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

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Dr Theodore Andrew Belanger MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Average rating 3.7 stars out of 5 (11 ratings)
706 Summit Crossing Place; Suite 1101
Gastonia, NC

Dr. Theodore Belanger is a spine surgeon, orthopedist, and sports medicine specialist. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He completed his residency training at Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. In his practice, Dr. Belanger focuses on spine surgery procedures and musculoskeletal problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Belanger's professional affiliations include Carolinas HealthCare System, Medical City Frisco, and Texas Health Dallas. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Problems, Spine Surgery Procedures

Dr Ranjan Simon Maitra MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Average rating 3.33 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
870 Summit Crossing Place
Gastonia, NC

Dr. Ranjan Maitra, who practices in Gastonia, NC, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems and hip problems. Dr. Maitra accepts Most Insurance Plans and Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky, Dr. Maitra attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Maitra's distinctions 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 conversant in Spanish. Dr. Maitra is affiliated with OrthoCarolina and CaroMont Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Hip Problems, Knee Problems

Dr Patricia Lynn McHale MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
870 Summit Crossing Place
Gastonia, NC

Dr. Patricia McHale practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. She speaks Spanish. Dr. McHale's professional affiliations include OrthoCarolina and CaroMont Health. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. She accepts Medicare insurance.

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Dr Erik C Johnson MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2345 Court Drive
Gastonia, NC

Dr. Erik Johnson's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Johnson honors Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is affiliated with 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.
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