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What is a Sports Medicine and Injury Care specialist?

Ninety percent of sports injuries or pain in the back, neck and joints do not require surgery. Our experts specialize in non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal, back, neck and medical conditions. The team maximizes medical treatment and, if appropriate, guide referrals to physical and occupational therapy, or perform injections to treat the underlying condition. The goal of our team of experts is to treat and prevent illness and injury and to help patients maximize function and minimize disability and time away from sports, work, or school.

Where are the Sports Medicine and Injury Care offices located?

Carolinas HealthCare System puts our experts in convenient locations so access to care is just around the corner. If pain or an injury is getting in your way, walk in to one of our locations or call 704-863-HURT to make an appointment today.

What special training does a Sports Medicine and Injury Care specialist have?

Sports Medicine and Injury Care specialists at Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) are trained in family medicine or physical medicine/rehabilitation. They may have one year of additional training in sports medicine or interventional pain medicine through an accredited fellowship program. A Sports Medicine and Injury Care specialist may be certified in sports medicine and/or pain medicine. Many have had significant experience working directly with athletes and share this expertise with patients of all activity levels.

Do sports medicine specialists only treat competitive athletes?

No. Sports Medicine and Injury Care specialists are ideal physicians for the non-athlete as well, and are excellent resources for the individual who wishes to become active or begin an exercise program. For the “weekend warrior” or “industrial athlete” who experiences an injury, the same expertise used for the competitive athlete can be applied to return the individual as quickly as possible to full function.

While conditioned athletes are welcome, consider these potential patients as well:

  • 19 year-old dancer with foot pain
  • 55 year-old banker with lower back pain
  • 14 year old soccer player with concussion
  • 33 year-old police academy recruit with shoulder pain and an upcoming PT test
  • 20 year-old runner with stress fractures and disordered eating
  • 50 year-old administrator with hip pain after resuming exercise
  • 26 year-old runner with neck pain
  • 81 year-old grandparent seeking injury prevention guidance
  • 38 year old woman who twists her ankle doing yard work
  • 42 year-old father with a history of heat exhaustion and recurrent dehydration

What if the Sports Medicine & Injury Care is closed when I need care?

We have designed a seamless system to meet your sports medicine and injury care needs. If you experience an injury during evening or weekend hours, access one of our many convenient urgent care centers, including two children’s urgent care offices. If specialized care is needed, our staff will schedule your appointment with us for the very next work day.

What other services can a sports medicine specialist coordinate?

Our physicians can coordinate any necessary imaging, testing, therapy and a referral to an orthopedic surgeon, if needed. As the largest, integrated system in the region, our staff can coordinate all of these services within the Carolinas HealthCare System network if that is your preference.


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