What is the difference between a Sports Medicine Physician and an
Orthopedic Surgeon?

Sports Medicine physicians specialize in the complete health care of
athletes. Orthopedic Surgeons specialize in the operative treatment of
injuries. Both are trained in the care of musculoskeletal problems.
Approximately 90% of all sports injuries are non-surgical. When surgery
is necessary, the Sports Medicine physician can expedite referral to the
Orthopedic Surgeon. More patients are referred to Dr. Silberman by
orthopedic surgeons, than Dr. Silberman refers to orthopedic surgeons.

Sports Medicine physicians are additionally trained musculoskeletal
ultrasound, ultrasound guided injections, and non-musculoskeletal
aspects of sports health, such as concussions, exercise-induced asthma,
over training and fatigue, return to play issues after being sick or injured,
nutrition, training and conditioning.

To become a Sports Medicine Physician, one must complete a residency
in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, or
Pediatrics followed by a Fellowship of 1 to 2 years of training specifically
focused on Sports Medicine - the comprehensive care of the athlete's
orthopedic, medical, nutritional, and psychosocial needs.

The Sports Medicine physician's training is spent primarily in the office,
in the training room, on the field, at mass participation events, and in
human performance labs. The Orthopedic Surgeon's training is primarily
spent in the operating room, emergency room, and hospital. An
Orthopedic Surgeon may do a surgical sports medicine fellowship
focused on gaining additional surgical skills in shoulder and knee
arthroscopic surgery. Most orthopedic surgeons are not trained in MSK
Ultrasound, an invaluable tool for the sports medicine physician, enabling
sports medicine physicians rapid in office diagnosis of musculoskeletal
injuries and ensuring accurate and painless needle placement for
injections.

Sports Medicine Physicians are ideal doctors for the non-athlete as well -
for those who wish to begin an exercise program, for the "weekend
warrior", for the "industrial athlete", for workman's comp, for motor
vehicle accidents, for the older wise individual, for any individual who
has sustained an injury, experiences musculoskeletal pain, or is looking to
improve their overall health.
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