Sports & Musculoskeletal Medicine in Manhattan
What is sports and musculoskeletal medicine?
Musculoskeletal medicine deals with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the muscles and bones, also known as the musculoskeletal system. The term “sports injuries” is commonly used to refer to injuries of the musculoskeletal system.
A physiatrist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of musculoskeletal problems. This type of doctor provides care for patients who require physical rehabilitation for the back, neck, and other musculoskeletal conditions, including sports and work-related injuries, using musculoskeletal medicine and procedures.
What do physiatrists treat?
Physiatrists provide high quality, personalized care for patients with a wide range of symptoms and conditions. Common conditions treated by a physiatry doctor include:
- Carpal tunnel
- Acute and chronic back pain
- Acute injuries, including sprains, strains and stress fractures
- Shoulder injuries, including rotator cuff injuries
- Knee pain and injuries
- Hip pain and injuries
- Various types of sports-related injuries
What procedures do physiatrists perform?
Our physiatrists can perform various procedures for diagnostic as well as therapeutic purposes. These include:
- Electrodiagnostic studies
- Joint injections
- Nerve conduction testing
- Trigger point injections
What are the treatments for musculoskeletal pain and sports injuries?
Treatment for musculoskeletal pain and sports injuries will depend upon each patient’s unique needs. Treatment options may include:
- Resting – Resting is often the first and most important step to improving symptoms, which involves stopping or reducing all activities that make the pain worse.
- Immobilization – In some cases, complete immobilization for a finite period of time will be necessary in order to keep the affected area from moving and to prevent further damage.
- Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) – Taking anti-inflammatory medications can considerably reduce your discomfort by reducing swelling and pain.
- Surgery – When necessary, surgery may be recommended in order to repair more complex injuries or degenerative conditions that will not heal well on their own.
- Physical therapy & rehabilitation – Some patients may require rehabilitation in order to ensure long-term success of treatment outcomes and to reduce the chances of repeat injuries.
Depending upon your needs, additional therapies may be considered, including ultrasound, massage therapy or the procedures listed below.
At Park Avenue Medical Professionals, our physiatrists provide care for both acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems. Our board-certified physiatrist will design an individualized treatment program to decrease your pain, improve your mobility and reduce the risk of further injuries. Learn more about our physiatry services by contacting our office at 212.427.2000. You can also make an appointment by filling out this form.