frequently asked questions
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Sports Medicine Physicians are highly trained orthopedic specialists who understand the human body in motion, better than any other medical specialty. Their unique training and focus on the complex musculoskeletal system (joints, muscles, bones, tendons, cartilage and other connective tissues) means they can diagnose, treat and manage not only injuries sustained, but also illnesses and ailments associated with aging – such as osteoarthritis.
While they are ideally suited to treat athletes, they are also an ideal provider for individuals seeking to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle – creating comprehensive treatment plans for anyone who has experienced a decrease in mobility and / or an increase in pain. Unlike other specialties, Sports Medicine Physicians emphasis non-surgical intervention, offering a range of treatment options, tailored to each patient.
Sports Medicine Physicians diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system – from injuries and strains to aging joints and arthritis.
Common complaints that we address are joint and muscle pain, tendonitis, rotator cuff issues, knee, shoulder, neck and back pain, as well as osteoarthritis. Many of our patients visit us when they notice that they are no longer able to comfortably engage in activities they once enjoyed, be it running and hiking to simply being able to walk up stairs.
It is also common for a patient to experience pain in an area of the body, that is not in fact the source of the pain – many times as the body compensates for an injury, aging or muscle weakness, it can create issues in other parts of the body. Sports Medicine Physicians are trained to view and treat the body as a complex interconnected system – not isolated parts.
While both Sports Medicine Physicians and Orthopedic Surgeons specialize in orthopedics, the branch of medicine that focuses on the care of the musculoskeletal system – both specialties approach this care in different ways.
Sports Medicine Physicians are trained to diagnose, treat and manage the complete health of their patients with an emphasis on non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal conditions – offering comprehensive treatments plans that can include everything from physical therapy and rehabilitation, to non-surgical procedures (such as PRP, Trigger Point Injections and Stem Cell Therapy) and referrals to surgery if necessary. Orthopedic Surgeons on the other hand, specialize in the operative treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.
At KYNETIC HEALTH, we believe in offering our patients the fullest range of available treatment options and working with them to achieve the best possible outcome – for less than 3% of our patients, surgery may be necessary. In those cases, we work closely with an Orthopedic Surgeon and follow your recovery from the beginning.
Perhaps the most significant difference between a Sports Medicine Physician and a Physical Therapist, is education. Sports Medicine Physicians are board certified medical doctors that specialize in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions, requiring them to complete at least 8 years of study. Physiotherapists / Physical Therapists on the other hand are required to only complete 3 years of study.
As experts in the field of human anatomy and the musculoskeletal system, Sports Medicine Physicians can diagnose patients in a number of ways, including observing how a patient walks, stands, sits or runs, as well as using advanced diagnostic tools such as x-rays and MRI’s.
Physiotherapists can observe how a patient moves and can document patient complaints – but they can not diagnose a musculoskeletal condition.
It is not uncommon for a Sports Medicine Physician to prescribe Physical Therapy as a form of treatment, especially when a patient is suffering from a lack of flexibility or muscle weakness. In these cases, the Sports Medical Physician will provide the Physical Therapist with a thorough diagnosis and request treatment in the form of exercise, massage and/or heat – all of which will be overseen by the Sports Medicine Physician.
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is the process in which we use your body’s blood cells – to heal you. We have all observed a clot form where there is a cut in the skin, but platelets in your blood do so much more – they begin the body’s own process of repair. When platelets activate to form a clot, they also release chemical messengers that initiate and organize proteins, intent on repairing the damaged tissue.
Using ultrasound guided injections and precisely placing PRP into the site of an injury can initiate the healing process and many published studies have shown that it is safe and effective in treating a wide spectrum of ailments, including but not limited to : osteoarthritis (arthritis due to aging), tendinopathies / tendinosis (the breakdown of collagen in a tendon), damage to ligaments and tendons, as well as knee and shoulder pain.
While some injuries do require multiple injections, most of our patients notice a significant improvement in pain and function after just 6 – 8 weeks of their injection. As a result of PRP treatment, the vast majority of our patients have successfully avoided having surgery. At Kynetic Health we are committed using the safest, most innovative treatments in order to help you get your active lifestyle back.
Unfortunately at this time, few insurance companies cover PRP. Outside of the treatment for diabetic wounds, PRP is only covered by Tricare Prime – available only to active duty and retirees from the US Military, and only for procedures related to the knees and elbows.
The out-of-pocket cost for the procedure generally ranges from $1,000 to $2,000 – a significant expense for anyone. However, the results achieved by this procedure result in the overwhelming percentage of our patients avoiding surgery, regaining much of their mobility and significantly decreasing their pain – permanently. This out-patient procedure also means that our patients lose little to no time from work due to recovery.