remain dedicated to providing outstanding medical care to all we serve.
I appreciate Dr. Swartzon’s conservative approach, and I knew he would help me avoid the expense and pain of total knee replacement surgery, if possible.
Research and Education
Our highly skilled physicians remain on the cutting edge of orthopedic research.