Sports Medicine

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As the Medical Services Provider of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers and Detroit FC, our DMC sports medicine physicians and staff are committed to providing you with the same level of care and expertise we provide to our professional athletes. We believe in a team approach to care, meaning your individualized treatment plan will be designed with inputs from our team of sports orthopedic surgeons, nonsurgical sports medicine specialists, physical therapists and certified athletic trainers.

The Sports Injuries and Conditions We Treat

The DMC specializes in diagnosing and providing treatment for all types of sports injuries such as, but not limited to,

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
  • Concussions
  • Dislocations
  • Groin pull
  • Overuse injuries
  • Patellofemoral syndrome
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Shin splints
  • Strains, sprains and fractures
  • Swollen muscles
  • Tennis elbow

Our Treatment Options

Our sports medicine team helps treat sports injuries by offering and providing the following treatment options:

  • Minimally invasive orthopedic procedures (i.e., robotic-assisted joint replacement surgery, arthroscopy, joint fusion, etc.)
  • Traditional surgery
  • Casts and splints (for partial tears)
  • Oral medication [i.e., pain killers, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), etc.]
  • Physical therapy
  • Exercises to improve strength and movement

Other Sports Medicine Services

Aside from providing advice, athlete screenings and treatment options for sports injuries, the DMC also offers medical coverage for a wide variety of sporting events. We send our seasoned experts on-site to care for athletes who may be suffering from an injury. We also have specialized programs and resources, such as the DMC Concussion Management Program and the Sports Performance Academy for easier access to athlete assessments, specific sports trainings and care.

Get Back in the Game with DMC

An injury at the gym, on the court or even during a touch football game in the backyard may need professional attention. If you or someone you know are suffering from a sports or an exercise injury, whether it’s a sprain, strain, fracture, dislocation or any other type of injury, we have sports medicine specialists and staff who provide both nonoperative and surgical solutions that may help patients get back in the game or an active lifestyle as quickly as possible. With DMC, a minor setback may become an epic comeback.

What Is Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine, also called sports and exercise medicine (SEM), is a branch of medicine that focuses on the preventive care and treatment of injuries and conditions related to exercise and sports. The goal of sports medicine is to help athletes and active people achieve their training goals, as well as engage in physical activities, exercise and sports as safely as possible. A sports medicine team is usually composed of sports medicine physicians, specialists, sports orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, athletic trainers, coaches, athletes and other staff.

What Is a Sports Medicine Physician?

A sports medicine physician is a doctor who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of injuries related to sports and exercise. Before finishing a two-year fellowship in sports medicine and earning a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Sports Medicine from the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), these physicians are first certified in a specialization such as orthopedics, emergency medicine, pediatrics, family practice or internal medicine.

Some sports medicine physicians cater to nonoperative musculoskeletal conditions. On the other hand, some are considered sports orthopedic surgeons who are more focused on surgical treatment options for sports injuries.

You may find sports medicine physicians who work exclusively with athletes, or with specific teams of athletes, while others work with all types of patients. That’s what we do here at the DMC. We offer our sports medicine services to people from all walks of life, whether they’re professional athletes or individuals who simply love staying on top of their health by exercising regularly or going to the gym.

When Should You See a Sports Medicine Physician?

Sports injuries vary from mild to severe. The pain and swelling in minor sports injuries can usually be reduced by using the RICE method even at home. This stands for rest, ice application, compression and elevation. However, for medium to severe injuries, it’s recommended to see a sports medicine doctor.

Some of the common signs of a more severe sports injury include

  • A popping or crunching sound in the joint
  • Having visible deformities, bumps or lumps
  • Instability
  • Not being able to stand, walk or function
  • Severe pain and swelling
  • Inability to put weight on the joint or weak area

Who Is at Risk for Sports Injuries?

As the name suggests, sports injuries occur in the middle of a sports game or exercise. You may be at a higher risk for a sports or exercise injury if you

  • Play contact sports
  • Haven’t been physically active in a while and just returned to playing or training recently
  • Don’t warm up or cool down properly before and after training or exercise

Immediate Access to Safe Care and Professional Advice

If you need treatment for an injury or you need advice on achieving your sports training goals, our sports medicine doctors and specialists are here for you. You can go to our convenient locations across Southeast Michigan. Simply request an appointment today, and you will hear from us as soon as possible. Meanwhile, if you need immediate access to a sports medicine physician, please don’t hesitate to call our 24/7 Injury Hotline at 313-910-9328.

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Sports Medicine Success Stories at DMC

At the DMC, we do our best to provide faster care so our patients may see and experience better outcomes. We strive to make our patients feel supported throughout every step of their journey, from scheduling an appointment with a sports medicine physician to potentially going through rehabilitation. And as always, your safe orthopedic care is our #1 priority.

Read our Sports Medicine Success Stories

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