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What is sports medicine? Do sports medicine physicians only treat athletes?

Sports medicine doctors treat and prevent sports injury, but sports medicine is not just for athletes. Anyone who is active can benefit from this type of care, including runners, cyclists, weekend warriors and even people who get injured while active at work.

Becoming a sports medicine physician requires an additional two years of training in a specialized fellowship program. These physicians can recommend safe strength-training exercises if you have chronic pain and they can help you return to a sport after you’ve been injured. They work closely with your primary care physician to provide comprehensive care. Whether your goal is to resume an activity you once enjoyed, regain mobility after an injury or start a new exercise program in pursuit of an active lifestyle, sports medicine can help.

What types of injuries do they typically treat?

Sports medicine physicians are highly specialized in surgical and non-surgical treatment for ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee and shoulder injuries, tendonitis, stress fractures, overuse injuries and concussions. They also treat acute or chronic pain stemming from joints, hips, back, bones or muscles. Sports medicine doctors have access to the most advanced medical technology and will work with you to create a customized treatment plan, just like they do with pro athletes.

With 36 physicians, 10 office locations, eight physical therapy clinics and an outpatient surgery center, OrthoVirginia is Northern Virginia’s largest provider of expert orthopaedic and sports medicine care. We’ve helped thousands of patients of all ages get their lives back in motion and we want to thank the readers of Arlington Magazine for voting us a top vote-getter for Best Sports Medicine. Visit us at one of our locations in Arlington, McLean, Tysons Corner, Alexandria, Fairfax, Burke, Fair Oaks, Springfield, Herndon and Reston.