Sports Medicine Physicians are Medical Doctors that specialise in diagnosing and managing sport and exercise-related injuries.
An appointment with a Sports Medicine Physician provides patients with:
- Thorough clinical examinations
- Swift and immediate referrals to medical imaging and testing (e.g. MRI, CT, XR, Bone scans, nerve
conduction studies and blood tests)
- In depth interpretation of medical imaging and tests
- Definitive diagnosis and treatment options
- Advocacy and planning of an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to management
- Expert clinical opinion and advice regarding return to work, activity and/or sport
A Sports Medicine Physician can be used for the following applications
- management of sports injuries
- overuse injuries
- acute injury diagnosis and management
- stress fractures
- exercise in pregnancy
- aging athletes
- pre sport physical examination
PRP INJECTION THERAPY (PRP)
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections are a new therapy for sports injury. This form of injection is often used to treat tendon pathology and is also indicated for certain osteoarthritis conditions. Tendons have poor blood supply and therefore poor healing. The idea of performing PRP injections arose from the known benefits of surgical techniques that simply improve blood supply to an injured structures, such as tendons and joint surfaces.
This type of treatment involves removing blood from the patient and spinning the blood in a centrifuge to obtain the PRP substance which has a high concentration of the platelets and other proteins which can accelerate healing.
Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis, treatments like Viscosupplementation can help relieve pain and restore function in OA joints such as knees, hips, ankles and shoulders. This procedure involves injecting a liquid substance called hyaluronic acid into a joint. Hyaluronic acid acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other. It is a naturally occurring substance and people with osteoarthritis have a low concentration of hyaluronic acid in their joints.
Prolotherapy (Proliferative Therapy), also know as Non-Surgical Ligament and Tendon Reconstruction and Regenerative Joint Injection, is a recognized orthopedic procedure that stimulates the body’s healing processes to strengthen and repair injured and painful joints and connective tissue. Prolotherapy works by stimulating the body’s natural healing mechanisms to lay down new tissue in the weakened area. Injections contain natural substances that stimulate the healing response, as well as local anesthetic agents to help with the pain of the injection. Traditional formulas include ingredients such as dextrose, saline and lidocaine.
Are a safe and effective treatment option for many different types of sports and musculoskeletal injuries. Cortisone is naturally produced by the body and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. An injection uses a synthetic version of cortisone, which is injected in or around the injured tissue.
Cortisone injections are an effective treatment option for:
- Joint pain
- Other musculoskeletal problems (eg. neuritis)
*The injections should only be administered by a trained physician.