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When Do You (Yes, Even You) Need a Sports Medicine Physician?

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Did you know that you can have a sports injury even if you’re not an athlete?

Sports injuries are a catch-all term for any injury caused by an active lifestyle, or from a physical activity of any kind. If you have a sports injury, you might think about visiting your primary care physician, but you should also consider seeing a sports medicine physician, particularly if you have a condition that’s affecting the way you move.

What’s the difference between a primary care physician and a sports medicine physician?

While your primary care physician can certainly diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries, a sports medicine physician’s work is more specialized. Sports medicine emphasizes the musculoskeletal system — that is, bones, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues. They’re specifically trained in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injured individuals and athletes. They commonly prescribe medication, treat sprains, strains, tears, fractures/breaks, knee or shoulder injuries, tendinitis, osteoarthritis and concussions — the types of injuries an athlete might typically suffer. If you’re looking to improve your activity, a sports medicine physician can help you out with that, too. Sports medicine includes educating patients on safe ways to exercise, injury prevention, and even nutrition.

What sports medicine physician is available to me?

At AdventHealth Sports Medicine, conveniently located inside the AdventHealth Port Orange Health Park in Port Orange, Florida, Dr. Ron Rosenberg is a go-to source for all things sports medicine. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, where he earned his Doctor of Medicine, Dr. Rosenberg completed a residency in Family Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of South Carolina. Passionate about his work, he says that the most fulfilling part of his job is seeing people with improved function. "I always tell patients, whether you're healing from an injury or just trying to get back to your day-to-day life, my goal is to get you back to where you need to be so that you can enjoy the things you love."

If you have a sports medicine concern, Dr. Rosenberg is accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, visit his page.

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