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We found 5 sports medicine providers who accept Medicare near Gastonia, NC.

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. Dr. McHale's professional affiliations include Gaston Memorial Hospital, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, and Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. She takes Medicare insurance. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. McHale attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. She speaks Spanish.

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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 an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist. Dr. Maitra is affiliated with Gaston Memorial Hospital, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, and Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Patient ratings for Dr. Maitra average 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Medicare insurance. 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.

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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 practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in Gastonia, NC. Dr. Johnson is professionally 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 is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Dr. John Ralph Carson II, DO
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine, Adult Critical Care, Sports Medicine
2525 Court Drive
Gastonia, NC
 

Dr. John Carson's medical specialty is adult hospital medicine, adult critical care, and sports medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Frye Regional Medical Center and Gaston Memorial Hospital. Dr. Carson graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Carson trained at Greenville Health System. Dr. Carson accepts Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine
2525 Court Drive
Gastonia, NC
 

Dr. Lawrence Linett, who practices in Wilmington, NC and Gastonia, NC, is a medical specialist in emergency medicine. He honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Linett's education and training includes medical school at Albany Medical College and residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital and CaroMont Health.

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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.