Both are well trained in musculoskeletal medicine. Sports medicine doctors specialize in the non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal conditions while orthopedic surgeons are trained in both the non-operative and operative treatment of these conditions.
Approximately 90% of all sports injuries are non-surgical. We can maximize non-operative treatment, guide appropriate referrals to physical and occupational therapies, and, if necessary, expedite referral to an orthopedic/sports surgeon.
No. Sports medicine 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.
If you are a “weekend warrior” or “industrial athlete” who experiences an injury, we can apply the same expertise used for a competitive athlete to return you to full function as quickly as possible.
Not necessarily. If your pain or injury is new or urgent, you can just walk in.
However, if your pain is chronic in nature, it is better to make an appointment to allow our providers adequate time to fully assess your chronic condition. In most cases, we can get you scheduled within 1 or 2 days.
We do prioritize our scheduled appointments, and, because your care and comfort is our main concern, our staff will triage your pain and injury. This may mean that occasionally another patient will be taken back to an exam room before you.
In most cases, commercial insurance plans do not require a referral to obtain the services we provide here. However, if you are unsure of your insurance plan coverage and exclusions, it would be wise to call your insurance company and ask.
If you have an established provider assigned to your workers’ compensation case, you will need to contact your adjustor first.
The providers here at PICSM are contracted with most of the dominant insurance plans in this area. This means we have signed a contract to be in their network of preferred providers, or PPO. See a list of most of the plans we participate in. If you do not see your insurance company on the list, you may need to check with your specific company.
For your first appointment with us, we will need:
- Registration / health history form
- Injury information sheet
- Insurance card
- Any diagnostic imaging studies (ultrasound, MRI, CT, or X-ray) related to your visit
If your images were taken locally, we may be able to access these online and we will ask you to sign an authorization allowing us to do so.
You can access our patient forms online to help shorten your wait time in our waiting room. There will be some additional information we will obtain from you when you arrive.
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