We found 3 sports medicine providers who accept Humana near Waco, TX.

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Dr. Reed Locke Bartz MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
average rating 1.5 stars (3 ratings)
5100 Franklin Avenue; Suite C
Waco, TX

Dr. Reed Bartz works as an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Bartz performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 1.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
6600 Fish Pond Road; Suite 201
Waco, TX

Dr. Nolan Malthesen is an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist in Waco, TX, Fort Worth, TX, and Benbrook, TX. He is affiliated with Texas Health Resources. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at JPS Health Network. Dr. Malthesen accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Sports Medicine
50 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard; Suite 303
Waco, TX

Dr. Christopher Miars works as a family medicine physician and sports medicine specialist. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Miars attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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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