A sports doctor is an orthopedic specialist who conducts minimally invasive surgery on athletes. Athletes mostly suffer from soft tissue injuries when engaged in sports. The role of a sports doctor is to reconstruct these damaged soft tissues for the athletes’ complete recovery.
Let’s take a look at some of the other important things to know about sports doctors.
Sports doctors can also conduct bone surgeries on athletes when there is a need. A sports doctor works mainly by examining the condition of an athlete’s joints. This examination involves making a few tiny incisions around the areas where joints are positioned. The doctor then inserts a camera into one of the incisions to give him the visual picture that is vital for a successful operation.
Inserting of surgical tools is done through the other incisions. The efficiency of sports medicine enables lower pain levels and faster recovery rates in patients—some of the soft tissues that a sports doctor reconstructs include ligaments, cartilages, and tendons. Most athletes often suffer from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries.
Although sports injuries are very common among teenagers and young adults, sports doctors also ensure that older active people can get back to their desired activity level.