Orthopaedics involves the complete care of your musculoskeletal system. This includes the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of injuries to your muscles and bones.
Sports Medicine is a specialization of that discipline. It is concerned with the unique demands of a group of patients who need, or want, to return to active athletics. This includes anyone who is physically active or who has a physically demanding job, such as a self-employed farmer. In essence, the physicians and staff of this practice are concerned with doing whatever it takes to help their patients resume a full range of activities.
In all cases, there is a need to know the latest surgical and reconstructive techniques, the most advanced bracing mechanisms, the most effective therapeutic modalities and most importantly:
What it’s going to take to get that person back to playing their sport well.
Our physicians’ interest in sports medicine is grounded in a lifetime of active participation in a variety of sports, including football, track, baseball, soccer, rugby, tennis, skiing, windsurfing, wrestling, softball, swimming, ice hockey and mountain climbing. Additionally, their expansive knowledge has come from outstanding educational careers with some of the country’s top sports medicine physicians and from years of successful application here in Hamilton.
What is interesting about sports medicine is that it requires both an understanding of and interest in sports, paired with intimate knowledge about what is available to help an injured athlete. For example, a pitcher whose shoulder continually dislocates is going to require a considerably different treatment and rehabilitation program than an office worker. The same goes for the running back with torn ligaments in his knee or the tennis player who breaks a wrist.