We found 3 sports medicine providers who accept Medicare near Gastonia, NC.

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Dr. Patricia Lynn McHale, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
706 Summit Crossing Place
Gastonia, NC
 

Dr. Patricia McHale is a Gastonia, NC physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. She is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. McHale attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. McHale is professionally affiliated with Gaston Memorial Hospital, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, and Novant Health Matthews Medical Center.

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Dr. Ranjan Simon Maitra, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
706 Summit Crossing Place
Gastonia, NC
 

Dr. Ranjan Maitra specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems and hip problems. Dr. Maitra accepts Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Dr. Maitra has received the following distinctions: Named by US News & World Report as a Top Doctor (story); OrthoCarolina Catalyst Award Winner; and OrthoCarolina Physician of the Year Runner-Up. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Gaston Memorial Hospital, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, and Novant Health Matthews Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Hip Problems, Knee Problems

Dr. Erik Charles Johnson, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
620 Summit Crossing Place; Suite 108
Gastonia, NC
 

Dr. Erik Johnson is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Johnson is affiliated with Gaston Memorial Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He honors Medicare insurance.

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What is Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine is the specialty that promotes physical fitness and activity while managing, treating, and preventing injuries that happen during exercise or participation in sports. Sports medicine fosters wellness and fitness and works to inhibit injury. A sports medicine specialist may work with professional athletes, school sports teams, individuals who participate in sports on the weekend for fun, or someone who is just beginning to exercise for the first time. Although their main focus is on musculoskeletal function, sports medicine specialists also care for patients’ full medical and nutritional needs as they relate to their active lifestyle.

Some examples of the kinds of injuries and issues that a sports medicine specialist might see in their work include:
  • Acute sports injuries (sprains, fractures)
  • Overuse injuries (tendonitis, bursitis)
  • Head injuries (concussion)
  • Heat injuries (heat stroke)
  • Athletes with chronic illness (asthma, diabetes, heart disease) and how their illness is affected by exercise
  • Nutrition and the use of supplements
  • Developing a safe exercise plan for obese or sedentary patients
  • Substance abuse of performance-enhancing drugs
  • Teaching proper form and technique to reduce the chance of injury

Sports medicine specialists often work closely with orthopedic specialists, and the scope of their work can have some overlap. The main distinction is that orthopedic specialists can perform surgery when it is needed, while sports medicine specialists focus on non-surgical solutions for injuries.

Whether they are the team physicians making sure every professional player is performing safely and at their best, or community specialists getting you back in the game after a sprained ankle, sports medicine doctors are there to make sure you’re in good condition to lead an active life.
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