The term “sports medicine” refers to the identification, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries., an orthopedic surgeon in the practice of Orthopedic Affiliates, Inc., says that during the past three decades, the concept of sports medicine has evolved dramatically.
“In the 1960s and 70s, the field of sports medicine was geared towards the professional athlete, .” “Today, the vast majority of patients who benefit from sports medicine are amateur sports enthusiasts of all ages, from high school athletes to senior citizens.”
In addition to serving a wider population, the field of sports medicine has seen remarkable advancements. In the past, treatment of orthopedic injuries involved extensive surgery, including large incisions and a lengthy recovery period.
“We view the healing process very differently today,” “Thanks to advances in rehabilitation protocols, many injuries can be treated without invasive procedures such as Maxillofacial surgery. Nevertheless, even when surgery is required, patients are able to regain function and resume their activities faster than ever before. That is especially true for some of the more common injuries such as a torn meniscus (cartilage) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) problems.”