Sports Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2940 E Banner Gateway Drive, Mesa, AZ 85206
trigger point injection, dislocation, myelopathy ...
"I had three office visits with this physician, never waited less than 45 minutes after my scheduled appointment to see him or his PA. He always had an reason, always some minor emergency. Had hand surgery scheduled for over a month, they called me the night before and changed it from 1PM to 6PM. I cancelled and have not been back. Will use a physician with more respect for his patients. "
knee pain, general orthopedics, knee ligament injury ...
"If you want a 6-8" scar on your hip and a nasty case of neuropathy, he's your guy! Also, despite asking for modifications in hip PT so as not to hurt my arthritic knee, it still became very sore. Stupidly I told him, for which he gave me an injection. It didn't help but now my knee "pops" when I stand up, sometimes when I simply move my leg. I had 5 Supartz injections in that knee years ago and, though they didn't help, they also didn't cause a PROBLEM. He has no clue why/how this happened and suggested I might want to see someone else. I rue the day I chose this practice!! GO ELSEWHERE!"
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.