The goal is to build a plan that best suits the patient’s recovery in preparation for safe reintegration into an active lifestyle. The risk of re-injury can be high depending on the initial condition, so continued support can be necessary for months after the first consultation.
Sports physicians receive advanced training in how to restore function to injured patients so they can continue with sporting activities as soon as possible. They have extensive training in how to prevent injury and sickness in people with an active lifestyle. Sports physicians can treat people from all walks of life — everyone from professional athletes, to children and teens involved in sports, to adults who exercise for recreation. They also treat workers with physically demanding jobs.
What Can Sports Medicine Treat?
Sports medicine physicians have specialized training in the assessment, diagnosis, and assisted care of joint and muscle injury. They work with active people of all ages and all levels of athletic skill.
The lead Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician at East Toronto is Dr. David Lowe. He was the first physician to complete the comprehensive Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Toronto. Spending over ten years as the Team Physician at Ryerson University, Dr. Lowe was also on staff at the University of Toronto David L. Macintosh Sports Medicine Clinic for eight years. With experience with recreational, amateur, elite and professional athletes, he is also the local physician for Cirque du Soleil when they visit Toronto.
What is the difference between sports medicine doctor and a chiropractor
In Canada, the Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine (or CASEM) regulates the sports medicine profession. In order to become a sports medicine doctor, a physician must complete their MD at an accredited university. They must then finish post-graduate training, and finally a 1-2 year sports medicine fellowship. Afterwards, they must sit through their CASEM diploma in sports medicine to be accredited as a sports medicine physician in Canada.
What is the aim of sports medicine?
The aim of Sports Medicine is the care of athletes and other individuals practicing sport and exercise who need advice, diagnosis and medical management of various conditions.
How do does a sports medicine physician assess patients?
As with any patient, the physician will undertake a thorough history taking, review or order relevant tests, and complete a physical examination
What is the difference between a sports physician and an orthopedic doctor?
Many sports injuries do not require surgical management; if needed a sports physician will refer to an orthopaedic surgeon for a surgical consultation. Orthopaedic surgical training is undertaken by completing a surgical fellowship program
How do sports physicians treat ankle sprains?
As with any patient, the physician will undertake a thorough history taking, review or order relevant tests, and complete a physical examination. Treatment for an ankle sprin is based on the sevrity and may include bracing, acute injury management, and rehabilitation
How do sports physicians treat cartilage injuries?
Dependent on the injury severity, a managment may include a range of options from surgical referral, to conservative care with advice about modified activity and pain management and rehabilitation
How do sports physicians treat concussions?
After a medical screening, a physician will give advice about recovery and often recommend a graded exercise and treatment plan. See concussion FAQ section