What is Sports Medicine?
A sports medicine physician is a physician with significant specialized training in both the treatment and prevention of illness and injury. The sports medicine physician helps patients maximize function and minimize disability and time away from sports, work, or school. He or she is a physician who:
- Is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or Physical Medicine/ Rehabilitation.
- Has obtained one to two years of additional training in Sports Medicine through one of the accredited Fellowship (subspecialty) Programs in Sports Medicine.
- Has passed a national Sports Medicine certification examination allowing them to hold a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.
- Further adds to their expertise through participation in continuing medical education activities and recertification via re-examination every ten years. This rigorous process was instituted to distinguish certified sports medicine physicians from other physicians without specialized training.
- Is a leader of the sports medicine team, which also may include specialty physicians and surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists, coaches, other personnel, and the athlete.
Nonsurgical In-Office Procedures
At McKinley Sports Medicine, we utilize the latest technology to ensure a rapid return to sport or activity. Not only is there on-site x-ray but Dr. Malcolm is skilled in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound which allows immediate imaging and diagnosis of many problems as well as ensuring injections are placed accurately. Advanced treatments such as stem cell injections, platelet rich plasma, hydrodissection and OMT are offered.
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We act as team physicians for the north star borough school district sports teams. We offer preparticipation physical exams to athletes of all ages throughout the year in addition to volunteering at the free mass preparticipation physicals twice yearly. In addition, Dr. Malcolm has helped to write and update the north star borough concussion policy. We help with injuries on and off the field, youth sport, the weekend warrior and occupational injuries.
Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
Long term management of chronic medical conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. This can be nonsurgical neck, back or tailbone pain. Knee, Hip, shoulder, hand or other areas of arthritis. Fibromyalgia, Ehlers Danlos and other autoimmune and connective tissue disorders. We utilize medications (topical, oral and injections) along with a hands on approach to care. We often collaborate with physical therapy and other community resources. We do not offer chronic pain medicine contracts and will not offer long term narcotic prescriptions.
Medical Concerns in Athletes
From UW website “Often times athletes struggle with medical issues such as concussion, asthma, hypertension, diabetes, or fatigue that require a “sports medicine approach”. Our doctors are experts at diagnosing your medical condition and treating it in a way that facilitates your ability to remain active and compete. The family medicine physicians at the Stadium Clinic are “family docs” first and are board certified not only in sports medicine, but their primary specialty, Family Medicine. This background enables them to look at the whole person, not just a system and help patients achieve their activity goals, an important component of overall health.” We would want something similar.
Most common conditions I see are concussion, hypertension, asthma, fatigue, incontinence, connective tissue disorders.