Sports are fun but injuries can sometimes occur. As healthy as an active lifestyle is, strenuous exercise or illness can affect sport performance and professional help may be urgently needed to prevent, treat, and heal those affected. Sports medicine is a relatively new type of practice aimed specifically at this type of treatment.
Do you need a sports therapist or want to find out more on sports medicine? We have a handy guide for you!
What is Sports Medicine?
Sports medicine is the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries which can occur as a result of participation in sports. It focuses on all matters relevant to the active individual, sports athletes or even kids’ sports, as well as an extensive focus on musculoskeletal conditions.
A sports medicine practitioner would typically have these work objectives:
- To assist athletes to reach their optimal performance levels,
- To help with prevention of sports injuries. The most common injuries are knee and shoulder injuries, ankle sprains, head injuries, fractures, and tendonitis.
- To treat chronic conditions which may affect athletic performance
- To devise diet and exercise programs
- To work together with coaches, dieticians, therapists, and other personnel
- To plan treatment and rehabilitation for patients.
Sports medicine makes use of scientific research and knowledge to ensure that athletics receive the best advice for optimal performance. It involves not only orthopedic medicine, but also extends to medical specialties in cardio respirology, psychiatry, and a clear understanding of the needs of the athletes.
Sports medicine specialists are healthcare advisers in sports medicine issues. They focus on treating and preventing illness and injury in active individuals. A sports medicine team of professionals include specialty physicians and surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and coaches. Sports medicine team physicians treat a wide variety of injuries or illnesses. Some of their healing abilities include:
- Treatment of fractures
- Lower leg or foot stress injuries
- Muscular imbalances
- Muscular weaknesses
- Assistance with calorie balance
- Assistance with strength training
- Nutrient imbalances and guidance
- Exercise plans
- Massage therapy
Prolotherapy Oakville, Ontario
Prolotherapy is an alternative therapy that is used to help repair body tissues. It’s otherwise known as regenerative injection therapy or proliferation therapy.
The concept of prolotherapy is thousands of years old and there are various types of prolotherapy available. They all have one common goal: to stimulate the body to repair itself.
Common treatments in this field are dextrose or saline prolotherapy; these involve injecting a sugar or salt solution directly into a joint or other body part to treat conditions, such as sprains, strains, unstable joints, tendon, ligament and muscle problems, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, and even headaches. The result could be reduction of pain and stiffness as well as improved strength, function, and mobility.
The injection is a mild irritant and so it causes your body to start a healing response, eventually resulting in the creation of new, healthy cells. This can result in less pain, more strength, and better joint movement.
Prolotherapy is different from platelet-rich plasma injections or stem cell therapy. Both of these are composed of elements obtained from the patient’s own blood. We should warn that there is a marginally higher risk associated with prolotherapy injections, but the risks really are minimal.
Note that cortisone injections are also different from prolotherapy. Cortisone simply treats the symptoms rather than helping the body to heal via regeneration.
Common Sports Medicine Physiotherapy Questions
How much does physiotherapy cost in Ontario and am I covered by OHIP
Physiotherapists for sports medicine related disciplines can range between $70.00 per visit to $120.00 per treatment. This is inclusive of administrative time, treatment plan preparation, inter-professional and professional- insurer consultations.
There is currently no OHIP coverage for Physiotherapy and Chiropractic care under the Health Insurance Act.
Is pelvic physiotherapy covered by OHIP?
Pelvis physiotherapy is covered by various medical schemes but unfortunately OHIP does not cover it.
Does OHIP cover cortisone injections?
Part of treatment of chronic pain and inflammation could include cortisone injections. While physician consultations are covered by OHIP, what about the injections?
Back in 2018, the Ministry of Health told CBC News that while the cortisone itself is covered under OHIP, the act of injecting it is only covered for in-patients at a hospital. The fee is not covered under OHIP if the shot is administered as an outpatient procedure or at a medical practice where a patient would – by nature of the establishment – be an outpatient.
Are sports medicine doctors covered by OHIP?
Yes, sport medicine doctors are covered by OHIP providers if you have a valid health card. Some treatments such as injections, however, will incur additional costs.
H3 Do you need a referral to see a sports medicine doctor in Ontario?
A sports medicine doctor needs a referral from a physician such as a family medicine physician, general practitioner, or emergency medicine doctor.
Sheddon Physiotherapy for Sports Medicine in Oakville, Ontario
Sports Medicine Specialists at Sheddon Clinic are qualified to:
- Administer cortisone injections and Viscosupplementation injections
- Provide consults and referrals for Platelet Rich Plasma and Prolotherapy injections
Some of the benefits of visiting our sports clinic in Oakville, Ontario include:
- Improving of your health
- Decreasing your pain
- Helping you with injury prevention and mobility
- Comprehensive treatment options
- Faster healing
- Injury treatment for rotator cuff injuries, sports injuries, neck, knee and back pain, plantar fasciitis, concussion, shoulder injuries, tennis elbow, golfers’ elbow, wrist pain and lots more!
Our sports and physiotherapy clinic proves its commitment to your care with extended hours and a strong network of professionals at your disposal. We provide a comprehensive doctor treatment plan that is suitable and convenient for you.
Our experts have attained post graduate qualifications in Sports Medicine, as well as their specialty in General Family Practice – ensuring that you are in only the best hands!
Contact our clinic to book an appointment with one of our specialists.