We found 4 sports medicine providers who accept Medicare near Gastonia, NC.

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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 is a Gastonia, NC physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Maitra include knee problems and hip problems. His professional affiliations include Gaston Memorial Hospital, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, and Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Maitra completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Maitra accepts the following insurance: Most Insurance Plans and Medicare. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Named by US News & World Report as a Top Doctor (story); OrthoCarolina Catalyst Award Winner; and OrthoCarolina Physician of the Year Runner-Up. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Osteoporosis, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Theodore Andrew Belanger, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
706 Summit Crossing Place; Suite 1101
Gastonia, NC
 

Dr. Theodore Belanger's specialties are spine surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. Dr. Belanger has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include spine surgery procedures and musculoskeletal problems. He is affiliated with Carolinas HealthCare System, Texas Health Dallas, and Medical City Frisco. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Belanger accepts. Dr. Belanger welcomes new patients. He studied medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He completed his residency training at Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Problems, Spine Surgery Procedures

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

Dr. Patricia McHale's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Gaston Memorial Hospital, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, and Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. She honors Medicare insurance. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. McHale attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. McHale speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Erik Johnson's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine; he sees patients in Gastonia, NC. Dr. Johnson is in-network for Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Johnson is professionally affiliated with Gaston Memorial Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee ... (Read more)

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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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